Building Codes

 Residential builds in Oregon are now required to have rain screens, in addition to a water-resistive barrier, with the state’s unprecedented adoption of the 2014 Oregon State Residential Specialty Code Section R703.1. 

Our Appendix-X standard was developed through industry consensus and has been widely adopted by building officials, architects, and builders across the country.

The energy code fundamentally improves the durability of buildings as well as the health and safety of us humans inside. It’s not just a “nice-to-have.”

Tthe American Institute of Architects (AIA) has urged policymakers to reject any weakening of the building codes that have made America’s buildings the envy of the world and called for making public buildings a part of infrastructure renewal.

One analytical tool that can help you consistently determine code compliance and reliable performance is the freely available wall calculator developed by the Applied Building Technology Group (ABTG). 

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that model energy codes for residential and commercial buildings are projected to save (from 2010-2040) $126 billion at today’s energy prices.

An mpg-like rating for homes is here. For the first time in history, people can find out the expected energy use of any home in the U.S.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has urged policymakers to reject any weakening of the building codes that have made America’s buildings the envy of the world and called for making public buildings a part of infrastructure renewal.

A new guide has been published on the Department of Energy’s Building American Publication and Product Library that addresses various means of applying foam sheathing on framed walls in moderate climate zones. 

LEED certification currently comprises about 40% of green construction’s contribution to the economy, according to the USGBC’s Leticia McCadden, and by 2018, LEED is expected to directly contribute nearly $30 million to the nation’s GDP.