Energy Efficiency

The short answer is no, not according to the law. Why? Because the building official does not have jurisdiction over professional engineers. They only have authority with respect to enforcing the specific provisions of the building code that has been adopted into law.

SBCA and NFC sincerely appreciate all questions and feedback on articles written by our staff. Mr. Derrick Moon, CBO, a building services supervisor in Hillsboro, Oregon responded to an article and the following article is a correspondence to the feedback and questions he posed.

This article, “How Can a Building Official Deny Approval of an RDP's Work?” asks an important due process of law question.

Remodels, new builds and add-ons are booming. In July alone, the City of Palo Alto issued about 200 building permits for various home upgrades, everything from simple lighting improvements and installation of electric car chargers, to kitchen and bathroom updates, to the full deconstruction and rebuilding of a home.

APA-The Engineered Wood Association, often in the past, has used dramatic and traumatic photos to imply, without any direct evidence, that competing products are substandard in some manner.

U.S. plywood producers claim a competing product from Brazil has a high risk of failure in major hurricanes, but consumers can’t tell because the imported wood is falsely certified as structurally sound.

Kingspan recently introduced Kooltherm K9 Internal Insulation Board, a premium performance insulation product used for interior exposed application on basement, crawlspace, attic and habitable space walls.

A little over four years ago, SBC Magazine launched Energy Efficiency & Building Science News (EEBS), to reach various groups associated with the building construction trades in an effort to put valuable and timely information in their hands.

In this article we’ll present the two methods that work together to achieve compliance with modern energy code air leakage requirements.

The market for residential zero-energy buildings grew 59 percent across the United States and Canada last year, according to a new report.