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As building codes and eco-savvy customers demand more energy efficiency from their homes, it has fallen to the construction professionals to create an effective building envelope. In this task, the blower door test plays a vital role in helping builders to find the gaps in the building envelope and seal them.

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Deck Joist Span Table

When most builders are determining joist spans for decks, they refer to floor joist spans in their local US building codes. However, decks have to withstand moisture and inclement weather and may be framed with incised treated lumber which means that those joist ratios won’t be accurate.

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OSHA’s New Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

As construction projects reopen across the country, OSHA is revising its standards to include guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The revised guidelines were put in place to ensure construction companies institute the proper procedures to protect employees and customers. OSHA will be increasing the number of in-person inspections to workplaces of all kinds …

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What’s your Building Science Climate Zone?

Knowing your climate zone and building accordingly is one of the basic tenants of building science. Moisture, extreme temperatures and inclement weather require completely different building techniques to ensure longevity and efficiency. When you know your building climate zone you can select techniques and materials that are safe, cost effective, and efficient to install and provide an energy efficient building envelope.

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3 Key Ways to Change your Construction Company During COVID-19

The construction industry is traditionally reticent to change, but recent environmental concerns and labor shortages have been good catalysts for development. Now the coronavirus pandemic has cemented the need for reinvention. Here’s three ways you can help your construction company evolve. COVID-19 poses some unique challenges including interrupted supply chains, keeping workers safe on site …

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How Gen Z will Influence the Home Market

Generation Z is just about ready to enter the housing market. The impact of this group of young people is not to be underestimated as they are the largest generation in US history. Born between 1997 and 2012, this generation will have a brand-new set of demands from their builders, and construction companies should start …

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