IECC 2009 Code prohibits Open Wood-Burning Fireplaces

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has had widespread adoption by over 30 states across the country and aims to increase building energy efficiency through more stringent building codes. One of the provisions in the code is to prohibit the installation of open fireplaces in family homes and commercial buildings. We take a look at some implications this may have on the building industry.

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Woodson Lumber Celebrates 100 Years in the Business

Founded in 1913 by brothers Jim and Harrie Woodson, Woodson Lumber Company has weathered two world wars, the Great Depression and several economic crises to be stronger than ever in this, its centennial year. From its single store in Caldwell, Texas, Woodson Lumber has grown to seven locations across the state. Woodson is now led by third and fourth generation family members and, along with their dedicated staff, have 800 years of combined experience.

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Severe Weather leads to Construction Code Changes

Climate change poses extraordinary challenges for the construction industry. An increase in severe storms and rising sea levels present a barrage of problems that can, in part, be addressed through more stringent building codes and design. As building products and techniques improve and are able to provide increased protection from the elements, so too must building codes evolve to incorporate those improvements that encourage building to a higher standard.

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How to Cut Construction Costs and Increase Profits Part 1

Times have been tough and the construction sector has had to be leaner and meaner when it comes to building to budget. There are a number of ways for you to reduce costs on-site without reducing the quality of your building or the efficiency with which you operate. Putting a little more time and effort into planning and marketing can go a long way to cutting your costs.

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Building a Barrier: Keeping Air Out and Energy In

Energy efficiency: It is an often-used term and a concept that is quickly becoming a priority for businesses, consumers and governments worldwide. Recently, United States President Barack Obama declared October National Energy Awareness Month, stating, “If we are to advance energy and climate security, we must focus on energy efficiency, promote sustainable industries…and set effective and achievable standards for the generation and use of clean energy.” As energy efficiency continues to increase as a matter of importance, groups and individuals alike are examining ways in which they can make changes and “set effective and achievable standards”. For many, this change starts with the home.

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6 Myths of Green Consumers

A new national study of green consumers contradicts several long-held stereotypes about them: The environment is not their top concern, their kids are not influencing them to be green, and while many know what they should do to save the planet, they often don’t do it. As a result, marketing messages aimed at this group often fall on deaf ears. Read on for the top 6 myths of Green Consumers.

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