Building Codes

Proposed ASHI Deck Inspection Standard Open for Comments
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Proposed ASHI Deck Inspection Standard Open for Comments

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is looking for feedback from deck... More

California Toughens Rules for Contractor Oversight
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California Toughens Rules for Contractor Oversight

State lawmakers authored the legislation after a fatal balcony collapse in... More

Code Update: Looking Ahead to the 2018 IRC
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Code Update: Looking Ahead to the 2018 IRC

A coalition of building officials, industry associations, design professionals and... More

11 People Hurt When Lakeside Deck Collapses
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11 People Hurt When Lakeside Deck Collapses

More than three dozen people gathered for a reunion plunge 10 feet when the deck... More

Exploring the Deck Ledger Connection
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Exploring the Deck Ledger Connection

Learn more about the history and evolution of deck ledger code requirements in... More

Guía de la Construcción Española Disponible
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Guía de la Construcción Española Disponible

A Spanish-language version of the AWC's popular Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck... More

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Code Change Cans Cookouts in CT Condos and Apartments

Thousands of apartment dwellers and condo owners will no longer be able to use a grill on their decks, thanks to a change Connecticut's recently revised Fire Prevention Code, which prohibits the use and storage of any type of grill or cooking device on decks, beneath overhangs, or within 10 feet of the building. More

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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Prompts Code Changes

A fatal building failure leads to stricter rules for balconies, landings, decks, stairs, and floors that are exposed to weather. Now they'll have to be constructed of naturally durable or preservative-treated wood, or corrosion-resistant steel, will need to be ventilated when enclosed, and will be subject to tighter maintenance and inspection requirements. More

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Kills 6, Injures 7
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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Kills 6, Injures 7

Six students were killed and seven others were seriously injured when a 4th floor... More

Fire-Resistant Decks
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Fire-Resistant Decks

Using the right decking material makes a big difference in areas prone to wild fires More

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