Codes & Standards

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A modular system to streamline window well construction

As safety concerns drive ever more stringent deck codes, remodelers and builders find ways to ensure projects pass inspection

It's going to affect a lot of your materials 

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Photos: top and bottom right, Tomislav forgo /; right, Joshua Rainey /; bottom left, Jo Ann Snover / 

The line between doing business and committing fraud is thinner than you think 

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Risk expert says stronger building codes and practices needed

Despite the growing popularity of ADUs, few local governments have defined policies for addressing them

The program recognizes remodeling firms that demonstrate sound business and operations practices

Photo: courtesy ITW

OSHA decides home improvement and construction industry pros need more information before it can enforce its new standard 

Initial investment in mitigation is key to a sound structure

Photo: courtesy World Property Journal

Are you ready for the new overtime rule?

contractor licensing reform

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Underfunded and underenforced, a fragmented contractor licensing system allows unlicensed and unregistered contractors to operate with impunity. Here are five steps to start fixing that situation  

Illustration of whole-house ventilation air flows

All illustrations: Home Innovation Research Labs

Code, safety, and performance considerations 

OSHA's reduced limits for jobsite exposure to crystalline silica is expressed in micrograms per cubic meter. Here's some math to make those numbers more meaningful

Worker with respirator sawing drywall

Photo: Hamtil Construction

Here's what you need to do to comply with OSHA's final rule on respirable crystalline silica

Plaster demolition worker

Photo: Peter Derosier

It’s time remodelers adopted these commonsense measures to protect workers and homeowners from jobsite dust

Update about revisions to AWPA’s U1 standard for pressure-treated lumber

Recent changes to the AWPA’s U1 Standard for use categories UC3B and UC4A require lumber rated for ground contact to be used for some above-ground components, such as ledgers, beams, and joists, “when they are difficult to maintain, repair, or replace, and are critical to the performance and safety” of the structure, the document states. Photo: Dan Morrison

Revisions to AWPA’s U1 standard may require using lumber rated for ground contact in some above-ground applications

Just because OSHA inspectors aren’t on duty, it doesn’t mean cheating contractors can get away with anything

The state intends to seize and liquidate his assets to repay customers that were victimized

Legal: Worker Misclassification Under Greater Scrutiny

worker misclassification is suddenly in the spotlight due to a couple of high-profile cases involving government contracts

Safety: More Scrutiny on Mass Contractors from OSHA Emphasis Programs

If your workers aren’t wearing fall protection gear, might as well put up a poster asking OSHA for a fine

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