Friday, March 15, 2013

NAHB: New Guide Helps Builders Navigate 2012 Residential Code

A new guide co-published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) provides critical answers to the most frequently asked residential construction jobsite code questions. Available through BuilderBooks, NAHB’s publishing arm, the 2012 Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes: A Quick Guide to the 2012 International Residential Code, is a portable guide for home builders, contractors, inspectors, architects, engineers and other construction professionals. The convenient field guide is a quick reference to the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and provides easy-to-read code requirements for every aspect of residential construction.

The 2012 Home Builders’ Jobsite Code discusses the impact of 2012 code changes to ventilation requirements, wall construction, duct sealing and other areas. It also details new fire safety and hurricane protection measures and discusses topics such as:
  • blower door tests
  • whole-house mechanical ventilation
  • fire protection of floors
  • wall bracing methods
  • roof construction
  • hot water piping
  • high-efficiency lighting
  • gray water recycling

“This new guide is an excellent resource for building professionals to stay on top of the most recent code changes,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “With its easy-to-use reference guide, glossary, illustrations, and availability in both compact printed version or e-book, it will be an invaluable asset on the job site. ”

Written by Stephen A. Van Note, the guide features more than 100 illustrations, tables and figures to help the reader understand specific code requirements, as well as a glossary that provides definitions of construction-related terms. A certified building official and plans examiner, Van Note has more than 15 years of experience in code administration and enforcement and more than 20 years of experience in the construction field, including project planning and management for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

2012 Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes is meant to be of practical use on the jobsite, not as a substitute for the complete codes.

To purchase the new 2012 Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes: A Quick Guide to the 2012 International Residential Code, please visit or call 1-800-223-2665. (ISBN 978-086718-696-3; Retail $21.95/NAHB Member $19.95). The Guide is also available as an e-Book at (Retail $14.99/NAHB Member $12.99).

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