Stretch Codes, Rhode Island, and Hope.

Stretch codes can be engaged in addition to base codes to lead the construction industry to use less energy, have a less negative impact on the environment, and achieve higher levels of occupant health and comfort for everyone. Stretch codes encourage the use of best practice approaches that take advantage of advances in building science and technology.

Rhode Island’s first voluntary Stretch Codes were made available to private and public, building construction and renovation projects in 2018. Current Rhode Island Stretch Codes are available below and through the Building Code Commission’s website. Used to comply with Rhode Island’s Green Buildings Act (RIGL §37-24), Stretch Codes are voluntary. They are to guide the construction and renovation of buildings that use less energy, have a less negative impact on the environment, and achieve higher levels of occupant health and comfort. New building construction and large-scale renovation projects are also encouraged to use the Stretch Codes to help maximize the financial incentives available from National Grid’s Energy Efficiency Programs. The codes were developed with the assistance of subject matter experts and vetted through a public comment process.

With Governor Gina Raimondo’s Lead by Example Executive Order (EO 15-17), she directed the Office of Energy Resources work with its state partners and other stakeholders to develop the state’s first voluntary Stretch Codes. Also, Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order set robust energy reduction targets and clean energy goals for State agencies to reduce utility costs, support green energy job growth, and shrink public sector carbon footprints.

The Rhode Island Residential Stretch Code is an integral part of a comprehensive effort to reduce long-term energy consumption. It supports Rhode Island’s growing green economy, increases the affordability of home utility costs, and meet the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets which aim to reduce statewide GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (§ 42- 6.2-2). Establishing zero-energy building energy codes in Rhode Island by 2035 will be a critical component to achieving these goals. This Residential Stretch Code means only to serve as a stepping stone towards these more ambitious targets.

The stretch code establishes provisions that adequately protect public health, safety, and welfare. The code does NOT unnecessarily increase construction costs, nor does it restrict the use of new materials, products, or methods of construction. It also does not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products, or practices of development, which should provide us - just as RI state motto reads, with some hope.


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Lead Paint 4-Hour Refresher (RRP) | Online Video Course

This course fulfills the 4-Hour requirement for those individuals who have already completed the 8-Hour RRP certification course and need to renew the certification. This certification is for three years.

 

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The Language of Manufactured Homes

A manufactured home has been called many things over the years. The list includes mobile home, trailer, double wide, modular home, pre-manufactured home, pre-fab home, tiny houses, and even a park model. Did you know that none of the terms on this list are correct to use? It is important to call a manufactured home by what it is, manufactured housing. When using the other terms, you are misleading a consumer, perpetuating a myth or misunderstanding regarding the quality of the product, and adding confusion for building officials and licensing.

Acronyms of Manufactured Housing
There are two acronyms with manufactured housing that installers should know and use correctly when applied to the trade. These acronyms are DAPIA and IPIA. DAPIA stands for Design Approval Primary Inspection Agency. The DAPIA performs plan reviews of manufactured home construction & installation designs. Similarly to DAPIA, IPIA stands for an In-Plant Inspection Agency. IPIA performs inspections in the manufacturing plants and on certain homes at the site. Both DAPIA and IPIA perform the tasks of a building code official for homes in the manufactured housing field.

The Role of HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the primary authority for manufactured housing. HUD establishes both the construction/safety standards and the procedural/enforcement regulations for manufactured homes. HUD also establishes the installation programs for manufactured housing in a variety of states. These include Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, (most recently) Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont & Wyoming. These are also the states where HUD has full oversight and provides licenses to installers. Another thing HUD does is assure that other states programs meet the requirements for installing manufactured housing.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is a large national agency that has a lot of roles to perform. To mitigate these responsibilities, HUD utilizes contractors. The two contractors that HUD uses in manufacturing homes to be familiar with are SEBA & Savan Group. SEBA (not an acronym) is who operates the installation program on behalf of the federal government. Savan Group is the contractor for the federal government that handles dispute resolution associated with manufactured homes. HUD also has established the roof snow load zones for manufactured housing for the entire nation. These are south, middle and north, each with lbs per square foot snow load requirements. This information and more is covered in Builder License Training Institute's manufactured housing license & continuing education training for HUD professional installers.


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5 Construction Technology Trends to Watch in 2020

Many construction companies have been hesitant to embrace new technology because they view it as an expense rather than a method to improve efficiency and cut costs overall. Companies that have been early to the new technology game have reaped the benefits of lower employee turnover, increased productivity, and fewer workplace accidents. Here are a few new technologies that began to take hold in 2019 and are expected to take off in 2020.

  1. Drones have been an increasingly valuable asset in the construction world for several years now. As their use increases, software companies are making programs specifically for contractors. Drones can be used to increase safety on job sites. For example, many contractors use drones to determine if a roof is safe for contractors rather than sending a human up to check. Drones are also used to collect data and ensure projects are being completed correctly and at the right speed. Builders License Training Institute offers an online Drones in Construction class. Choose your state below to get started.
  2. Construction Management Software is getting easier to use on the job site and more advanced by the year. Construction Management Software includes scheduling, project management, and timekeeping applications so you can keep track of all your job costs in one program.
  3. Project Management Solutions have come a long way. These programs are more user-friendly than ever and there are plenty of options to choose from. Project management software can provide a clear view of all activities and communications, as well as, the real-time progress of your projects.
  4. Building Information Modeling or BIM. BIM is a way of representing buildings, roads, and utilities through computer-generated images to help visualize the construction process before it begins. Architects and engineers use this software to determine how building materials will hold up over time. The ability to visualize projects before beginning work reduces wasted time, labor, and materials.
  5. Virtual Reality allows contractors to experience complex logistics first-hand and get an accurate gauge on a project. VR can help construction companies get a 360-degree view of the building before construction even starts.

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Proposed Florida Bill Would Require Heat-Illness Training

Under a new proposed bill, Florida’s construction and agriculture employers could be required to train outdoor employees on how to avoid heat-related illnesses. This heat-illness prevention bill would set a standard for outdoor workers to be given plenty of drinking water and access to shade with 10-minute rest breaks after 2 hours of outside work.

It accompanies another bill in the Florida Senate that would also require annual training to identify signs of heat exhaustion and a period to allow workers to gradually adopt to a hot environment.

OSHA does not currently have a standard for indoor or outdoor heat exposure safety practices, except within the scopes of their general hazards section. They do recommend employers provide water, rest, and shade for workers in hot environments.

Proponents have been pushing for tougher standards, arguing Florida is one of the hottest states in the country, and when paired with the humidity it makes work unsustainable.

According to Business Insurance, “The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission sent clear signals that OSHA should adopt a standard to address heat stress risks rather than relying on the general duty clause after vacating a citation issued after the death of a 61-year-old temporary employee from complications of heat stroke.”


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Florida Thermal & Moisture Protection Course

Here is an excerpt of our 1-hour online course “Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out” with Roger Peck. Water damage is a major concern in many building projects. Keep your clients dry and your profits high with practical moisture and weather solutions.  

Why should we install vapor barriers and foundation coatings?

We need to limit ground water moisture from entering the foundation walls.  It’s a common misunderstanding that concrete is waterproof!  Concrete and mortar are not waterproof!  Think of masonry products as hard sponges!

The best way to avoid moisture problems below grade is to design and install a system that keeps moisture from saturating the soil around the home.  Through the use of proven designs we can effectively divert the rainfall away from the building before it saturates the soil around the structure.

Nothing is more effective in keeping the foundation and crawl space dry than keeping the rain water and ground water from penetrating the perimeter of the foundation.

When a high water table exists, install a footer drain around the perimeter of the foundation and drain to daylight if possible. Through the use of proven designs we can effectively divert the rainfall away from the building before it saturates the soil around the structure.

The footing drain needs to be installed as soon as possible after the foundation waterproofing. If not done soon, it may require extra hand digging due to collapse of surrounding soil from rain and loose soils around the excavation. This extra work may be ignored or done incorrectly, resulting in incorrect slope or no slope in the footer drains. Or worse, if the drain material is flexible, workers may allow the line to move up and over the obstruction, resulting in a sediment trap and causing the drain to fail prematurely!

Remember: The surface drains should never be allowed to connect to the floor or footer drains!  This means the surface water or gutter drains can only be installed after the footer drains have been covered and backfill operations have begun.


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2010 ADA Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements

This one-hour course by Instructor Roger Peck will help you understand the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse, and public transportation facilities.

The ADA is one of the United State's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in mainstream life. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements for construction design.

This one-hour video course will cover the eighth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and PowerPoint video presentation, including on-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of adequate circulation pathways for disabled persons in special spaces and public facilities.
  • Identify the ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse, and public or private building.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.
  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.

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Investors Are Pumping Billions Into Construction Technology

The construction industry has been always been slow to adopt new technologies.  However, investors are now pouring money into new construction startups, hoping the industry is on the brink of changes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “ Venture investment in private construction-technology companies leaped to 6.1 billion in 2018, from $352.1 million in 2016. With $4.3 billion invested as of late June, 2019 is on track to be another record year.

Construction companies have been encountering labor shortages, pushing them to look for ways to build faster and cheaper.

New money being invested in these startups are businesses looking to automate parts of the construction process and make the industry less labor-intensive. For example, Katerra Inc., a company that builds components in a factory, has raised more than $1 billion from investors.

One challenge that won’t go away anytime soon is taking new construction-technology and incorporating it into affordable housing. Unlike developers who build luxury housing, affordable housing can’t charge more for rising building costs. As the industry adopts new technology, transitioning into a more economical budget range is important for changes in affordable housing to take effect.


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Construction Job Gains Outlook

The construction sector, including data from the both residential and non-residential contracting, experienced 3.5% increase in April 2019 compared to April 2018.

  • Texas added the largest state gain of employment with 32,500 jobs. Louisiana lost the most construction jobs with 8,400.
  • West Virginia had the highest annual growth in the construction industry with 33.7%. Vermont reported the biggest decline at 7.2%.

Nationwide, the job growth (excluding farm workers) increased by 263,000 over the month of April—stronger than expected from estimates in March. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that is a 41% increase, but 8 states and the District of Columbia did see a decrease.

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All 50 states increased in employment from the year-to-year average ending in April. “12 states recorded annualized growth to and/or above 1.8% in employment, which was the national growth rate.” Texas added the most with 294,200 jobs.


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