Test Your Building-Code IQ
Vague language allows flexibility for inspectors, but it can be confusing to the rest of us. How do you score?
Synopsis: Are vapor barriers required by code? Does a wall that’s mostly windows comply with storm provisions in the building code? How about rebar in a foundation wall. Is it required or is it just a good idea? In this article Paul Fisette quizzes readers on the tricky parts of the code and dispels common misconceptions. Fisette lectures at the University of Massachusetts and across the nation at conferences and conventions, and these are the issues that come up most often. A sidebar addresses the question of how to communicate with your building inspector.
Understanding and satisfying the building code can be confusing. To be fair, writing one set of regulations that addresses every building condition is difficult. But having a reasonable level of code consistency would be helpful.
Building codes are written as national models, but they are adopted and enforced locally, which leads to tremendous inconsistency. Until…