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Per-hour forumla proposed for building-permit charges

Illinois: Series of Deck Collapses Plagues Chicagoland

Structural failure of wood decks in service continues to be a nationwide problem, causing injury to homeowners or guests and creating legal liability for owners and contractors. A recent spate of episodes has struck the Chicago area: In the village of Tinley Park, Ill., in southwest Chicago, 12 people were sent to the hospital for emergency care after a deck failed under a meeting of a women's association and their husbands, reports the Southtown Star ("Deck collapse in Tinley Park sends 12 to hospitals," by John K. Ryan). Elsewhere in Chicagoland, a woman injured in another porch collapse has sued the building owner, reports the Chicago Tribune ("Lawsuit filed in Lakeview porch collapse," by Kristen Mack). And a Lombard, Ill., builder has agreed to pay $1 million to a woman injured when a deck collapsed at a Cary home. In the Cary case, reports the Northwest Herald, another deck at a nearby house in the same development was found to be separating from the house at the same ledger-board juncture ("Cary woman to get $1 million in deck collapse settlement"). For deck builders, prescriptive guidance on making key structural connections can be found in a publication from the American Forest and Paper Association ("Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide").

Festool introduces the new CT 26 and CT 36 Dust Extractors!

Breathe easier and increase your productivity by upgrading to a system designed with dust control as a top priority. Festool dust extractors are engineered to filter 99.97% of dust and fine particles, delivering near dust-free results for sanding, routing, sawing and more. Discover a method of work that words simply can’t describe.

Change the way you work: www.festoolusa.com/ct

Colorado: After Wildfire, Homeowners Find Builders Too Eager

Colorado's recent "Fourmile" wildfire did $217 million in damage, a record for the state, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Rebuilding and insurance work is a welcome opportunity for builders, the paper reports ("Fourmile Fire could be boon for Boulder County builders," by Laura Snider). But homeowners still adjusting to the loss of their houses aren't quite ready for the builders' attention: At a recent rebuilding forum, the paper reports, "the number of contractors who showed up, about 100, overwhelmed the roughly 20 people who had lost their homes."

Georgia: Homeowners Could Get Double-Billed in Roofer Bankruptcy

Homeowners who paid the now-bankrupt American Shingle and Siding company for roofing or siding jobs could still end up facing liens from the company's unpaid suppliers and subs, reports Atlanta TV station 11Alive (WXIA-TV). Under Georgia law, homeowners could still be on the hook for subcontractor bills even if they paid the general contractor on the job for the work, reports the station ("American Shingle customers could pay twice," by Ross McLaughlin). The company filed for bankruptcy as the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs was preparing action to seize the roofer's assets as a consumer protection action, according to the report.

Free Blade Offer: Experience T2 technology yourself at cutsomething.com.

We're proud to introduce the new LENOX Wood & Demolition recip blades with T2 technology. And now you can request a FREE BLADE to try for yourself. Experience how T2 technology offers twice the life of our previous blades, along with all the power and precision you expect from LENOX. Visit www.cutsomething.com.

Take a virtual tour of the ultimate propane home

From clean, efficient home heating to a state-of-the-art outdoor living experience, our virtual propane home has it all. Take a tour on buildwithpropane.com/virtualhome and learn how propane can deliver home comfort, energy savings and reduce a home's carbon footprint. Each propane application connects to a product directory, free online training and more.

Common-Sense Lead Safety For Remodelers

Before the latest EPA-mandated work practices, there was common-sense lead dust control. Worcester, Mass., remodeler Ron Haviland describes his simple methods for keeping dust to a minimum in every house he remodels pre-1978 or post-1978 in this JLC classic from October 2001.

Tracking Your Own Labor

Business owners don't always account for their own working hours on a job-by-job basis. If you're among them, you may be underestimating your job costs and exaggerating your overhead and profit. Check out the numbers in this October 1998 business column by Judith Miller.

Long Live Beauty with Fiberon's Horizon™ Decking

The enduring beauty of Fiberon's Horizon™ decking. Unmatched in the industry at providing the rich multi-chromatic look and texture of fine hardwoods, new tropical hardwood colors have the dramatic tones of highly desirable exotic hardwoods. The ultimate in beauty and long-lasting performance, Horizon decking is backed by the industry’s first 20-year limited stain and fade warranty. To learn more, visit fiberondecking.com.

Vac Bucket Attachment Keeps Mixing Dust Down

Thanks to tile guru Michael Byrne this week for a set of cool product and tool suggestions, gleaned from his upcoming book. First up: the Wale Tale vacuum attachment fits on a spackle bucket edge to capture the dry dust kicked up when you mix cement powders, drywall compound, or other irritating and harmful dusts.

Angle Guide For Chalk Lines

From specialty tool maker C. H. Hanson, here's a square that fits on either the edge or the corner of a sheet of plywood, drywall, or backerboard, and indicates angles for snapping chalk lines for angled cuts on the sheets.

Clean And Quick Cement-Board Shears

Here's a contractor-grade power tool you won't want to be without for kitchen and bath tile work: Snapper Shear SS424 backerboard shears from Pactool. The link is to the video; see other specialty shears and fibercement tools on the main page.

Precise Plastic Shims

Wood shim shingles are all well and good, but check out these Handi-Shim plastic construction shims: Easy to use, easy to store, and accurate to the 32nd of an inch.

GREAT STUFF™ fill gaps and cracks in homes, businesses and now, entire towns.

When you make the #1 insulating foam sealant you want to shout it from the rooftops. Well, there are a lot of rooftops in America but we had to start somewhere. See all the great stuff that GREAT STUFF™ found in Great Falls. Click Here

Building Energy 2011

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's annual Building Energy conference is scheduled for March 8 to March 10 in Boston. Early-bird enrollment is open until December 31. For a look at some presentations from past conferences, here's a link to NESEA's Document Library page.

International Builders' Show "Pre-Show" Courses

This year's NAHB International Builders' Show (Orlando, Fla., January 12 to January 15) will feature intensive long-format "pre-show" professional development courses that attendees sign up for separately. You don't have to attend the rest of the show to enroll in a pre-course. Here's a link to more info.

 

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The Value of a License

Per-hour forumla proposed for building-permit charges

Illinois: Series of Deck Collapses Plagues Chicagoland

Festool introduces the new CT 26 and CT 36 Dust Extractors!

Colorado: After Wildfire, Homeowners Find Builders Too Eager

Georgia: Homeowners Could Get Double-Billed in Roofer Bankruptcy

Free Blade Offer: Experience T2 technology yourself at cutsomething.com.

Take a virtual tour of the ultimate propane home

Common-Sense Lead Safety For Remodelers

Tracking Your Own Labor

Long Live Beauty with Fiberon's Horizon™ Decking

Vac Bucket Attachment Keeps Mixing Dust Down

Angle Guide For Chalk Lines

Clean And Quick Cement-Board Shears

Precise Plastic Shims

GREAT STUFF™ fill gaps and cracks in homes, businesses and now, entire towns.

Building Energy 2011

International Builders' Show "Pre-Show" Courses

Work Smart with Fomo Products Low Pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam

Work Smart with Fomo Products Low Pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam

Working Smart is choosing the best solution for energy efficiency challenges. Fomo Products offers low pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF) that’s perfect for stopping air infiltration and increasing energy efficiency, using simple, small applications. Watch this webinar to learn more.

 

Upcoming Training...

Online Training Enrollment Form


31st Annual Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference

October 4-5, 2017

Contractor Training
October 18, 2017

Air BalancingCertification
November 8, 2017

Mechanical Code
November 15, 2017

IRC
November 28, 2017

IBC
December 6, 2017

IECC/Lien Laws
December 19, 2017

IDABO Education Institute (Codes IBC, IRC)
January 23-26, 2018

Roof Assembly
February, 2018

Trusses-Engineered Wood/Special Inspections IECC
March, 2018

Smart Home Technology/Concrete
April, 2018

Project Management/Risk Management
May, 2018

 

HERS Rater/RESNET Training

 

What's New...

Building industry groups have been meeting for several months in Boise to work out code adoption issues for 2013. On the table under discussion are the 2012 IBC, IRC, IECC and existing Building codes. To date, it appears that their recommendation is to adopt the 2012 IBC and Existing Building Code, and to look at possible amendments to the IRC and IECC to make them less onerous. Please see the attachments for a progress report and analysis.
2012 IECC Code Amendments
Code Collaborative Mtg Notes

Per-hour formula proposed for building-permit charges

The 2009 building code changes will become effective January 1, 2011 in Idaho

Idaho’s PBCLRB announces the launch of the new Professional Building Contractor license program.

Where to get code books - www.iccsafe.org

New Energy Savings and Discounts...

New Home Incentives

New Homes Heat Pump Water Heater Incentives

New Homes Heat Pump Incentives

Energy Efficient Home Credit

New Homes Whole Home Performance Path Incentives

Tax Credit for Home Builders

 

CLRB is looking for contractor board members