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Keeping Up With the Codes

These days, the construction industry has two deadlines hanging over it: October 18, 2013 and May 17, 2114.

October 18, 2013

As for the Oct. 18 deadline, the Department of Energy has declared it to be the date by which the states have to comply with the new ASHRAE 90.1-2010 energy efficiency code.

...read more about ASHRAE 90.1-2010 here






A Country Mansion Built With ICF Walls

Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association’s Residential Project of the Year

High on a wooded hillside near Hershey stands the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) Residential Project of the Year for 2011, an imposing 7,305 square-foot country mansion constructed of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and just over 300 cubic yards of concrete.

The house is built into the hillside with part of the lower floor, or basement level, exposed. The exposed portion of the basement serves as the front entrance. Behind the house, a driveway leads into the garage, which is on the second level. “The family wanted to live mostly on one floor,” says Chad Weaver, president of Annville-based H.R. Weaver Building Systems, the general contractor on the project. “In addition to the garage, the second floor includes the kitchen, living room, dining room and a master bedroom suite with his and her master baths and closets.” Read more here (pages 17-21).