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Create a Landscape That’s as Green as It Looks

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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Do your neighbors describe you as that “crunchy” family who only buys organic, uses cloth diapers, hangs the laundry out to dry, preserves extra garden produce and drives a hybrid low-fuel vehicle? You’ve been busy going green inside your house, but what about your yard? Is it as green as its color? If you’re ready to turn your focus on greening the outside of your home, here are seven tips to making your yard and the landscape eco-friendly:

Make it a Family Affair

Your kids are never too young or too old to start learning about how their actions impact the environment. Getting them involved not only means that there are more hands to do the work, it also increases the chance that they will adopt a green lifestyle as they grow. You can find a used riding lawn mower for sale and let teens cut the grass. For little ones, picking weeds or raking the grass clippings are age-appropriate tasks.

Stick with Plants that are Native to Your Area

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests using these plants for the majority of your landscaping since they will thrive and require less attention and care than more exotic plants. They are also an integral part of the local ecosystem and create an environment that’s unique to your area.

Select Plants that will Help Reduce Your Heating and Cooling Bill

Just planting a row of deciduous trees along the south and east sides of your home can reduce your air conditioning expenses by as much as 20 percent. To block heavy northwest winter winds which can help lower heating costs, use coniferous trees along the north and west sides of your home.

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Has IBC Been Your Guide?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

International Building Code (IBC)

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Do you know what a building code is? Well, I thought I did but I did not know the how, what, why, and when. So, lets try and give you an idea of why the IBC is essential to all builders.

A building code is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings. The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). A model building code has no legal status until it is adopted or adapted by government regulation. The IBC provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

The development of the International Building Code has been an advancement for the building and construction industry. It provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

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The IBC is a single source document that is adopted across the United States. This allows contractors to learn one code instead of the several that use to exist depending on the region where the work was performed.

With the above in mind, is your contractor, builder or architect up to date on the building codes? Even with the going green initiatives along with all types of new materials that are being produced, they all have to follow building codes.

The building codes are published every three years. The 2012 international building code is now available.

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