Current Commercial Code Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18) Based on ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016 ✔ Can use COMcheck to show compliance. Current Residential Code Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18) Based on the 2015 IECC Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016 ✔ Can use REScheck to show compliance. Code Adoption and Change Process Code Change Process Legislative and Regulatory Process: The […]

September 21, 2015 What do consumers think of green homes? And, what are the most important elements of a green-built home? Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what green means to home buyers with a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB’s publishing arm, BuilderBooks, recently […]

Future of Framing is here  Advanced framing takes some planning Here are some rules: Frame walls with 2x6s on 24-inch centers rather than 2x4s every 16 inches can save a lot of wood and increase the energy performance of a house because it makes more room for insulation. Stack the framing Aligning framing members between floors […]

Get more storage, better light and a feeling of spaciousness with these savvy — and sometimes surprising — strategies By: Mitchell Parker       Houzz Editorial Staff. Small houses can be cozy. But sometimes the walls can feel like they’re closing in. That’s why you’ve got to do everything you can to stay sane in your […]

I thought you  might enjoy these pictures, they are from The Huffington Post  By Sara Boboltz   |  Posted: 01/03/14 EST Nature is weird. Sometimes it’s even like a bizarre mix of real and fantasy! To see what we mean, take a look at these strangely surreal photos of some very curious natural phenomena below: Bolivia’s otherworldly salt flats. When Salar […]

When you plant with animals and insects in mind, you make gardening easier, the planet healthier and yourself more present Here are 13 ways you can garden on a different level  Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens   1. Garden by region, not zone. Gardening for wildlife almost invariably means gardening with native plants, because insects and […]

After rushing around for last minute gifts and planning for the perfect day, remember, it’s the simple things that make Christmas special.  I have attached a children’s book my wife wrote for my two boys when they where young.  I wish to share it with everyone in the hope that you will read it to […]

Development within a Riverfront Area and sensitive environmental zones is fraught with many requirements typically not encountered in other locations.  One specific regulation is the restricted use of Nitrogen based fertilizers for plants, gardens and lawns.  These regulations were put in place because the leaching of Nitrates into the surrounding waters and soils causes adverse […]

Emptied of water, these structures are now being filled with furnishings to add living space and take advantage of the views Mary Jo Bowling Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, reader, serial remodeler. At the end of the 19th century, home water towers were all about function. Back then they were used to collect and store water, […]