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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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Building Code Violations To Avoid

Many individuals don't believe building codes are important in all cases. However, this is a misconception because you can receive fines for projects even though it is inside of the home. These codes are for the safety of all to ensure the structure is healthy and safe. Here are some of the violations you should not avoid when you begin construction on your property.

Bathroom Vents and Windows

Your bathroom vents must eliminate/pull a minimum of 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm). If you don't have a fan, you should have at least have a window to eliminate the moisture created in the enclosed area.

You are in violation if you have a vent in the bathroom ceiling that sends air into the attic space. The humidity expelled can cause the attic wood to rot and mold. The window required must be at least 3 square feet, but you only need one that will open half way. However, not all areas require these elements, so it is advisable to check the area where you live.

Smoke Detectors

It is required to have protection against fires on each floor of your home. One smoke alarm is required at the entrance to each bedroom or sleeping area. If you are building a new home, you must update the alarm system if they are battery operated. They must be hard-wired with a backup battery source with multiple alarms so each alarm will sound simultaneous.

Handrails

Railings must be no more than 4.5 inches from the wall or building where it is mounted. The railing must be a minimum of 1.5 inches from the wall, so the rail is easily grasped with the hand. For multilevel stairwells, you must have between 34 and 38 inches of height for the rails. It is a good idea to check the codes for your area.

Ledger Boards

Your deck must have a secure and safe ledger board to ensure the railings are properly attached to the home. Don't nail the board. You must use screws or bolts placed directly into the home's frame. To prevent damage from moisture, you also must have flashing protection.

It is always best to check your local building code requirements. These are some of the major points you must consider if you are planning on renovations to your home. If you are building a new home, the contractor will be aware of the essential requirements. However, it is always best to know what is necessary in case you have a builder that may try to take shortcuts. To learn more, contact a company like RAC Construction Company