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Building Designer Updates – December 15, 2014.

Save $100 by registering today for GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 North America User Conference.

The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 User Conference features a full line up of informative and useful courses to help attendees get more out of ArchiCAD in their day-to-day operations.

After its inaugural BIM Conference in 2013, 100% of the attendees told GRAPHISOFT they came away from the experience with practical, applicable information to help grow their business. The 2015 User Conference promises the same by offering a wide range of education sessions that can help ArchiCAD users expand and deepen their ArchiCAD knowledge. The 2015 User Conference is a unique opportunity for the ArchiCAD user community to come together and share the wealth of its collective experience.

Scheduled for March 11th through 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada for ArchiCAD users based in North America, the conference presents a unique opportunity to build on ArchiCAD knowledge, earn AIBD CE units and AIA CES credit, relax with peers and meet members of the global GRAPHISOFT team.

It begins with a welcome reception during the afternoon and evening of March 11th.



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Three 2015 IECC changes that effect residential design.

SOURCE: Institute for Market Transformation, Washington, DC.

Overall, users of the 2015 IECC may find it to be a better code than the 2012 version. It allows for a new and more flexible compliance path (the ERI Compliance Path) and a new chapter to address existing buildings. But for the most part, small changes have cleaned up the language to make the code easier to understand and comply with.

Duct Insulation.

The requirements for duct insulation have been revised slightly. The 2012 IECC requires supply ducts in the attic to be R-8 and all other ducts R-6. The 2015 code revises the requirements as follows:

  • Supply and return ducts in the attic must be a minimum of R-8 (where ≥3-inch diameter) and R-6 (where <3-inch diameter). ·
  • Supply and return ducts everywhere else must be a minimum of R-6 (where ≥3-inch diameter) and R-4.2 (where <3-inch diameter).

Although these revisions allow more flexibility, they also require careful attention by your HVAC consultant to not mix up insulation values. Of course, there remains the exception which allows for ducts (or portions of ducts) located completely inside conditioned space not to be insulated and the option to specify all ducts in the attic to be R-8 and everywhere else to be R-6.

Vertical Access Doors 

A new exception has been added to Section R402.2.4—“Access hatches and doors.” This exception allows vertical doors that provide access from conditioned to unconditioned spaces to meet the fenestration requirements in Table R402.1.2. This change now allows the option of using an exterior door that meets the U-value requirements of an interior door with enough insulation attached to the back to meet the vertical access door requirement.

Combustion Closets 

There is a new section, R402.4.4—“Rooms containing fuel burning appliances,” that states “where open combustion air ducts provide combustion air to open combustion fuel burning appliances, the appliance and combustion air opening shall be located outside the building thermal envelope or enclosed in a room, isolated from inside the thermal envelope.” This new requirement only applies in Climate Zones 3-8, but requires combustion closets to be insulated to levels not less than the basement wall R-value requirements in Table R402.1.2. The closet must also be air sealed and the door must have a gasket. Complying with this new requirement could cost your clients a few hundred dollars, depending on your current design practices.

There are several options for complying:

  • Install direct vent appliances (i.e., high-efficient furnace and water heater) where both intake and exhaust pipes are continuous to the outside;
  • Where you have combustion air ducts (often called hi/low vents) bringing combustion air to an atmospherically vented appliance, you can enclose the appliance in a combustion closet;
  • Don’t use combustion appliances (i.e., build an all-electric house); or
  • Locate your combustion appliances outside the building thermal envelope (i.e., in an unfinished basement with insulation in the floor joists or in an attic where the roofline is un-insulated).

To dig into these changes and many other small revisions, you can read a FACT SHEET prepared by the Institute for Market Transformation.


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Building Innovation 2015 early registration ends December 31.

Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, January 6-9, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., will explore Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities.

During Building Innovation 2015, the Institute will present a four-day informative agenda that highlights its activities and programs for developing innovative solutions for the built environment. On Day 1, attendees will get an insider’s view of the Institute in action and discover how they can get involved in developing solutions by attending any of the Institute’s board, council and committee meetings, as well as a keynote luncheon delivered by the Institute’s Board Chairman. On Days 2 through 4, the Institute will present four symposia focusing on four different tracks and a plenary symposium that will bring the entire Conference audience together for an overview of the collaboration of building industry professionals.

Building Innovation 2015 gives building professionals the chance to witness the Institute’s impact on the industry, interact with industry experts and innovators, gain a wealth of information through educational programs, earn continuing education units (CEUs), share their expertise and experiences, and participate in developing solutions. Don’t miss the chance to see the Institute in action and collaborate with building industry professionals. Plan to be there where Science meets Design™ for a compelling program, credit-building educational sessions, idea-sharing networking events and inspiring award ceremonies. Registration is now open.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


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Are you registered for Design & Construction Week?

The 2nd annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) is being held January 18-23, 2015 and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better!  DCW founding partners, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen and Bath Association, are excited to again co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  Joining IBS and KBIS, are three additional DCW partner events:  the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE), the International Surface Event (TISE) and Las Vegas Market (home décor & furnishings, accessories and gifts).

With an anticipated attendance of 125,000+ residential construction and design professionals and a combined total of 3,750 exhibitors and more than 4.7 million net square feet of exhibits, Design & Construction Week will again be driving the possibilities of home, forward!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


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The last two Certified Vinyl Siding webinars are today and Wednesday.

Certified Vinyl Siding: Engineered Enhanced Beauty

Vinyl siding has always been highly regarded for its durability, low maintenance, and value, but its improved aesthetic qualities and unmatched selection of profiles, shapes, textures, and colors, vinyl siding can play a beautiful role in a home’s exterior design — and will keep looking great year after year.

In this presentation, you will learn how vinyl and other polymeric siding can bring a variety of neighborhood visions to life, whether you’re designing, building or remodeling entry-level through luxury homes; recreating designs inspired by Colonial, Romantic, Victorian, and Craftsman architecture; or blending distinctive homes, shops, and other mixed-use buildings in a contemporary, new way.

Certified Vinyl Siding: Engineered Enhanced Beauty is presented by Fernando Pagés Ruiz, a builder, developer and writer who specializes in residential construction and remodeling of affordable homes.

Certified Vinyl Siding: Engineered Enhanced Beauty is offered on these dates:

Certified Vinyl Siding: Verifiably Green

True sustainability of buildings requires a thorough understanding of the impacts of products and materials, not simply choosing a natural material, or the one with high recycled content. That’s why it’s important to use life cycle thinking as we design and renovate buildings. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method for identifying the environmental impacts of a product, process or activity over its entire lifespan. It allows us to identify the most environmentally sound products such as vinyl siding, rather than relying on recycled content, renewable materials, and other single-issue measures.

In this presentation, you will learn the basics and value of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs); discuss the life cycle tools used to compare building products, understand the environmental impacts of vinyl siding, fiber cement and other siding products, and understand how LCA contributes to green building codes and standards.

Certified Vinyl Siding: Verifiably Green is presented by Tad Radzinski, PE, LEED AP, SFP, and president of Sustainable Solutions Corporation.

Certified Vinyl Siding: Verifiably Green is offered on these dates:


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More events ahead.

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Member renewal