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10 Code Violations in Green Construction


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Installing wiring within a green material like Insulating Concrete Form can be a problem for inspectors who aren't familiar with it.
Installing wiring within a green material like Insulating Concrete Form can be a problem for inspectors who aren't familiar with it.
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Being green with electricity is in the hands of most builders, home owners and renters. Many public utility companies promote replacement bulbs, and water heater regulators and programmable thermostats to save money and energy, but huge advances in green technology are impacting the design and construction industry and those who enforce it.

Two common codes for electrical guidelines are the National Electric Code (NEC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). Conductors, circuits and grounds are trouble spots, as are clearance of the power panels, and labeling and number of plugs, or receptacles. Green building inspections encounter similar violations but have added issues with alternative energy sources and reduction setups. Meeting minimum or exceeding maximum input/output (I/O) requirements also factors into code compliance.

Placing electrical wiring within a green material such as Insulating Concrete Form (ICF), for example, creates problems for inspectors who aren't familiar with the material and with the current code requirements for electrical box and wiring placement. State codes are coming up to speed with amendments, but violations are likely to come where no updates exist. Similarly, the newest solar panel technologies are off the code grid, and meeting requirements may involve some give and take.


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