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Weekly Update: December 10, 2015

    It is the season of Christmas parties!  We had a wonderful time at the Iowa City HBA party last Thursday evening at the Riverside Casino in Riverside, IA.  Nearly 120 members had a great meal and entertainment by Carman Ciricillo, the Construction Comedian. 

Iowa Party at the Rhumbar January 20
    Our Iowa party at IBS should be a blast next month, so mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 20 from 8-10 p.m.  It will follow the presidential candidate forum that night.  Here is a link to the Rhumbar.  We are looking for sponsors to help fund the open bar and food activity that night.  Email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson if you would like to participate.

North American Energy Security – Iowa Does Well
Partisan politics came into play, but most of our Iowa Congressman came through on HR 8 the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015.  This makes energy codes more cost-effective and prevents the Department of Energy (DOE) from lobbying the code process. The bill also:

Keep Homes Affordable –  Energy efficiency advocates are pushing for costly energy codes that may NEVER pay for themselves. This legislation requires any DOE supported code or code change proposal to …
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Weekly Update: December 3, 2015

IRC Fire Protection of Floors and 2015 Energy Code on Table
It will be a busy month for the State of Iowa Building Code Bureau, under the State Fire Marshall’s office, as staff prepares to receive input from the industry on moving into the 2015 Code cycle.  The photo above is from an informal meeting held last Tuesday with the State’s Code Advisory Committee and other stakeholders.
Plum Building Systems General Manager Rick Parrino and Kirk Grundahl from the Structural Building Components Association in Wisconsin gave a nice report on the inequality on section R302.13 Fire Protection of floors and would like to see Iowa adopt changes that would make every system protected, none of it protected, or sprinklers.  Building Code Bureau Design Energy Engineer Dave Ruffcorn discussed the changes to the 2015 Energy Code.
A stakeholder group will gather tomorrow to decide whether or not to pursue it – HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson and NAHB Construction Codes and Standards Director Craig Drumheller will be representing our industry at the gathering.
Keep DOE Honest and Energy Codes Affordable!
The previous article is a perfect bridge into this – call or write your Representative today and urge them to vote YES on the North American Energy Security Infrastructure Act …
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