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What is a Brownfield Site? 6 Contaminated Sites Waiting to Go Green

Redevelopment Can Start With an Effective Vapor Mitigation System

Brownfields historically have been some of the most daunting development projects on the construction landscape. As that landscape expanded, it was much easier to simply move to new areas of development and ignore sites that involved some level of liability, contamination, assessment, cleanup, government regulators, and more. For generations, brownfields have been not just literally – but figuratively – toxic to communities.

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Top 5 Economic Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment

The challenges may seem overwhelming, but the financial, social and environmental benefits to redeveloping brownfields are immense.

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10 Critical Reasons Why You Need a Below-Slab Vapor Barrier

Photo courtesy of Chavez Concrete Contractors, Inc.

Despite its cost being measured in mere cents per square foot, project designers, contractors and building owners often disregard a high-performance under-slab vapor barrier. Yet, failing to use this vital material may be the best illustration in the construction industry of “a penny wise and a pound foolish” – unnecessarily risking costly consequences and potentially years of legal squabbling over liability.

Here are 10 critical reasons why you should always use a high-performance vapor barrier, no matter the project:

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Radon Gas Mitigation in New Construction – A Chance to Get it Right

We have all probably heard of or endured a personal connection to a familiar story: the victim of lung cancer who “never smoked a day in their life.”

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Is a Class 1 Vapor Retarder Good Enough for Crawl Space Encapsulation?

For starters, is it Class I or Class 1?  Fun fact:  it’s actually Class I.  I get asked by both homeowners and contractors alike what a Class I vapor retarder is.  If you’ve been researching a DIY crawl space encapsulation project, it is possible you’ve stumbled across this reference as well.  In this blog post I’ll answer what a Class I vapor retarder is, but I’m also going to use this space to explain why a Class I vapor retarder, although referenced in code as a threshold, may not be satisfactory for your project.  To get you started on the right foot, we’ve made it easy for you to look-up the current version of code governing your jurisdiction.    

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Damaged Crawl Space Liner?

Are you wondering what your next home improvement project should be?  A lot of homeowners spring for aesthetic upgrades when the biggest bang for your buck may come from your crawl space.  Frequently an afterthought, fixing your crawl space can help ensure a safe structural foundation and great indoor air quality to complement many other home upgrades you may be considering.

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Tucson Architect Specifies Pango® Wrap to Protect His Forever Home

Breakthrough Termite Barrier Offers a Green Solution

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Protect Your New Home With Crawl Space Encapsulation

Installing the vapor barrier in the crawl space as it’s being built eliminates the need for your contractor to have to maneuver in a cramped space down the line.

Oftentimes, new homes are built with floor-to-floor insulation, including insulation in the crawl space. But while insulation helps to regulate temperature and conserve energy, it doesn’t provide enough moisture protection. Crawl space encapsulation with a vapor barrier is a great way to ensure a drier, safer, and more energy efficient environment, but many new homeowners mistakenly overlook this crucial component to a healthy home.

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A 10-Point Checklist for Common Crawl Space Building Codes

It would be a mistake to spend the time, money, and effort to rehabilitate your crawl space, only to find out afterwards that the work you did isn’t even up to code.  Code is complicated for many reasons including but not limited to:  finding which codes are applicable to your project and interpreting code the same way as your local inspector.  Determining local code is difficult because there is the overarching International Residential Code (IRC) that acts as a baseline for proper building code requirements, but there are also local building codes that may differ from the national requirements. 

Interpreting code is not always straightforward either.  I was in a meeting not long ago with code officials representing different jurisdictions in my home state and as we were discussing one particular sentence of code, it became clear that all three officials had a different interpretation of the same sentence.  Talk about an uphill battle! 

So, in this post we’ve at least centralized the code requirements, and we’ve also provided a few additional best practices we thought might make your project research a little easier.  Of course, we have to disclaim that it is always prudent to check with your local regulatory department before proceeding with your project, just to make sure you are in compliance with all the unique code requirements of your area.  Without further ado:

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