2009 Energy Tax Credits- ...The following Bulletin highlights the prerequisites required to receive the tax credit and offers suggestions on materials to make your building more energy efficient.

Vestibules 2007 - ...The following Bulletin is a supplement to the Client Bulletin issued in April 2006 on the subject of Vestibules related to the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code.  

Mold and Mildew - ...With the ever-increasing concerns over indoor air quality, building owners and tenants are becoming increasingly aware of mold and mildew problems and related consequences.  Insurance companies are now excluding mold and mildew remediation from hazard insurance and attorneys are pursing exposure litigation. 

Plastic Piping  -  ...With the price of copper increasing, building owners and contractors frequently consider plastic piping (specifically, CPVC) for potable (domestic) water distribution within buildings.

Vestibules  -  ...A door that separates conditioned space from the exterior shall be protected with an enclosed vestibule, with all doors opening into and out of the vestibule equipped with self-closing devices.  An enclosed vestibule is defined as an “airlock” with either all partitions extended to the underside of the roof deck or a hard-lid ceiling (glass, gypsum board, ACT, etc.) that is installed above the entire vestibule area.

HVAC Mold and Mildew -  ...Air conditioning systems which are initially free from mold and mildew can develop chronic air quality problems with improper and inadequate maintenance procedures.  Owners and Tenants responsible for HVAC maintenance should insure that mold and mildew concerns are properly addressed by their maintenance program.

Dedicated Sprinkler Systems -  ...When leasing retail space, which is being sub-divided for multiple tenants, some retailers believe it is necessary to modify the existing wet pipe sprinkler piping to create a separated and dedicated fire protection sprinkler system, serving only their demised premises, with entirely separate sprinkler risers, control valves, and alarms.

California Energy Conservation -  ...This commentary addresses the changes that became effective on October 1, 2005 to California’s Title 24 Regulations, as applicable to retail design and construction. It is important to recognize that most of the Title 24 changes relate to the Prescriptive method of analysis. 

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