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News for the Week of November 16, 2008

Toilets, Appeals, Updates, and Joe the Plumber

This week has seen many newsworthy items that affect the business of enforcement of Codes.  We have began the process of updating our checklist section and will have many of the updates come to life during December and January.

November 19, 2008 World Toilet Day

I realize that this post includes information on the NAHB, Toilets, and Joe the Plumber.  Honestly, they have nothing to do with each other.

This last Wednesday was World Toilet Day.  This day is based on the simple truth that 40% of the world’s population lacks proper sanitation.  World Toilet day has been put together to bring to light and raiser awareness on this issue.

ICC Appeal

The Washington Association of Building Official (WABO) and the National Association of Home Buildings have filed with the ICC questioning the recent final action hearings.  The NAHB has filed a formal appeal with the ICC and the hearing has been set for December 11, 2008.  This appeal may have implications beyond RB 64 and RB 66.  Throughout many of the inspection communities this move by the NAHB is seen as sour grapes and will be heavily scrutinized by the code enforcement community.  Inspectors in Michigan have also been harassed through many FOIA requests.  These requests seem to be a means for the appeal and waste valuable inspectors time.

Does This Meet Code?

On November 15, 2008 we started our new section titled “Does this Meet Code.”  This new section is designed to allow inspectors to share war stores and pictures of their findings in the field.  The section is interactive and allows us all to learn from the various field experiences around the world.  If you have a picture you would like to share, please email us at help@inspector911.com

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