An exploration of regional design and a view of the architecture world from the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Monday, January 12, 2009
5. Build above the Building Code
The wind can blow hard and the days can be hot – simplify your life by building above the building code in both structural and energy design. The International Residential Code requires that all windows must at least be fitted with pre-cut wood structural panels as per the code. Up-grading to impact glass in the doors and windows or impact rated shutters lessens the hassle when preparing your house for a potential hurricane. Increasing the amount of insulation, using spray-in insulation, and sealing all exterior air leakage can drastically reduce your energy costs and save on the HVAC equipment size and cost.
My architecture firm, Frederick + Frederick Architects, creates comfortable houses that fit the Southern landscape, climate, culture and client. I have over twenty years experience in residential architecture. Please visit our web site www.f-farchitects.com to see our work.