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It's going to be hot out there this month. Be careful working in the heat and keep up with the heat advisories.
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The cost of doing business may get a bit more expensive if legislation is passed today and later signed into law by the Govenor. This could reduce the number of TREC inspectors.
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Houston is in the top 3 cities where new housing permits are up. Good place to be. We are seeing a general uptic on the inspection and consulting jobs we get related to new construction and I bleieve many of our business associates are as well.
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Congress has moved to address the issue of corrosion damage in homes where sulfur contaminated Chinese drywall has been used. This is being done through passage of H.R. 4212: Drywall Safety Act of 2012. This act is intended to allow home owners recourse against Chinese companies for damages and to prevent future imports of contaminated drywall. Damage associated with contaminated drywall has resulted in the need for costly repairs to homes including replacement of appliances, wiring, and drywall throughout an affected home, often at home owner expense. This act has been enacted by Congress under the Consumer Product Safety Commission which is charged with its administration and enforcement.
This act passed by Congress December 21, 2012, is an attempt to get Chinese companies to accept liability for cases brought by home owners in United States Federal Court. It has been passed in the House and in the Senate and will be sent to the President for his signature. It will be interesting to see if the liability section provides any relief for home owners affected by Chinese Drywall contamination since the law indicates that obtaining jurisdiction to take action against Chinese companies is based upon further negations with China.
The act further requires labeling in accordance with ASTM C1264-11 which covers sampling, inspection, rejection, certification, packaging and marking, and shipping, handling, and storage of gypsum panel products. The act sets a requirement that there be a maximum allowable sulfur content but gives a 2 year time frame before specification of a maximum level which must be provided by the consumer product safety commission to limit sulfur content in drywall to a level not associated with elevated rates of corrosion in homes. The act also requires all drywall found to exceed the future specified standard be removed and discarded rather than reused or recycled.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4212 - Bill Status
http://www.astm.org/Standards/C1264.htm - ASTM Standard
http://www.profengineering.com/drywall - Previous Article PEI
http://www.profengineering.com/node/768 - Previous Article by PEI
Professional Engineering Inspections has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.
“We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our clients who have provided the positive feedback through Angie’s List to make this award possible for a second year. We will continue to work to provide quality inspection and consulting services to earn your positive feedback in the coming year.” - Edward Robinson, P.E., President
“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc. earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”
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Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, issued a proposed requirement about minimal condition of property inspections by appraisers on high-risk loans.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposed Rule: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/pressreleases/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-proposes-rule-to-improve-consumer-access-to-appraisal-reports/
It's official: effective June 1, Southern Pine #2 2x4 lumber has been downgraded. Testing of randomly sampled 2x4s from sawmills across the Southern Pine-producing region has shown that the strength of the lumber has declined significantly since the official design values were published several decades ago. As a result of the new testing, official "design values" for Southern Pine #2 2x4 wood... <<Read More>>
According to the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau Notices page and Costal Contractor Online, the Southern Pine lumber industry is dealing with concerns that design values for visually graded southern pine lumber may need to be reduced. This need is based upon private testing and industry testing, which has reportedly indicated that a general downward trend in stiffness and bending stress values exist when data over a period of time is evaluated for No.2 2x4 studs. There is concern that design values may need to be reduced as much as 25%-30% for No. 2 2x4 stud; however, caution is emphasized this concern is only for 2x4 lumber at this time. Under discussion is whether this affects other dimensional lumber, and if so, to what extent. Currently there is discussion among the governing agencies about the need for modification of design values, but also in the procedures used to develop these values. Design professionals are cautioned to stay apprised of the current discussion and design recommendations. For the best and most current information, check the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) for recommendations and announcements.
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