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Your future, this week

from Glenn Mathewson, NADRA

As this hits your inbox, I'm likely in route to Atlantic City, New Jersey to represent, support and defend the decking industry. This week, your future will be decided in the 2015 International Residential Code. On my last day to prepare before leaving Colorado, I'm nervous, but excited. Most of all, I'm proud. I'm proud because we've achieved one of the most important aspects of code development ... recognition. The code development process is complicated, cumbersome and difficult just at published face value, but there is also a professional, dare I say social, aspect to it. Recognition, respect and trust are vital to this work. Here is where I feel NADRA has succeeded, and this will be the foundation for all code development work now and into the future. Every year this process occurs for different codes, and every three years for the IRC.

There's a lot at stake this year in code development. Will you be installing hold-downs on every guard post, or will you be free from installing them on every ledger? Will all decks be outright prohibited from within 5 feet of property lines? Will there finally be joist, beam and post sizing provisions available to ease design validation? What won't be at stake this year is NADRA. We have demonstrated our commitment to our vision and mission statement for code development, and we have been appreciated for it. more

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