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    I just took a cont. ed. class that referenced this book and their guidelines pretty much exclusively. Overall, it seemed like good stuff. I'm thinking of buying the book but am curious if anyone has any opinions.

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    The guidelines were written by builders, so they can be pretty lax. I do think it is a good idea to purchase the book, because at least you have something to fall back on when the builder says "there is nothing wrong, why are you putting that in the report?" It's just one more resource/ reference you can use to prove your case, especially if the builder is a member of the NAHB.


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    Is this topic the "NAHB Green Home Building Guidelines"?

    If so I can assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    I just took a cont. ed. class that referenced this book and their guidelines pretty much exclusively. Overall, it seemed like good stuff. I'm thinking of buying the book but am curious if anyone has any opinions.
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    Popular reference books on the west coast for those doing litigation support work in construction defect cases.

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    Thanks guys,

    This wasn't the Green Building Book, although I did see that one while looking them up on Amazon.

    The NAHB book seems to be a bit easier and quicker to pull info from than the code book which is nice.

    I'll also check out the others... thanks Jerry.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    I just took a cont. ed. class that referenced this book and their guidelines pretty much exclusively. Overall, it seemed like good stuff. I'm thinking of buying the book but am curious if anyone has any opinions.


    There is much room for interpretation as in the case of Manufacturers Installation Instructions which supersede the base guidelines. I have been performing new construction warranty arbitrations for the last three years and this is the book the warranty companies use as their basis to pay claims. I have found it to be good enough for this type of work.

    I also perform private End of Warranty & New Construction Phase Inspections, almost all Florida builders subscribe to the NAHB Guidelines so... as an inspector if you use this book as the basis for your documentation of defects and interpret it strictly enough most builders will quietly agree to repair whatever defect you uncover. Buy the book.


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    Those guidelines are at best a bad joke and I would love to be on the other side of anyone who wants to hang their testimony on anything that dumb guidebook states. Come on, itís written and endorsed by the NAHB, an organization I was a member of years ago until I woke up and smelt reality. Donít mean to sound opinionated, but Joseph hit a raw nerve.

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    WTF is it with guys named Jerry and this board? The NAHB Guidelines are what YOU make of them, they don't pretend to be best or only way to construct a building.

    The Guidelines are a collection of minimum performance criteria (much like building codes) and should be interpreted as such, still the Guidelines provide as a very good foundation to begin interpreting construction defects because... There is already agreement with the builder regarding these Guidelines and the book is so loosely written that much can be interjected, especially if you are familiar with (a)building codes, (b)construction procedures and (c)manufacturers installation instructions.

    In regards to warranty arbitrations, in case there is an area or items not covered by the Guidelines then... Standard industry practices shall govern. Using these guidelines and my experience, training & code knowledge I have earned a good reputation performing homeowner warranty arbitrations throughout Florida.


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