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Get on the Same Page with Your Building Code Inspector | Foam University

Welcome to Foam University, today we’re
going to talk about some tips on how to get on the same page with your building
inspector. So you have a building project coming up and you have to file for some
permits, well the first thing you need to do is establish who’s filing for the
permits. A lot of times it could be the homeowner, a lot of times it is the
contractor who’s doing the work. First establish that,
now you may gloss over that and think, “Oh, well you know of course the contractor
is going to do it.” Well, a lot of contractors may assume that the
homeowner is going to do it. Make sure you establish that and there’s benefits
to both sides so establish that first. Now the next thing to keep in mind and
this is really the basis of everything. Communication is key with both the
contractors doing the work and the building inspector. So, you as the
homeowner should really hone in on this. Make sure everyone is in communication.
Now whoever is submitting the permit needs to be very very specific on the
permit itself. So when it’s submitted for example, let’s say you’re doing attic
insulation with foam because you’re smart and when you put that in for the
permit you need to be very specific on their. Say what foam you’re using, how
many inches you’re putting in, anything else like that if you have any other
work going in, with that trade, for the insulation in the Attic be very specific
in there. What you want to do is, you want to set it up to where when the office
gets that paperwork in and the inspectors going through that permit, he
knows exactly what to expect so that when he ultimately comes out after the
work is done, he’s walking in and can say, “Yes, this is exactly what I was looking
to see, everyone was on the same page.” So, after you filed for your permit with a
very detailed description, you should reach out to the building office, ask for
the building inspector who’s going to be going over your permit, ask to talk to
them give them a brief introduction, establish that communication. Just
introduce yourself, say “Yes I’m so and so, this project is coming up,” establish that
again now he knows your name, he knows what to expect, and he knows you’re going
to be involved. That communication is going to be key I
can’t emphasize that enough. So again, that also establishes if he’s going
through the permit and has any questions. “Hey, what’s this product rated for, can I
see some additional testing,” whatever . He then has a person to contact, he can call
you and say, “Yes can I please see this,” or “Can I have an example of that.” You’ve
established that communication, he calls you directly and gets it very
promptly. Now another thing to keep in mind is your contractor, like I said, make
sure they’re in communication the whole time as well. If anything changes from
the scope of work that you filed for, that needs to be updated right away. You
should file a revised permit with the city or Township and get that in as soon
as possible. So again, make sure your contractor and you are on the same page
of what’s being done. If anything changes, get it over right away.
Next thing keep in mind, if you’re using something like foam insulation and I
know you are, like I said, you’re smart. So keep in mind, foam insulation is still
relatively new and some of the building codes have not caught up with foam
insulation. What I mean by that is, the new iteration of the building code does
call for a blower door test on a new house. That is just one example of how
the building code is now taking into effect air seal, which is one of spray
foam insulation biggest components. Right, it gives you an air seal,
establishes that building envelope. Again, the building code is catching up with
foam, but not quite there yet, the other thing is every inspector will interpret
the building code a little differently. It’s one of those gray areas you have to
keep in mind. Again, that’s why your communication with that person is going
to be key. So if your building inspector interprets a code and they say, you know
“I would like to see this as in addition to what you’ve submitted for,” or they say
“This is fine.” You may not be surprised if you hear someone else has a similar
project and may have gotten a different result. Maybe their inspector required
something different or required less. Whatever it could be, don’t be surprised
if that happens. Again building code is going to be
interpreted by each inspector a little differently and something with foam
again still new it gets interpreted very different. We work with inspectors every
day and everyone, just alone in Michigan, every inspectors got to a
little different. So make sure that communication is kept up the whole time.
Now, like I said, communication. I’ve said that word about 50 times because I can’t
emphasize it enough. When the project finally gets done, everything’s the way
it is. You go and you inspect, you go through your list and you as the
homeowner say, “yes this is exactly what I expect to see.” Great, you schedule the
final inspection, the inspector comes out and checks it over and he says the same
thing. That’s exactly what you want and you can only get that way through
communication. Make sure you, your contractor, the inspector all on the same
page throughout the entire process. Any changes or variation at all need to be
revised and updated with everyone. I hope this information is helpful to you and I
know building a new house or any new project that involves a permit can be a
little daunting and a little intimidating, but again, like anything
else ,you keep everyone in the loop it will go a lot smoother. Please leave us a
comment if you have questions about a project you have coming up. If you use
foam or anything in building a project and you’ve gotten questions from an
inspector they didn’t understand as far as you think it should pass but it
didn’t he’s requiring something you didn’t understand. Feel free to drop us a
comment. If it’s about foam insulation, we got your back. Don’t forget to subscribe
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