Green Building requirements for remodel homes
Original post made by Aj on May 8, 2013
We were recently planning on remodeling our house, which includes significant changes to existing house. Along with all the requirements and rules that the city provides, the green building requirements are the most vague. Do we need to do it? What are the ways we can avoid additional requirements? Does permit approval depend on getting these requirements fixed?
Information on this important topic is not clear.
Anybody can help?
Thanks for your help!
on May 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm
New codes, green or not green are specific to the changes you want to make. A new bathroom may have half a dozen new codes depending not he state of your old one.
Only way to avoid complying to a new code is to not make a change at all. Some codes make sense, and you may want to change with the new code.
Make a list of what you want to change, take it to the PA development office and ask them.
on May 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Thanks "depends", but thats a fairly obvious answer.
I am just wondering about the green building requirements, since it is relatively new. We have an architect to help out with everything else.
The city has one person dedicated to the green building initiative and she no longer is available at the development center.
What are other people's experiences with this?
on May 9, 2013 at 10:49 am
We just remodeled our kitchen. Apparently , the previous homeowner did the previous remodel off-permit, and what a mess! Without inspectors, a lot os safety violations were committed, such as not updating the wiring, which could have burned down the house! The outside walls were not insulated, although the previous owners insisted they were, and there were holes in the drywall. All of this had to be corrected, which pushed the project way over budget and schedule.
When the project was completed, and the city inspector came out, he insisted on inspecting the entire two-story house as well as the kitchen. This included interrupting my DIL nursing her newborn son! It also included the inspector telling us that our one-year-old smoke detectors were out of date, our new carbon monoxide detector was out of date, and that they had to be replaced that same day with combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that were ionized and had lights ($$$). Otherwise, the kitchen remodel would not be approved!
The remodeler was ordered by the inspector to go out and buy the new detectors and install them before the inspector was to return two hours later, so the remodeler had to do this on his lunch and we had to pay for his time. Then, the inspector did not show up in two hours, but four.
I complained to the city, the inspector was reprimanded, but I am out money for new detectors I did not need, plus the cost of the remodeler's time, and the city does not wish to reimburse me. How about the inspector reimbursing me?
To complicate matters, the stress of this caused a relapse of a chronic condition that had been worsening at the time, and I now have a huge hospital bill for five days of infusions of a very expensive medication! I would certainly love to be reimbursed for what the insurance does not pay, and for the increase in my premium this will cause!!!