Outdated building codes a ‘big problem’ in NH
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It wasn’t just that Durham had “gone rogue” by updating its energy code to 2018 — in the tongue-and-cheek words of another town’s building code official — it actually moved one county north, as far as the building code is concerned.
“Put us someplace nice, like Wolfeboro,” joked Audrey Cline, Durham building inspector, explaining the building code change was done so buildings would be built to the even higher energy standards of a zone with a colder climate.
“It’s a crazy exception,” said Geoff Spitzer, vice president of commercial construction at Chinburg Properties Inc., a Newmarket developer. “But there are going to be more of those if we don’t get the codes up to date.”