Safety

Will This Record Storm Leave a Lasting Effect?

Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest Pacific Ocean hurricane to make landfall in Mexico. What do Patricia’s record wind speeds mean for our safety and the way we build?… Read more

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After A Disaster: Rebuild or Demolish and Start Over?

Most areas in the U.S. are subject to natural disasters that can damage homes. When the damage is done, should the home be rebuilt or demolished to make way for new construction?… Read more

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5 Hurricane Katrina Lessons: 10 Years Later

The death and destruction from Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast ten years ago today continues to affect us. Did you learn any of these lessons?… Read more

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Are You Looking for the Safer Choice Label?

RTAblog_2015_0414_SaferChoiceLabelThe Safer Choice label identifies household cleaning and home products that meet stringent health and environmental safety standards. This is particularly important for children and pets.… Read more

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Door Key or Microchip Under Your Skin?

RTAblog_2015_0225_DoorLocksDo you struggle with your door locks when trying to get into your house? Touchpad locks may keep us from fumbling with keys yet RFID chips may make entry even easier.… Read more

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Want Happy Holidays? Add Water.

RTAblog_2014_1205_ChristmasTreeThere’s one astonishingly simple thing you can do to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a nightmare.… Read more

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4 Ways to Protect Your Home from a Common Holiday Disaster

RTAblog_2014_1204_FireLineThe arrival of cold winter weather often signals the holiday season. It also means an increase in this disaster that devastates hundreds of thousands of homes each year… a real disaster… not an over-cooked turkey.… Read more

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The 2015 NGBS May Encourage More Accessibility in Homes

RTAblog_2014_1007_2015NGBSThe 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is currently under development. It may have an impact on you, even if you don’t use it.… Read more

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Does Your Project Team Know Georgia’s Building Codes Change January 1st?

Ryan Taylor and Bryan Readling just presented an update on the residential building codes of Georgia. Are the building codes in your state changing on January 1st?… Read more

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Can Homes Be Designed to Resist Megastorms?

RTAblog_2013_1118_TyphoonHaiyanThe devastation and loss of life from Typhoon Haiyan is still being calculated and, over the weekend, the American Midwest saw many tornadoes from a severe weather front. The terrible results from these storms have re-ignited the discussion about building … Read more

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Composting Houses: Self-Inflicted Damage in Our Housing Market

Other than the overgrown shrubs in the yard, you probably can’t tell this is a vacant short sale property. You probably also can’t tell it’s being composted from the inside.… Read more

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Do You Need a Storm Shelter?

RTAblog_2013_0520_RopeTornadoThe United States experiences approximately 1,200 tornadoes each year. We’ve compiled the following notes on storm shelters for those of you thinking about safety in the wake of recent storms.… Read more

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Why Didn’t Zoning Regulations Protect More Citizens from the West, Texas Explosion?

Reports of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas indicate significant loss of life and property damage. Why didn’t the zoning regulations protect more people?… Read more

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The ARC’s Lifelong Communities Partnership Looks at Accessibility Options for Houses

The Atlanta Regional Commission‘s (ARC) Lifelong Communities Partnership is a group of professionals working to develop and promote standards for communities for people of all ages and abilities. The group recently opened a discussion about accessibility options for houses … Read more

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What Causes Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

RTAblog_2012_1210_COdetectorAtlanta reporters spent the last week covering a carbon monoxide (CO) leak at an elementary school. First responders found five or six people unconscious and fifty people were sent to local hospitals. Gas appliances are common, especially in homes, … Read more

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