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NAHB: US Residential Construction Performance Guidelines
US National Association of Home Builders booklet Residential Construction Performance Guidelines was created to offer a third-party view of quality issues in residential construction, for both new homes and remodeling. The guidelines help define the point when a potential warranty item requires corrective action. (PDF)
Industry Information

JLC: How To Eliminate Most Common Callbacks
Journal of Light Construction article discusses some of the most common callbacks and offers advise on how to avoid problems including drainless designs, reverse shingling, wall flashing woes, wrong water-resistive barrier (WRB) details, poor window and door flashing and site problems.
Information Sources

Fine Homebuilding: Pictures Of Scary Building Blunders
Fine Homebuilding offers pictures and commentary on various building blunders.

NAHB: Purchasable Residential Construction Performance Guidelines
Builder Books sells Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, the home building and remodeling industry's reference for residential construction performance. Created specifically for home builders and remodelers, this warranty tool will help you manage customer expectations, prevent and resolve customer complaints, and explain how the home should perform during the warranty period. $45 USD

This Old House: Photos Of Home Inspection Nightmares
This Old House online pictures describe some terrible tales from home inspection pros.
Issues & Performance

AHWP: Atlantic Construction Performance Guidelines
Atlantic Home Warranty Program provides performance guidelines for foundations & basements, interior climate control, floor framing, wall & ceiling finish, wall framing, interior & exterior finishing, cabinets & countertops, roofs, flooring, plumbing, chimneys & fireplaces, electrical, garages & exterior, and more. (PDF)

BC Housing: BC Residential Construction Performance Guide
BC Housing offers the new, free, Residential Construction Performance Guide online. It explains how new homes should perform and which defects are covered under home warranty insurance in British Columbia. This includes defects in design, labour or materials. The Guide is designed primarily for conventional low-rise, wood-frame homes. (PDF)

National Home Warranty: Defect Guidelines For New Home Warranty
National Home Warranty Program defect guidelines help their warranty holders to better understand the defects that are covered in their new home warranty policy. (PDF)

Tarion: Ontario Construction Performance Guidelines
Ontario warranty organization provides performance guidelines for foundations & basements, interior climate control, floor framing, wall & ceiling finish, wall framing, interior & exterior finishing, cabinets & countertops, roofs, flooring, plumbing, chimneys & fireplaces, electrical, garages & exterior, and more.
Procedures

Builder Magazine: Reducing Your Liability Risk With Defective Thinking
Builder Magazine describes how it's possible to get a 95 percent reduction in construction defects, but only if the builder understands the process completely and has a dedicated process.
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