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Glossary of Construction Terms Used in Home Construction, Home Improvements, and Home Remodeling.

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Terms used in Aging in Place & Special Needs Remodeling, Basement Remodeling A Brand New Look at an Old Option, Design and Build Home Remodeling, Foundation Service, Green Building & Sustainability, Kitchen And Bath Remodeling, Structural Repair, Total Home Remodeling, and Egress Windows.

In the realm of construction and real estate, an easement is a legal provision that allows one party to use another’s property for a specific purpose, which could be public or private. Easements are essential for providing pathways for utilities (like water, electricity, and sewage), access rights, and even for aesthetic or conservation purposes. They can impact the way a property is developed or altered. For example, a utility easement may prevent a homeowner from building a structure over a sewer line. Easements are usually recorded in public records, meaning they are binding on future owners of the property. When planning construction or major renovations, it’s important to be aware of any easements that might affect the property.

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems)
EIFS is a type of building system that provides exterior walls with an insulated, finished surface in an integrated composite material system. It typically consists of insulation board attached to the wall surface, a base coat applied over the insulation, reinforced with fiberglass mesh, and a finished surface coat. EIFS gained popularity due to its energy efficiency, versatility in design, and ability to replicate other materials like stucco or stone. However, it must be correctly installed with proper moisture barriers and drainage to prevent water damage, as EIFS systems are not inherently water-resistant.

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Construction glossary term - Egress
Construction glossary term - Elbow

In construction and building design, egress refers to the means of exit from a building, room, or space in case of an emergency. The term encompasses all components of an escape route, including doors, windows, hallways, and stairs. Building codes strictly regulate egress for safety, specifying the size, number, and location of egress windows and doors. These regulations ensure that occupants can quickly and safely exit in case of emergencies, like fires. In residential construction, basements and bedrooms must have egress windows of a minimum size to allow for escape or rescue.

A pipe fitting used in plumbing and HVAC systems to change the direction of piping. Elbows are available in various angles, typically 45° and 90°, and are made from materials like PVC, copper, or steel. They are essential components in the design and layout of plumbing and HVAC systems.

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