As I walk the neighborhood I am miffed at the quality of work that is going up. Yesterday as I was passing by one I looked down and notice that the new framing goes below grade by a foot. Granted the facade of the building might get a brick or stucco surface but this is not going to keep moisture out below grade. So if building wood frame structure below grade is "code" then the sill plate still should be treated lumber which it is not in this case I also did not notice (may have been some) moisture barrier under the sill. So the structure of the house is built on a base that within a short time is possibly (I would say probably) going to be compromised. I really feel sorry for the people that purchase these houses that are going up. Consumers are buying into the New construction smell but are going to encounter problems and expenses within a few years that could have easily been avoided. I do not understand why people do this knowingly to others?