I wish that this was an occasional problem with builders, but it isn't. I see it all the time. For those of you who think that the municipal building inspector will catch this, I sadly report that your expectations are set too high - much too high depending on the town.
This house is less than 10 years old - and already showing signs of damage. There are hundreds in our area just like it and they aren’t going to age well. Board movement is the least of my worries. I expect that we’ll see wood rot due to poor clearance and, in areas like the Lewis-Clark Valley, termites since we have provided a perfect entry path.