Class Catalog

Class Name

Class Description

Advanced Studies of the 2009 International Building Code

This class will provide a provocative and higher level of review of the 2009 International Building Code. The class will focus on unusual and more complex fire and life safety provisions of the code. Chapters 7-10 of the IBC will be discussed during the seminar. Subjects included will be fire walls, fire barriers, smoke barriers, automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarm systems, interior finishes, large building egress and other advanced provisions of the code. Case studies of large and unusual buildings will be discussed during the seminar.

IRC Plan Review

Designed to provide a broad overview of the process for residential plan review, this one-day course will provide the basic steps involved to complete a comprehensive review of a residence. The class will discuss the tools and process for conducting a residential plan review. It will also increase your awareness of the necessary items required to ensure code compliance of the homes built in your jurisdiction.

Hazardous Materials for Building Officials

This is a full day class that covers the subject of hazardous materials to assist the Building Official in properly dealing with the more dangerous occupancies.   The pertinent sections of the IBC regarding Hazardous Materials will be covered, including each type of H occupancy, as well as additional sections of some other codes.  The class covers how to correctly classify materials, correctly determine when a label of “H” occupancy is appropriate and determines various manners of protection required to reduce risk.  Control areas, storage, open and closed systems will all be discussed in depth.  Tips on analyzing materials, going over available resources and special requirements will also be covered.  Time will be spent helping to understand MSDS sheets and evaluating specific hazardous situations.  Real life examples will be brought up with class participation encouraged in analyzing the possible dangers.

IBC Update (One-day Seminar)

Reviews the changes from the last edition to the current edition of the International Building Code. The background behind many of the changes will be discussed to provide the participant with an understanding of the intent of the changes and how to apply it to their everyday work. Subjects covered in the class will include the code change process, mixed occupancies, atriums, accessible means of egress and many more.

IBC Overview

Explores the major provisions of the International Building Code. The presentation will include discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: occupancy classification, types of construction, means of egress, fire sprinklers and fire-resistive-rated construction, administrative provisions and accessibility. This class is designed to provide an introduction to the new provision of the code. (IBC Overview also available in two- or three-day seminars.)

IBC Building Classification

Addresses the essential provisions of the IBC relating to the classification of buildings. Subjects include occupancy classification, type of construction, area calculations, location on property and building heights. Practical examples and problems will be discussed to illustrate code requirements.

IBC Building Areas, Fire Areas & Mixed Occupancies

Comprehensive discussion of the major compartmentalization concepts of the IBC, focusing on those requirements that deal with building size, sprinkler options and mixed-use buildings.  Fire-resistance-rated construction is also addressed.  This class will include topics on allowable areas, area increases, unlimited area buildings, fire area concept and construction, incidental/accessory use areas and separated/non- separated uses.

IBC Fire-resistance-rated Construction

Focuses on those elements of buildings that are required to be fire-resistance-rated due to other provision of the code. Based on the International Building Code® (IBC®), provision applicable to all of the occupancies and construction types will be addressed. The seminar is applicable to all aspects of the regulatory/design/construction community, including building officials, fire officials, plans examiners, inspectors, design professionals and contractors. Major topics include: Required fire-resistance-rated construction in the IBC, Resources to Verify Fire-resistance-rated Construction, Fire walls, Fire Barriers and Fire Partitions, Horizontal Assemblies, Shaft Enclosures, Fire Doors and Fire Windows, Penetrations and Joints, Fire Dampers and Smoke Dampers, Fire-blocking and Draft-stopping.

IBC Fire-Resistant-Rated Construction & Fire Protection

In-depth discussion of the fire-resistant-rated construction, Chapter 7 and 8, and fire protection, Chapter 9, provisions of the IBC. The class will include a discussion of available resources available to comply with these chapters. The class also includes discussion of where fire protection systems are required to be installed. The installation standards for fire protection systems will not be discussed in this class.

IBC Means of Egress

This class is a basic overview of the means of egress requirements included in Chapter 10 of the IBC. The presentation will include detailed discussions on the design of the means of egress in buildings. Subjects included in the class are the three parts of the means of egress including occupant loads, egress width, number of exits, travel distance, common path of egress travel and exit enclosures. Practical examples will be used to illustrate code requirements.

IBC Advanced Means of Egress

An advanced look at the means of egress requirements included in Chapter 10 of the International Building Code. The presentation will include detailed discussions on the design and review of the means of egress in unusual occupancies. Subjects included in the class are malls, assembly occupancies, special egress components, smoke proof enclosures, horizontal exits and exit passageways. Practical examples will be used to illustrate code requirements.  This class is designed for those students that have a basic understanding of how the means of egress is designed and reviewed.

IBC Means of Egress for Fire Officials

A basic overview of the means of egress requirements included in of the International Building and Fire Codes.  Subjects included are the three parts of the means of egress including occupant loads, egress width, number of exits, travel distance, common path of egress travel and exit enclosures.  The seminar will also include the maintenance of the means of egress and how fire officials are involved in enforcing the requirements.  Practical examples will be used to illustrate code requirements.

IBC Accessibility Requirements 

Overview of the scoping provisions for accessibility in the International Building Code and the technical provisions of the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.  The seminar will also discuss differences between the provisions enforced by building department and the American Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

IBC Accessibility – Non-Residential

Provides basic concepts of disabled accessible design and construction using the International Building Code and ICC A117.1 as it relates to non-residential structures.  The first portion of the class will discuss WHEN accessible features are required by the IBC.  The remainder of the class will be devoted to HOW a building and its site is made accessible by the A117.1 Standard.  This class is intended for the code user who is either new to accessible design or is in need of a refresher on the ever-changing requirements. Application of accessibility requirements for existing buildings will be discussed.

IBC Accessibility 202 – Residential

Devoted to residential accessibility requirements using the International Building Code and ICC A117.1.   Topics will include scoping for accessible design, Accessible, Type A and Type B residential requirements.  The class will provide Federal accessibility background to help the student negotiate the maze of regulations and their base intent in the IBC.

IBC Commercial Roofing

Provides an overview of the commercial roofing requirements in Chapter 15 of the 2006 International Building Code. The application of low-slope roofs will be the primary focus of this class. The use of manufacture’s installation instructions as well as evaluation reports will be discussed in the installation and inspection of these types of roofing systems.

IBC Multi-Family Construction 

Overview of the requirements for multi- family dwellings in the International Building Code.  Type V-A construction may be the most difficult type of construction to build a structure by.  This seminar discusses the design, construction and inspection of Group R-2 occupancies including, building planning, fire-resistive rated construction, fire protection requirements and means of egress requirements.

IBC Tenant Improvement Aspects of Assembly, Business & Mercantile Occupancies

Identifies IBC provisions applicable to the design and construction of tenant space improvements. The discussion addresses the three most common types of uses: business, mercantile and assembly. It emphasizes options available in the code for gaining compliance. Discussion includes occupancy separations and fire areas, type of construction features, fire-resistance-rated construction, interior finish materials, fire protection features, means of egress components and means of egress design.

IBC Extreme Plan Review & Inspections

Addresses the very large and unusual building plan review and inspections. The class will focus on high-rise construction, atriums, very large buildings and unusual projects. The class will also discuss the special inspection process and how to monitor the program. The discussion will address the review and inspections of alternate designs and performance based design.

Outside the Box Plan Review

The discussion will address the review and inspections of alternate designs and performance based design. The class addresses the true intent of the code versus the prescriptive language of the code. It encourages the student to look outside the box when evaluating unusual conditions or projects. The ICC Performance Code will be reviewed as part of this class. Although not widely adopted, this code provides a method to deal with unusual conditions. It also describes the true intent of the International Codes to assist in evaluating performance based design.

Advanced Studies of the International Building Code

This class will provide a provocative and higher level of review of the International Building Code. The class will focus on unusual and more complex fire and life safety provisions of the code. Chapters 7-10 of the IBC will be discussed during the seminar. Subjects included will be fire walls, fire barriers, smoke barriers, automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarm systems, interior finishes, large building egress and other advanced provisions of the code. Case studies of large and unusual buildings will be discussed during the seminar.

Designing to the IBC

This seminar discusses the best way to present a set of drawings to a building department. The more complete a set of drawings are, the quicker the plans can be reviewed and permit issued. The development of Code Analyses and Code plans will be reviewed. Subjects will also cover how to show fire-resistive rated construction, the means of egress and other code requirements on the plans. This class is designed for architects and designers, but may be helpful for plans examiners as well.

Senior Living Facilities

This full day class will explore the design and review of senior living facilities under the International Building Code. The market is supporting the development of mixed used projects that include independent living facilities (Group R-2), assisted living facilities (Group I-1), memory care facilities (Group I-2) and other associated occupancies. This seminar will discuss the inherent issues with these types of uses and application of the code provisions. The discussion will also include the interaction of the IBC and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code in these types of uses.

H Occupancies for Building Departments

This is a full day class that covers the subject of hazardous materials to assist the Building Official in properly dealing with the more dangerous occupancies.   The pertinent sections of the IBC regarding Hazardous Materials will be covered, including each type of H occupancy, as well as additional sections of some other codes.  The class covers how to correctly classify materials, correctly determine when a label of “H” occupancy is appropriate, and determines various manners of protection required to reduce risk.  Control areas, storage, open and closed systems will all be discussed in depth. 

Beginning Commercial Building Inspections

This full day class is designed for residential inspectors that are moving into the area of commercial inspections. The class will briefly discuss the preparation and tools needed to conduct an inspection and the interaction between the inspector and contractor. The majority of the class will focus on the technique and technical aspects of commercial building inspections. Subjects discussed in the class will include foundations, wood framing, light-gauge steel framing, fire-resistive rated construction, means of egress and accessibility.

Advanced Commercial Building Inspections

This full day class is designed for commercial inspectors looking for a more advanced look at the inspection process and technical portions of the International Building Code. The main focus of the class will be on the inspecting the structural portion of the building including concrete, steel and masonry. Structural testing and special inspection requirements will also be discussed. Inspections of high-rise construction and other types of large projects will also be reviewed during the class.

Commercial Tenant Improvements of A, B and M

Identifies IBC provisions applicable to the design and construction of tenant space improvements. The discussion addresses the three most common types of uses: business, mercantile and assembly. It emphasizes options available in the code for gaining compliance. Discussion includes occupancy separations and fire areas, type of construction features, fire-resistance-rated construction, interior finish materials, fire protection features, means of egress components and means of egress design.

International Building Code – Prescriptive Structural Provisions for Plans Examiners

Examines the prescriptive structural provision requirements of the IBC. Addresses major elements including structural design, loads, structural tests and special inspections, soils and foundations, concrete, masonry, steel and wood.

Special Inspections and Tests

This seminar is a comprehensive review of Chapter 17 of the 2012 International Building Code. We will discuss the development of a special inspection program in a jurisdiction and how to evaluate special inspection agencies. The requirements for special inspection agencies will be reviewed. We will also discuss the types of special inspections required by the code and how they will be conducted. This provides the building department with the knowledge to do oversight inspections. Available resources will also be provided and discussed.

Fire Rated Assemblies, Firestopping and Joint Systems

This seminar will focus on the different types fire-resistant rated assemblies and systems required by the International Building Code. Resources on identifying different systems will be discussed. The seminar will also discuss the plan review and inspection of such assemblies and systems.

Interior Finishes and Foam Plastics

This seminar will provide a brief discussion of the requirements of Chapters 8 and 26 of the International Building Code. The flame spread requirements for interior wall and ceiling finishes will be evaluated to assist plans examiners and inspector in determining code compliance. The installation and protection of foam plastics installed in buildings will also be discussed.

Inspecting Fire-Resistant Rate Floor/Ceiling and Roof/Ceiling assemblies

In-depth discussion of the fire-resistant-rated horizontal assemblies in Chapter 7 of the IBC. The class will include a discussion of available resources available to comply with these chapters. The class will focus on the inspection of these types of assemblies including the coordination with the listed assembly and other building code requirements.

High-Rise Buildings

This seminar will discuss the unique building code requirements for high-rise buildings. These types of structures create challenges for firefighters and occupants of a building in an emergency. The code provides requirements to mitigate the inherent hazards in these types of buildings. The class will discuss fire protection requirements, egress requirements, special inspection requirements and elevator requirements.

Administrative Provisions of the IBC

This class will look at the different ways the building code is administered. Chapter 1 of the IBC will be the focus during this class with discussions on other portions of the code that relate to the administration of the code including duties of the building official, board of appeals, existing buildings and appendix chapters that relate to building code administration.

IRC Update

Review the change from the last edition to the current edition of the International Residential Code. The background behind many of the changes will be discussed to provide the participant with an understanding of the intent of the changes and how to apply it to their everyday work. Discussion covered in this class will also include the code change process.

IRC Overview

Explores the major provisions of the 2006 International Residential Code. The presentation includes detailed discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: building planning; foundation, floor, wall and roof construction; exterior wall finishes; and roofing systems. The class is designed to provide an introduction to the provision of the code. (IRC seminar also available in 2-day class.)

IRC Sites, Soils, Footings, Foundations & Locations on the Lot

This seminar provides in-depth training on the IRC code provisions for getting a “building out of the ground.” The seminar is applicable to all aspects of the regulatory/design/construction community, including contractors, design professionals, plans examiners and inspectors. Major topics include: Soils and Geotechnical Reports, Soils Drainage, Use of Prescriptive Tables, Slabs on Ground, Slope Requirements, Basements and Crawl Spaces.

IRC Structural Provisions

Explores the major provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC). Discussion will include the chapters covering building planning, foundation, floor, wall, roof/ceiling construction and roof covering requirements. The class will also include a session on preparation for taking certification exams. Understanding fundamentals and with the knowledge of the more significant issues, individuals will be better prepared for taking an IRC certification exam.

IRC Prescriptive Bracing Requirements

Focuses solely on the prescriptive wall bracing methods in the IRC. Topics will include the code implementation of wall bracing with wood panels, gypsum panels, fiberboard panels, alternate braced panels, continuous wall sheathing and portal frames. Example problems will be provided and discussed.

IRC Exterior Wall Systems

Water intrusion through exterior walls may be the largest problem in residential construction today. This class discusses the International Residential Code’s requirements for exterior walls. General installation requirements of products will be discussed, including weather barriers, flashing, wood/hardboard siding, masonry veneer, stucco and exterior insulated finish systems.

IRC Roofing

Provides an overview of the residential roofing requirements in Chapter 9 of the International Residential Code. This class will address primarily the application of steep roofing systems on residential structures. The use of evaluation reports and manufacturer’s installation instructions will be discussed in the installation and inspection of these types of roofing systems.

IRC Plumbing

Explores the major provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC). Discussion will include the chapters covering plumbing installations, fixtures, water heaters, water supply, sanitary drainage, waste, vent and fuel gas requirements. The class will also include a session on preparation for taking certification exams. Understanding fundamentals and with the knowledge of the more significant issues, individuals will be better prepared for taking an IRC certification exam.

IRC Mechanical

Explores the major provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC). Discussion will include the chapters covering mechanical systems, heating and cooling equipment, exhaust systems, vents, combustion air, hydronic piping and fuel gas requirements. The class will also include a session on preparation for taking certification exams. Understanding fundamentals and with the knowledge of the more significant issues, individuals will be better prepared for taking an IRC certification exam.

Residential Plan Review

Designed to provide a broad overview of the process for residential plan review, this one-day course will provide the basic steps involved to complete a comprehensive review of a residence. The class will discuss the tools and process for conducting a residential plan review. It will also increase your awareness of the necessary items required to ensure code compliance of the homes built in your jurisdiction.

IRC Over the Counter Plan Review

Designed primarily for the building department employee who has an interest in learning more about the plan review aspects of working at the front counter. The course is intended to provide essential information that will assist in doing plan review as it relates to such items as patio covers, room additions, decks, garages, hot tubs and other items.

IRC Inspections

Provides new residential inspectors with basic techniques and an understanding of conducting inspections of one & two dwelling and townhouse buildings.  The discussion will include preparation, presentation and inspections of the building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical portions of a building.

Reading Plans

This class will focus on the layout of construction documents and how to read the plans for compliance with the codes. The recommended order of the plans and how they are laid out will be discussed, including the civil, electrical, architectural, plumbing, structural, mechanical and fi re sprinkler plans. The use of symbols and scales on drawings will also be discussed and how to interpret their use. The class will also look at the development of specifications and how to get code related information from this document.

Prescriptive Bracing Requirements in the IRC

This training class focuses solely on the prescriptive wall bracing methods in the IRC. Topics will include the code implementation of wall bracing with wood panels, gypsum panels, fiberboard panels, alternate braced panels, continuous wall sheathing and portal frames. Example problems will be provided and discussed.

Structural Provisions of the IRC

This fast-paced one-day seminar explores the major provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC). Discussion will include the chapters covering building planning, foundation, floor, wall, roof/ceiling construction and roof covering requirements. Understanding fundamentals and with the knowledge of the more significant issues, individuals will be better prepared for taking an IRC certification exam.

IRC Chapter 3 Overview

Explores the major provisions of Chapter 3, Building Planning of the 2018 International Residential Code. The presentation includes detailed discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: fire-resistant rated construction, means of egress, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and glazing. The class is designed to introduce the provision of the code to the user.

Legal Aspects & Ethics for Building Departments

The first part of this course provides individuals with guidelines for administering the legal aspects of code enforcement, prosecution and maintenance. Topics will include historical results of ignoring regulations, interpretation and application of pertinent laws and theories of legal liability. The second part will discuss ethics, with a discussion of “real world” issues that affect the perception and performance of the code enforcement staff.

ICC CBO Certification Technical Examination Review

Reviews the ICC references used for the ICC CBO Technical Examination. Subjects discussed will include architectural plan review, structural plan review, building systems plan review and field inspections portions of the examination. Students will be able to use this seminar to prepare for taking the examination.

Commercial Plan Review

Explains the process of conducting a plan review for small/medium sized commercial projects.  It will cover the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical requirements for commercial projects.  The first day will focus on the building code portion of reviews based on the International Building Code.  The Second day will focus on the plumbing, mechanical and electrical portion of the review The class will provide students with formats, process and understanding of how to conduct a commercial plan review.

Combination Inspection of Small Commercial Structures

Provides new commercial inspectors with basic techniques and an understanding of conducting inspections of small commercial buildings.  The discussion will include preparation, presentation and inspections of the building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical portions of a building.  

IBC for Fire Officials

This fast-paced seminar explores the major provisions of the International Building Code as they relate to fire department personnel. The presentation will include discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: occupancy classification, types of construction, means of egress, fire sprinklers fire-resistive-rated construction, one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. This class is designed to provide an introduction to the new provisions of the code.

Alternate Materials and Methods of Construction

This class reviews the use of the alternate materials and methods requirements of the codes. The class will review the use of ICC evaluation reports when using the International Building Code. Different types of materials and methods will be discussed. Examples of how those materials and methods should be evaluated will be provided to attendees will have a better understanding of how to review or submit alternates.  

Continued Use & Reuse of Existing Buildings

Addresses the relationship of the IBC to existing buildings, as well as the use of the IEBC. Focuses on the fundamental requirements of IBC Chapter 34 that are placed on an existing structure that undergoes repair work, alteration, renovation activity or construction of an addition, and the effect of a change in the building’s occupancy classification. Discusses the “compliance alternatives” method of Section 3409. Topics include regulations of additions, alterations and repairs, changes of occupancy considerations, compliance alternatives and application of the IEBC.

International Mechanical & Fuel Gas Codes

A review of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code adopted and amended by the State of Washington will be provided, along with the basic provisions for appliance installation, combustion air, venting, fuel gas piping, ducting, ventilation and exhaust.

International Property Maintenance Code & Dangerous Buildings

Provides an overview of housing and property maintenance inspections as outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code. Defining and identifying specific ways to handle dangerous buildings will be discussed. The seminar will assist code personnel who are seeking a better understanding of how to approach property maintenance inspection, how to conduct a thorough inspection and how to follow through with appropriate enforcement actions.

International Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes Overview

A review of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code will be provided, along with the basic provisions for appliance installation, combustion air, venting, fuel gas piping, ducting, ventilation and exhaust.

International Existing Building Code Overview

This one-day seminar addresses the relationship of the International Existing Building Code to existing buildings. The seminar focuses on the fundamental requirements on an existing structure that undergoes repair work, alteration, renovation activity or construction of an addition, and the effect of a change in the building’s occupancy classification. Discussion will also include the “Performance Compliance Alternatives” method of evaluating a building.

International Energy Conservation Code Overview

This one-day class covers the provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code. Both commercial and residential plan review and inspection techniques will be reviewed. Discussion will include climate zones, thermal envelope, air barriers, vapor barriers, mechanical systems, lighting controls and loads as well as determining lighting budgets. This class is a combination of the half-day Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation classes.

Residential Energy Conservation

This half-day seminar is designed to provide an in-depth look at the Residential Energy requirements in Chapter 11 of the IRC and Chapter 4 of the IECC. Residential plan review and inspection techniques will be reviewed. Discussion will cover topics such as the thermal envelope, climate zones, air barriers, vapor barriers, total UA path and performance path.

Commercial Energy Conservation

This half-day seminar is designed to provide an in-depth look at the commercial energy requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code. Commercial plan review and inspection techniques will be reviewed. Discussion will cover topics such as the Discussion will include climate zones, thermal envelope, mechanical systems, lighting controls and loads as well as determining lighting budgets.

Residential Alternative Energy Systems: ESS, Solar, and Backup Generators

This webinar will provide an overview of critical elements for plan review and inspection of energy storage systems, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, and backup generators. Topics will cover key plan check and inspection points of these alternative energy systems. Topics will include PV solar fire setbacks, location and method of a rapid shutdown, DC optimizer and micro-inverter systems, mounting to the roof, racking attachments with grounding clamps, engineered ground mount foundations, residential generators, residential automatic transfer switch and portable generator connections to the existing electrical system, generator setback for structure, and back feeding to the main service panel. The webinar will also address differences between battery backup systems and energy storage systems. This class is for building inspectors, plan reviewers, and permit technicians who want a better understanding of residential alternative energy systems.

Chapter 1 SCOPE, ADMINISTRATION and DEFINITIONS

Attendees will take a closer look at the residential permit process. The purpose of Chapter one is to provide an understanding of the administrative provisions of the IRC / CRC, including the: scope and purpose of the code, duties of the building official, issuance of permits, submission of construction documents inspection procedures, certificate of occupancy, due process of law in enforcing the building codes and referenced standards

Chapter 3 BUILDING PLANING:

Attendees will take a closer look at the guidelines for a minimum level of structural integrity, life safety, fire safety and livability for inhabitants of dwelling units regulated by code.

Chapter 4 FOUNDATIONS

Attendees will take a closer look at the guidelines for a minimum level requirement relating to foundation systems, including soil evaluation; footing size, depth, and slope; foundation design and reinforcing. protected shallow foundations and wood foundations.

CHAPTER 4 FLOORS

Attendees will have an understanding of the provisions regulating floor construction, including the sizing and installation of floor joists and girders; drilling and notching of floor framing members; engineered wood products such as trusses, glued-laminated members and I-joists; floor sheathing spans and installation; steel floor framing; concrete slab-on- ground floors; and decks attached to exterior walls.

Chapter 6 WALL CONSTRUCTION, and Chapter 7 WALL COVERING

Attendees will take a closer look at the understanding of the requirements dealing with wall construction and wall covering, including wood wall framing details

CHAPTER 8 ROOF/CEILING CONSTRUCTION AND CHAPTER 9 ROOF ASSEMBLIES:

Attendees will take a closer look at the understanding of the requirements for ceiling construction, roof construction and roof coverings.

Chapter 10 Chimneys/Fireplaces

Attendees will take a closer look at the understanding of the understanding of the provisions for chimneys and fireplaces, as well as the requirements for energy-efficient design and construction.

Chapter 3 – Building Planning I SECTION R302 FIRE-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION:

Attendees will take a closer look at the guidelines for a fire safety of dwelling units regulated by code. What is fire separation distance? How is it measured?

2019 California Residential Code

Attendees will take a closer look at the practical provisions of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and the 2019 California Residential Code (CRC). The study format affords a method for the student to gain a higher understanding of key chapters and sections of the IRC and CRC.

Customer Service, and public Relations

The class focuses on the methods to break the communication gaps between building department professional the public, political, departments and appointed representatives. Students will learn how to build strong teams within the operation area and provide better service and Deal with difficult clients. Ideas on outreach projects to promote the services a department provide.

Effective Leadership Skills

This program focuses on methods designed to build strong teams. The class is designed for senior level staff members and managers. Elements and techniques designed to assist the managers in communicating with staff and understanding how to use evaluations of employees as a team builder. Learning your strengths as a leader and how to be an effective communicator.

COUNTER FRONT

The class focus provides an introductory understanding of Chapters 1 and 2 of the IRC/CRC. The SCOPE and Application, Liability, IRC Appendix Chapters, Legal Aspects, types of Municipalities and how their powers affect our jobs, vested rights of a permit, the 4th amendment and permits, Color of Statute. And much – much – more. The IRC / CRC, including the: scope and purpose of the code, duties of the building official, issuance of permits, submission of construction documents inspection procedures, certificate of occupancy, due process of law in enforcing the building codes, and referenced standard.

IRC/CRC Residential Code Chapter 4 Grading, Drainage and Foundations

Attendees will look at the guidelines for a minimum level requirement relating to foundation systems, including Setbacks, Grading and Erosion Control /Appendix J for Grading, Slope Control, Site preparation, soil evaluation/ soils report; footing size, depth, and slope; foundation design and reinforcing. protected shallow foundations and wood foundations, Retaining walls.

Beyond the Complete Permit Tech Over the Counter Plan Reviews

This program is designed to provide basic plan review experience for the Permit Tech who wants to perform reviews at the counter. Topics of discussion will include basic blueprint reading, scales, terminology. Reviews will be Decks, Patio Covers, Garages, Sheds, pools and onversions based on the 2018 CRC/IRC. Experience Level Entry – Intermediate

Applying the Codes to Cannabis Facilities

Seminar examines the history and background of codes being applied to cannabis facilities, as well as discussion of the various related uses, hazards involved, and identification of H vs F-1, M and B occupancies within these facilities. Seminar discusses IBC, IFC, and MEP requirements and applying the IEBC to these uses.

Fire Rated Assemblies, Firestopping and Joint Systems for multi-family structures

This seminar will focus on the different types fire-resistant rated assemblies and systems required by the International Building Code specific to R occupancies. Resources on identifying different systems will be discussed. The seminar will also discuss the plan review and inspection of such assemblies and systems.

Introduction to Plan Review

Seminar takes the new plan reviewer through methods to do a plan review and talks about application of various tables and sections to determine compliance with IBC code requirements. This is an entry level class and assumes the attendees have some knowledge of the code but are new to plan review.

Combination Inspection of IRC Buildings

Reviews the various aspects of combination inspection. Intended as an introduction to combo inspections but serves as a good reminder of inspection techniques and skills for experienced inspectors. Main focus is Building and MEP with some Energy inspection included.

2021 IRC Fire Sprinklers

This seminar examines the requirements in the IRCC for when a fire sprinkler is required and how to plan review and inspect an IRC p2904 system. It also discuss the differences and similarities in the P2904 amd NFPA 13 D systems. By the end of the class attendees will be able to successfully plan review and inspect a P2904 fire sprinkler system. Designers will also benefit as it discusses proper design of the system.

2015 to 2018 IRC significant changes

Comprehensive discussion on the changes from the 2015 to the 2018 IRC and how those changes are to be applied. Discussion includes the background of the changes to help attendees better understand the intent of the code changes.

IRC Over the Counter Plan Review

This interactive training and discussion using practical examples of various plans of the process of performing an over-the-counter Plan review for simple IRC Projects. Discussion includes types of projects that are appropriate for an quick over-the-counter review as well as using simple plans in a hands-on approach to this topic. Attendees will be required to work through examples with the rest of the class.

2018 to 2021 IEBC Significant Changes

Reviews the changes from the last edition to the current edition of the International Existing Building Code. The background behind many of the changes will be discussed to provide the participant with an understanding of the intent of the changes and how to apply it to their everyday work. Subjects covered in the class will include the code change process, Alterations, Additions, Change of occupancy, Historic buildings, application of the new changes and many more.

2018 IEBC Additions & Change of Occupancy

This half day seminar discusses the requirement in the IEBC for a change of occupancy and/or an addition.

2018 IEBC Tenant Improvement Alterations

Discussion of the requirements of the IEBC for alterations including prescriptive and work area method

IEBC Update and Overview

Reviews the provisions of the IEBC and the three different compliance methods. Includes discussion of application of the IEBC. This is one of the most misused and misunderstood codes and this seminar endeavors to help attendees with understanding the intended use and application of the code.

2021 IPMC overview

One day seminar discussing the use and application of the International Property Maintenance Code. Class includes discussion of real-world issues and problem solving. Class is applicable to Code enforcement officers, Building Inspectors, Rental Housing Inspectors, Fire Inspectors and similar who are tasked with inspection of properties for upkeep and maintenance

2021 IFC Significant Changes

Discussion of the many changes that took place in the IFC in 2021 and how to apply those changes. Discussion will include the background of the changes to add clarity to the intent.

IECC Energy Compliance Paths

This class takes a look at the flexibility and options built into the International Energy Conservation Code as well as the various paths of compliance that can be taken and what type of documentation is needed for each path. We will look at how ComCheck, ResCheck, ASHRAE 90.1, HERS Raters, and the “Mandatory” items of the code are affected or put into play depending on the path you choose.

Residential Energy Inspections

Field inspection comes to the classroom by way of pictures, videos and lessons on real world applications of the code requirements. In this short course, students will find different ways to look at the building envelope components, mechanical systems, lighting installation as it pertains to energy efficiency, and be given strategies and information to help look at the energy components of the building while still looking at everything else they have to look at.

Commercial Energy Inspections

Field inspection comes to the classroom by way of pictures, videos and lessons on real world applications of the code requirements. In this short course, students will find different ways to look at the building envelope components, mechanical systems, lighting installation as it pertains to energy efficiency, and be given strategies and information to help look at the energy components of the building while still looking at everything else they have to look at.

Residential Energy Plan Review

How can we make time to look at energy code compliance during plan review while still looking at everything the other codes require us to look at? This short session will allow the student to identify key energy code requirements on plan sets while understanding why they are in the code and how the different components and systems all affect each. Students will receive strategies and information to assist them in incorporating energy code compliance into their everyday plan reviews.

Commercial Energy Plan Review

How can we make time to look at energy code compliance during plan review while still looking at everything the other codes require us to look at? This short session will allow the student to identify key energy code requirements on plan sets while understanding why they are in the code and how the different components and systems all affect each. Students will receive strategies and information to assist them in incorporating energy code compliance into their everyday plan reviews.

IECC Update – Residential

This course will cover the updated provisions for commercial and residential buildings as found in the International Energy Conservation Code.  Changes from one code edition to the next will be discussed as well as how the code gets written and why.

IECC Update – Commercial

This course will cover the updated provisions for commercial and residential buildings as found in the International Energy Conservation Code.  Changes from one code edition to the next will be discussed as well as how the code gets written and why.

IECC and Multi-Family Buildings

This course is designed to help the student understand how the International Energy Conservation Code is looked at when it comes to Multi-Family Construction. Depending on the number of stories of a building, it could be looked at under the Commercial Provisions or the Residential provisions. Students will be introduced to both sets of requirements as well as common problems encountered when trying to meet IECC compliance with things like blower door testing, commissioning, window area and more.

The Top 10 Approach to Energy Efficiency

Having trouble trying to enforce energy provisions of the IECC? Let’s look at the different types of residential and commercial buildings to see how they use energy. Then we’ll look at the concept of, at a minimum, targeting the top 10 code requirements that deal specifically with how each building loses its efficiency

Bring us Your Energy Code Challenges (either Residential or Commercial or both as a focus)

The focus of this training session is for you to bring us your energy code challenges you face in your job and we will work through them.

Energy Code Terminology and Energy Code Required Testing

This session provides you with two topics which will include both residential and commercial aspects.  For the first topic we will discuss some of the terminology that is found in the energy code.  The second part of the session we will discuss the required various testing the energy code requires.

Residential Energy Submittal Information (can be architect focus)

Due to the newly found importance of the energy code, we are all trying our best to get the right information to the right people.  We will discuss the items that are often missing from submittal, and or are frequently written up as review comments by building departments.  The information in this session has been provided by various Building Departments around Colorado.

Commercial Energy Submittal Information

This session is focused on the architect topic of interest with more and more jurisdictions updating their energy code with a focus on gaining more energy compliance.  We will discuss the items that are often missing from submittal, and or are frequently written up as review comments by building departments.  The information in this session has been provided by various Building Departments around Colorado.

Commercial Air Barriers and Testing

Review, verification and testing of the thermal envelope is required in some jurisdictions and testing is an alternative to meeting the air barrier requirements in other jurisdictions.  Through the tightening of the thermal envelope, buildings may realize energy cost savings and will be easier to balance and operate.  We will discuss compliance with the air leakage requirements as well as the testing alternative.

The Energy Code with Nontraditional Residential Construction Types

This session will take a look at how to apply the International Energy Conservation Code to construction materials outside of the typical wood framed structures.  We will take a look at materials such as strawbale construction, light straw clay construction, and log homes that are found in the code.  How do you utilize the energy code for alternative materials and methods i.e. rammed earth homes or adobe?  What are some of the alternative materials out there being used for insulation?  Join us as we have the discussion on these alternative, sustainable, and nontraditional types of construction.

The Commercial Energy Code for Unusual Energy Usage

The world is forever changing on how buildings are being utilized, and the great thing is the energy code is constantly evolving to acknowledge and address these new concepts.  This session we are going to look at how to apply the energy code for some of the more unusual occupancies or function of spaces.  How do you apply the energy code to grow facilities, or Data Centers?  Does everything apply to these types of uses?  How does the energy code deal with walk-in coolers or freezers?  What about refrigerated warehouses?  Join us to explore the more unusual side of the code.

IECC Chapter 5: What Do You Do with Existing Commercial Buildings                                                      

The IECC has provided some guidance on how to treat existing commercial buildings.  This session is going to review the commercial requirements of chapter 5 including topics for additions, alternations, repairs, and change of occupancy.

Chapter 5: What Do with Existing Residential Buildings 

IECC has provided some guidance on how to treat existing residential buildings. This session is going to review the residential requirements of chapter 5 including topics for additions, alternations, repairs, and change of occupancy.            

Inspecting and implementing the Residential IECC 

The IECC has many mandatory requirements that must be implemented regardless of the compliance path that is chosen. Let’s discuss what these are and how to comply with them.

2018 IECC- Big Ticket Energy Requirements for Commercial Projects

As an architect or designer what are the requirements of the 2018 IECC for commercial projects that are going to have the most impact on a commercial project?  Join us as we discuss the study used to demonstrate the requirements that make an impact.  Discuss current requirements that will be an impact for the future 2021 IECC.

How should Architects Implement and Specify Energy Regulations to help the Builders and Building Official?

The architect and or designer is the original ringleader for any project before passing the torch to the code officials and builders.  Just like in the game of telephone sometimes your concepts and details change from one entity to the next.  What can you do to make sure your concepts and details do not get lost in the weeds?

How the Residential 2021 IECC will Affect Contractors and Architects?

What does the future hold for residential energy?  The energy code is a forever moving target, and we truly want it to be with all of the new innovations of products, systems, and building science to assist with the design, construction, and implementation of the energy code.  Join us to learn about some of the potentially new requirements of the upcoming 2021 IECC.  What new options and innovations have been provided for all of us to comply with energy efficiency.  Learn how the many black bars are actually a benefit to us in this code because the changes are assisting users to navigate the IECC easier and more proficiently.

How the Commercial 2021 IECC will Affect Contractors and Architects?

What does the future hold for commercial energy?  The energy code is a forever moving target, and we truly want it to be with all of the new innovations of products, systems, and building science to assist with the design, construction, and implementation of the energy code.  Join us to learn about some of the potentially new requirements of the upcoming 2021 IECC.  What new options and innovations have been provided for all of us to comply with energy efficiency.  Learn how the many black bars are actually a benefit to us in this code because the changes are assisting users to navigate the IECC easier and more proficiently.

Onsite Best Practices Residential Energy

Since we are not able to gather at a jobsite to witness and discuss best practices, we are bringing the jobsite to you by way of videos and photos taken from actual jobsites.  Let’s see what is actually being done in the field

Onsite Best Practices Commercial Energy

Since we are not able to gather at a jobsite to witness and discuss best practices we are bringing the jobsite to you by way of videos and photos taken from actual jobsites.  Let’s see what is actually being done in the field

Air Barriers

As an architect or designer what are the requirements of the  IECC for commercial projects to comply with the mandatory sections for air barriers.   What do I need to provide and how do I need to provide this information to assist contractors to build what was designed.  With a guest appearance from the Residential air barrier requirements.

Energy Code Resources

It’s almost impossible to build a structure without any resources, and the same can be said when you are building your energy compliance.    We are very fortunate to have so many entities with resources at our disposal for energy compliance, but where do you go to find these resources?  We will provide you with the information on these resources and discuss some of the tools that are currently available for your use.

Top Ten Items for Commercial and Residential Inspections

We all know that everything should be inspected, but what are the items that will have the biggest impact on the structure’s energy efficiency.  We will take a look at the top 10 items to inspect for commercial projects, and we will look at the top 10 items to inspect for residential projects.  Join us to find out the heavy hitters.

Commercial Lighting Controls and Daylighting

Ever wondered when a window and skylight is considered daylighting.  What are some of the controls we should be seeing for our commercial lighting?  What do we need to know about commercial lighting?  Join us to find out.

Tools Available for Energy Compliance

Everybody needs tools to get the job done, and energy compliance is no different.  What tools are out there for all of us in the building community to get a project to be compliant with the energy code?  We will discuss the tools and resources available for everyone who is involved in a project including architects, engineers, plans examiners, contractors, builders, and inspectors to be successful.

IECC Commercial Thermal Envelope: The designers perspective.

This class will not only provide what the code requires, but what the details should include. What does code intend when requiring “The building thermal envelope shall be represented on the construction drawings” or “Air barrier and air sealing details, including the location of the air barrier”  We will provide clear examples of what is required and needed for the trade contractor to install. Remember it is the designer who designs and the trade contactor to construct. 

IECC Residential Thermal Envelope: The contractors perspective.

This class will not only provide what the code requires, but what the installation should look like. Did the designer provide what you need to build a particular assembly? What are the differences between a vented and unvented attic?  Or crawlspace? How about the concept of “The air barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit shall be aligned with the insulation and any gaps in the air barrier sealed” and What is an air barrier? We will provide real life examples of these and other requirement. Remember you are the contractor, not the designer. Plans should include clear construction details.

IECC Commercial Thermal Envelope: The contractors perspective.

This class will not only provide what the code requires, but what the installation should look like. Did the designer provide what you need to build a particular assembly? What are the differences between a vented and unvented attic?  Or crawlspace? Do you understand and did the designer provide the needed details for the “The air barriers shall be permitted to be located on the inside or outside of the building envelope, located within the assemblies composing the envelope, or any combination thereof” We will provide real life examples of these and other requirements. Remember you are the contractor, not the designer. Plans should include clear construction details.

IECC Residential Thermal Envelope: The contractors perspective.

This class will not only provide what the code requires, but what the installation should look like. Did the designer provide what you need to build a particular assembly? What are the differences between a vented and unvented attic?  Or crawlspace? How about the concept of “The air barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit shall be aligned with the insulation and any gaps in the air barrier sealed” and What is an air barrier? We will provide real life examples of these and other requirement. Remember you are the contractor, not the designer. Plans should include clear construction details.

Multifamily and the Thermal Envelope: The contractors perspective.

This class will not only provide what the code requires, but what the installation should look like. Did the designer provide what you need to build a particular assembly? What are the differences between a vented and unvented attic?  Or crawlspace? How about the concept of “The air barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit shall be aligned with the insulation and any gaps in the air barrier sealed” and What is an air barrier? We will provide real life examples of these and other requirement. Remember you are the contractor, not the designer. Plans should include clear construction details.

IECC Overview – Residential

Explores the major provisions of the most current code year of the International Energy Conservation Code. The presentation includes detailed discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: thermal envelope (including air barriers), mechanical systems, service water heating, electrical and lighting. The class is designed to provide an overview to the provision of the code

IECC Overview – Commercial

Explores the major provisions of the most current code year of the International Energy Conservation Code. The presentation includes detailed discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: thermal envelope (including air barriers), mechanical systems, service water heating, electrical and lighting, additional efficiency packages, and commissioning. The class is designed to provide an overview to the provision of the code

Overview of ASHRAE 90.1

The IECC has allowed the use of ASHRAE 90.1 as a compliance path option to demonstrate compliance with the IECC for several cycles.  How many of us own the standard or know what the standard requires to find compliance on the plans or in the field?  Whether we have the standard on hand for reference or not, does not change the fact that designers and architects have the choice of utilizing it for their projects.  Join us as we discuss the requirements found in 90.1.  Let’s get to know this standard better.

90.1 – Getting to the Top Ten Hits

What do we enforce with a limit to our resources? What is going to make the biggest impact for energy efficiency? We will provide a brief overview of 90.1-2019.  This class will provide some of the top items for both plan review and field inspection. Creating a top ten list for the thermal envelope, mechanical, service water heating interior and exterior lighting systems and their controls.

The New Look of the 2018 IgCC

The 2018 IgCC has had some cosmetic surgery done, but during this class you will be able to see that things just moved around. Let’s review the changes made with the 2018 IgCC as it relates to the merging of the two documents.

IgCC Overview

Explores the major provisions of the most current code year of the International Green Construction Code. The presentation includes detailed discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues:  site sustainability, water efficiency, energy efficiency, IEQ, material and resources, and construction and plans for operation. The class is designed to provide an overview to the provision of the code.

Overview of the IgCC with an emphasis on Water Efficiency Provisions

This session will provide a general overview of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is first model green code for traditional and high-performance commercial buildings and residential buildings more than three stories high. The IgCC provides guidance for safe and sustainable building design and construction, including energy and water efficiency, site impact, building waste and materials. This code is useable, enforceable and adoptable and there are jurisdictions that have already adopted public versions of the code. This session will also provide a focus on the water efficiency provisions of the IgCC and Chapter 13 of the International Plumbing Code. It will cover water efficient fixtures, appliances, and use of non-potable water to reduce the use of potable water.

IgCC Appendix for Residential Compliance Option

What are the interconnections between the International Green Construction Code IgCC and the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).  How do they work together, so we have options in being more sustainable in our residential construction?

How Your Community Can Save Money While Saving the World

We will quantify the benefits of adopting the International Energy Code, International green Construction Code, and National Green Building Standard.  This presentation will demonstrate how Federal agencies and programs such as FEMA and USDA’s Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants program are utilizing the energy and sustainability codes for Federal benefits and funding. Attendees will learn how different approaches can save money while demonstrating compliance with the energy and sustainability codes. The presentation will explain why this should be important to your community and how this importance has been recognized by the world. This presentation will demonstrate what communities in other countries are doing with energy and green building codes to save the world, and attendees will be able to compare their community’s performance with other communities around the world. This presentation will examine what future constituents of your community will expect to find in a modern community. Learn how to get your community the benefits it deserves.

Creating Sustainability Programs

Thinking of implementing a sustainability program in your jurisdiction?  Maybe your jurisdiction even has their own Sustainability Coordinator.  Does that Coordinator talk to the Building Department before writing policy that will need to be enforced? Maybe you already have a sustainability program, but it exists by paper alone.  Let’s work through the different program approaches and options to make them work with those who should be sitting at the table for your goals to be successful.

Above Code Programs

This class will provide a brief overview of the provisions found in the International green Construction Code (IgCC) and National Green Building Standard (NGBS).  Attendees will learn about how the code is usable, enforceable and adoptable by jurisdictions for material resources, water efficiency, site design, construction waste, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.   

Green Roofs – It’s More Than a Color Choice

What plants should I grow in my garden, oh I mean my roof?  We will explore what code requirements are involved with vegetative roofs, and where these requirements come from. It’s a family reunion up on the roof, and the I-codes family and you are invited to attend this shindig.