Class Repository

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 insure code compliance of the homes built in your jurisdiction. 

Hazardous Material 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 (One-day seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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  (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-half day seminar)

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  (One-day Seminar)

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 (Half-day seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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 (One-day Seminar)

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.