Our organization is an approved ICC Preferred Provider and is often asked to provide code training classes to building officials, plans examiners, inspectors, design professionals, and contractors to help them in learning the different requirements of the adopted codes. Each course is taught by instructors who have years of experience and are well-respected in the industry. The following is a list of several classes that we have taught in the past, but we are more than happy to create a new course to meet the specific needs of your organization. If you would like to schedule a seminar for your organization, please feel free to contact us.
INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE (IBC)
INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE (IRC)
2015 IRC Update (1-Day)
This class will provide a brief synopsis of some of the key changes from the 2012 International Residential Code to the 2015 version. This includes
2012/2015 IRC – Complete Plan Review (1-Day)
This seminar will discuss how to perform a residential plan review ensuring compliance with the International Residential Code. The class will focus on the requirements of Chapters 1 through Chapter 10 of the IRC. Topics that will be discussed include administration, design criteria, site considerations, foundations, floor construction, roof construction, wall construction, braced wall provisions, wall coverings, roofing, chimneys, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and energy. The seminar does not teach how to design a single-family residence, but rather explains how to verify the project’s design
assumptions and overall compliance with the IRC.
2012/2015 IRC – Electrical Training (1-Day)
This full day class focuses on core residential electrical requirements and is based on the 2012
International Residential Code. The course will cover essential residential electrical requirements including wiring methods, overcurrent protection, services, branch circuits/feeder requirements, grounding, and devices and luminaires. This course will not only be beneficial for existing inspectors, plan reviewers, or installers, but will also be helpful for individuals seeking to become certified as a residential electrical inspector.
2012/2015 IRC – Detailed Electrical Training (2-Day)
This detailed 16 hour (2 full days) course is designed to walk the student step by step through the entire electrical portion of the 2012 International Residential Code. Concepts covered include definitions, services, branch circuit and feeders, wiring methods, grounding, devices and lighting, appliances, swimming pools/hot tubs, and hydro massage bathtubs. This course will not only be beneficial for existing inspectors, plan reviewers, or installers, but will also be helpful for individuals seeking to become certified as a residential electrical inspector.
2012/2015 IRC – Detached Accessory Structures & Decks (Half-Day)
This seminar will focus on the conventional construction requirements for detached accessory structures (i.e. garages, sheds, etc.) and residential decks complying with the requirements of the International Residential Code. The intent of this class is to help building officials and plans examiners to know how to quickly perform a review of these projects at the counter to see if they are in compliance with the IRC and will also help building inspectors to know what to look for in the field. The class will also discuss 2012 IRC requirements that will need to soon be enforced.
2012/2015 IRC – Carports & Patio Covers (Half-Day)
This seminar will focus on both the conventional and engineered construction requirements of the IRC and IBC for detached and attached carports and patio covers. Specific requirements for wood, steel, and light gage steel will be addressed. Common problems will be discussed and enforcement recommendations provided. The intent of this class is to help building officials and plans examiners to know how to quickly perform a review of these projects at the counter and will also help building inspectors to know what to look for in the field.
2012/2015 IRC – Structural Concerns in Residential Construction (Half-Day)
The majority of this seminar is spent reviewing specific construction and framing errors identified by licensed structural engineers in the Western United States and the Engineered Wood Association (APA). The lateral load path will be discussed in detail as well as common site conditions that should be reviewed for each project. The residential deck provisions will also be discussed in detail. Handouts will be provided that will assist inspectors in the field to be able to check common framing errors such as overdriven fasteners, excess notches or holes, misplaced holdowns, etc. The last portion of the course is reserved as an open discussion period.
2012/2015 IRC – Braced Wall Provisions (Half-Day)
This course will go through the braced wall provisions of the International Residential Code in detail. Multiple examples will be given throughout the class to build each attendees knowledge and understanding. In the end, several “free” online programs will be used to help show how to quickly check that the requirements of the IRC have been met. This seminar is ideal for both the building plan reviewer and the building designer. It is also beneficial for the building inspector and contractor to understand the detailing requirements for conventional construction.
2012/2015 IRC & IBC – Braced Walls vs. Engineered Shear Walls (Half-Day)
The requirements for braced walls per the IRC and Section 2308 of the IBC will be discussed, as well as the requirements for engineered shear walls per the IBC and its referenced standards. This seminar is ideal for the building plan reviewer and building inspector alike. The conventional and engineered requirements for floor and roof framing provided in both the IBC and IRC will also be discussed during this seminar. Several examples will be provided as well as methods to quickly ensure that braced wall or engineered shear wall provisions are met.
IRC – Residential Plan Review (1-Day) .7 CEU's
This course will discuss how to perform a residential plan review ensuring compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. Topics covered include administration, design criteria, foundations, floor construction, roof construction, wall construction, braced wall provisions, wall coverings, roofing, chimneys mechanical, plumbing, electrical, energy, etc. The seminar does not teach how to design a single-family residence, but rather explains how to verify the project's design assumptions and overall compliance with the IRC. The State of Washington amendments to the IRC will also be discussed. This class is specifically designed to help those planning to obtain an ICC certification as a Residential Plans Examiner or Residential Building Inspector.
The last hour will have a discussion on electronic plan review and document control solutions. WC³ will share what local jurisdictions should consider when making plans to move into the electronic age of processing permits.
2015 IEBC – Existing Buildings (1-Day)
The 2015 International Building Code (IBC) no longer has provisions to address existing buildings instead it now refers to the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) for requirements in relation to existing buildings. This class provides an introduction to the IEBC. It clarifies how the how the code is laid out and provides specific guidelines for how to use the book. Specific guidelines addressing mandatory structural, fire safety, and accessibility triggers will be discussed. Requirements for repairs, alterations, additions, moved structures and historic structures will be addressed.
2012/2015 IBC – Simplified Structural Plan Review (1-Day)
This seminar provides a step-by-step approach for performing a structural plan review to ensure that projects conform to the structural requirements of the IBC and IRC. The review process provided is strictly for residential to moderately-sized commercial projects, as larger projects may require a more extensive structural review. The seminar does not teach how to perform structural calculations, but rather explains how to verify the project’s design assumptions and overall compliance with the building code. Many examples will be given throughout in addition to sample plan review comments.
2012 IBC – Structural Changes (1-Day)
Many of the structural code provisions will change with the adoption of the 2012 IBC. Most of these changes occur to structural standards that are referenced by the IBC. Many of these are significant changes from what was required by the 2006 and 2009 IBC. The referenced material standards for wood, concrete, steel and masonry have all changed to some extent. The main changes affecting jurisdictions include new wind and seismic design methods. This class will help each attendee in developing a revised “Design Criteria” for their jurisdiction prior to the adoption of the 2012 IBC and will help them to ask appropriate questions of designers during the plan review and inspection stages to ensure that they are up-to-date with the new structural provisions of the building code.
2015 IBC – Structural Changes (Half-Day)
Many structural code provisions were changed as part of the 2012 International Building Code. While not many significant changes have occurred to the structural provisions from the 2012 IBC to the 2015 IBC, this course will dissect those changes that have occurred. The course will discuss not only those changes that have occurred within the IBC itself, but to several of the referenced standards such as ACI 318 and ACI 530 which cover the structural concrete and masonry requirements.
2012/2015 IBC & ASCE 7 – Bracing of Non-Structural Components (Half-Day)
Nonstructural damage has historically accounted for 25-50% of the damage observed in recent earthquakes in the United States. This class will clarify what non-structural components are, what the code requires in regards to seismic restraint, and will discuss typical bracing schemes. A major portion of the discussion will revolve around what building departments should require during plan review and what they should be looking for in the field during inspections. Many jurisdictions are beginning to enforce this code requirement more stringently. The class will also discuss the difficulties that these jurisdictions have had, simple approaches to enforcement, and how to create a win-win scenario for the jurisdiction and the building owner.
2014 NEC Updates (1-Day)
This full-day course covers various code changes that have been made to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). The class includes changes to: definitions, general requirements, branch circuits, feeder conductors, outside branch circuits and feeders, service requirements, overcurrent protection, grounding and bonding, wiring methods and materials, equipment for general use, special equipment and systems.
2011/2014 NEC – Solar Photovoltaic Systems (1-Day)
This course is designed to help provide the essentials for a better understanding of how and where the codes address solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. This course will cover the fundamental code requirements of both residential and commercial PV systems. It is designed to start with the basics of Photovoltaic requirements and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Hands on example components will be presented to help explain some of the code requirements concerning PV systems. This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems.
2014 NEC – Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (1-Day)
This 8-hour course will focus on the various types of residential solar PV systems. The class will start with the basics of Photovoltaic systems and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Systems to be covered include micro inverter systems, string inverter systems, string inverter with DC to DC converter systems, and battery systems. Hands on example components will be presented to help explain some of the code requirements concerning PV systems. This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems. This full-day presentation is based on the 2014 NEC.
2014 NEC – Commercial Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (1-Day)
This 8-hour course will focus on the various types of commercial solar PV systems. The class will start with the basics of Photovoltaic systems and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Systems to be covered include string inverter systems, central inverter systems (large scale), and bipolar systems. This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems. This full-day presentation is based on the 2014 NEC.
2014 NEC – Solar PV Code Requirements Update Class (Half-Day)
This half-day (4 hour) course is designed to update the students on changes to solar photovoltaic (PV) requirements based on the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). This course will cover the major changes to solar PV systems including: article 690 definitions, general requirements, wire color designation, DC voltage allowance, disconnects, overcurrent protection, rapid shutdown of systems, wiring methods, grounding, and point of interconnection requirements.
2014 NEC – Solar PV Systems with Battery Backup (Half-Day)
This half-day (4 hour) course is designed to help students understand how battery systems are to be properly installed and will focus on the various 2014 NEC code requirements that govern battery-backup solar PV systems. The class will cover code requirements including battery types, battery enclosures, working space, disconnects, overcurrent protection, wiring methods, ventilation requirements, charge control, and signage.
2012/2015 IBC – Unusual Structures (1-Day)
The focus of this class will be to discuss several types of unusual structures that a building department may see from time to time. This seminar will discuss projects such as precast concrete sandwich panels, ICF systems, straw-bale construction, high-ropes courses, adobe construction, performance-based design, deep foundations, foundation improvement methods, rack-supported buildings, billboards, as well as other items. The class will focus on the structural requirements that should be reviewed to ensure life-safety provisions are met during the plan review phase as well as items to focus on during the inspection phase.
Emergency Response (Half-Day)
The intent of this class is to assist building departments in planning and preparing for response to natural disasters within their jurisdiction. While the lessons learned in this class can be used for any natural disaster, such as earthquakes, flooding, and high wind, the course will mainly follow the recommendations of ATC-20, “Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings”. Topics to be discussed include: planning considerations, needed equipment, rapid-visual-screening, requirements for placarding, specific items to look for based upon type of construction, geotechnical hazards, and nonstructural hazards. A real-life event will be used as an example of how a building department can respond to a disaster event.
The Future of Code Professionals (1-2 Hours)
This seminar discusses the future of code professional industry. While this is of concern nationally, this seminar uses data specific to the State of Utah and is meant for not only those currently working in Building Departments, but jurisdictional decision-makers as well as those interested in joining the profession. It will discuss the current and future needs of the profession as well as how to prepare for the future.
Cold Weather Construction (1-2 Hours)
This seminar discusses the specific cold weather construction limitations for masonry, concrete, ICF and stucco construction. Much of the time will be spent discussing some of the specific construction requirements that are not noted in the building code, but rather in referenced standards that are not always available to building departments. This is a great course for jurisdictions located in areas that are susceptible to cold weather.
Suspended Acoustical Ceilings (1-2 Hours)
The purpose of this class is to help plan reviewers, inspectors, and installers to understand the code requirements for suspended acoustical ceilings. The Uniform Building Code provided specific suspended ceiling requirements yet the IBC now references other codes and standards. This class will present the specific requirements of these referenced standards and will give clear and concise requirements for suspended ceilings. It also will discuss other items such as hard-lid ceiling systems, ceiling clouds, bracing of light fixtures, bracing of non-bearing partition walls, and approved seismic clips.