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New Date!- IBC Training- Wednesday, June 28th

posted Mar 31, 2017, 1:01 PM by admin 1   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

EVENT COMPLETED - THANKS FOR ATTENDING!

Please join us for: 
TWO 2015 IBC TRAINING SESSIONS: 
(1) FIRE RISKS OF INTERIOR FINISHES  and 
(2) USE OF FIRE AND SMOKE SEPARATIONS  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017               
 8:00am - 3:30pm    

Three Stallion Inn                                    
665 Stock Farm Road
Randolph, VT

Two aspects of the International Building Code that are a source of confusion are (1) requirements for interior finishes and foam plastics and (2) the use of fire and smoke separations. This year we have Doug Thornburg, a popular teacher with the International Code Council, returning to spend three hours on each subject.
2015 IBC FIRE RISKS OF INTERIOR FINISHES
– 3 hours 

Focused primarily on Chapter 8, this seminar addresses the allowances and limitations of various finish materials of floors, walls and ceilings. In addition, the provisions dealing with the use of foam plastic insulation are examined in detail. The discussion includes the review of a number of test standards applicable to various finish conditions. 

Specific topics include:
  • Test standards applicable to interior finish materials
  • Wall and ceiling finishes
  • Textile wall and ceiling coverings
  • Direct, set-out and furred construction methods
  • Floor finishes
  • Decorative materials and trim
  • Foam plastics defined 
Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion, participants will be better able to:
     
  • List the hazards associated with interior finishes, decorative materials, and trims.
  • Explain the differences in terminology.
  • List the various options for providing increased flame resistance.
  • Identify appropriate tests used to determine the safety of interior finishes.
  • 2015 IBC USE OF FIRE AND SMOKE SEPARATIONS  – 3 hours 

    This seminar identifies the many and varied conditions identified in the IBC where fire and/or smoke separations are required. The discussion will focus on those required locations where fire-resistance-rated wall and horizontal assemblies, as well as smoke-resistive wall and horizontal assemblies are either required by the IBC or utilized by design professionals as alternative approaches to code compliance. Such locations include the selective or mandated use of fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers, horizontal assemblies and other separation elements. 

    Specific topics include: 
    • Separated occupancies
    • Control areas
    • Incidental use areas
    • Institutional and residential occupancies
    • Exitways
    • Smoke compartments
    • Fire areas
    • Separate buildings
    • Shaft enclosures
    Learning Objectives: 
      Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the general types of fire and smoke separators.
  • Identify those specific components that make up the fire and smoke separations. 
  • Determine where separations are required. 
  • Determine where separations are permitted as alternatives to other requirements.
  • Annual Meeting & Dinner - May 19th

    posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:01 AM by admin 1   [ updated May 20, 2016, 7:52 AM ]

    Open to all members of the Building Safety Association of Vermont!

    EVENT COMPLETED - THANKS FOR ATTENDING!

    J.Morgans Steakhouse
    100 State Street, Montpelier

    Thursday, May 19th   -  Drinks 5:00 pm  -  Dinner 5:30 pm

    Membership in the chapter is automatic for any participant in this past year's BSA-VT training events. Please join the chapter's board of directors for a casual gathering - combining a bit of chapter business and review, sharing ideas on our future plans, and some no-agenda social time.

    Cost & Registration
    Dinner: Flat $15.00 per person, including gratuity
    Cash Bar
    To register in advance, click on the "Buy Now" button below. 
    Payment can be made by credit card or through a PayPal account.

    Event Completed - Registration closed


    Alternately, if you want to attend, but pay by check please email Sandy Vitzthum  at vitzthum@sover.net to help us plan our space requirements.

    IBC Training - Wednesday, April 20th

    posted Feb 8, 2016, 8:32 AM by admin 1   [ updated May 4, 2016, 1:15 PM ]

    ** EVENT COMPLETED - THANK YOU for ATTENDING **
    Open this News Brief page, then: 
    Click here for IBC - Mixed Occupancies presentation slides
    OR
    Click here for Inspection -floors, ceilings, roofs presentation slides


    Please join us for:
     
    2015 IBC TRAINING:  MIXED OCCUPANCIES &  FIRE RESISTANT FLOORS, CEILINGS & ROOFS  
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016               
     8:00am - 3:30pm

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Three+Stallion+Inn,+665+Stock+Farm+Rd,+Randolph,+VT+05060,+United+States/@43.9328093,-72.6389057,4908m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m3!3m2!1s0x4cb521708f606493:0x8b4441b6fdd75365!2sThree+Stallion+Inn!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cb521708f606493:0x8b4441b6fdd75365!2m2!1d-72.646944!2d43.920937?hl=en
    Three Stallion Inn                                    
    665 Stock Farm Road
    Randolph, VT

    Two aspects of the International Building Code that are a source of confusion are (1) mixed occupancy requirements and (2) the construction protection of horizontal assemblies such as floors, ceilings, and roofs. This year we have Doug Thornburg, a popular teacher with the International Code Council, returning to spend three hours on each subject.
    2015 MIXED OCCUPANCIES – 3 hours 

    Based on the provisions of IBC Section 508, this seminar addresses those special requirements applicable to buildings containing two or more occupancy classifications. The three mixed-occupancy options are presented along with examples and exercises that illustrate the proper application of the provisions. Specific topics include:
  • Occupancy classification
  • Mixed occupancy conditions
  • Accessory occupancies
  • Nonseparated occupancies
  • Separated occupancies
  • Multi-story conditions
  • Learning Objectives: 
    Upon completion, participants will be better able to:
         
  • Define the concept for addressing mixed-occupancy buildings
  • Identify the three options that are available for regulating mixed-occupancy buildings
  • Describe the relationship of occupancy classification, allowable height, allowable area and occupancy separation to mixed-occupancy buildings
  • Identify incidental uses and understand how they differ from mixed-occupancy conditions
  • 2015 IBC FIRE-RESISTANT RATED FLOORS, CEILINGS & ROOFS  – 3 hours 

    IBC Chapter 7 addresses the construction and protection of rated horizontal assemblies, including the differences between floor, floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies, as well as the protection requirements for penetrations, joint systems, ducts and air transfer openings in each of the separate elements. Additional discussion will look at the test standards used to evaluate the assembly and protection systems and how those protection systems are limited or could be compromised if not installed as tested.  
    Learning Objectives: 
      Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify requirements of chapter 7 related to the construction and protection of rated horizontal assemblies.
  • Describe the differences between floor, floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies. 
  • Describe the protection requirements for penetrations, joint systems, ducts and air transfer openings in each of the separate elements. 
  • Discuss test standards used to evaluate the assembly and protection systems and how those protection systems are limited or could be compromised if not installed as tested.
  • 2015 CBES Expanded Training January 27th

    posted Dec 9, 2015, 12:14 PM by admin 1   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 9:46 AM ]

    ** EVENT COMPLETED - THANK YOU for ATTENDING **
    Open this News Brief page, then: 
    OR

    Please join us for:
    EXPANDED TRAINING ON VERMONT'S 
    2015 COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016  


    8:00am - 3:30pm  
    (Weather Day January 28th*) 


    Three Stallion Inn 
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Three+Stallion+Inn,+665+Stock+Farm+Rd,+Randolph,+VT+05060,+United+States/@43.9328093,-72.6389057,4908m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m3!3m2!1s0x4cb521708f606493:0x8b4441b6fdd75365!2sThree+Stallion+Inn!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cb521708f606493:0x8b4441b6fdd75365!2m2!1d-72.646944!2d43.920937?hl=en

    665 Stock Farm Road 

    Randolph, VT  05060 
     

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    This in-depth training session promises to be informative and practical. The course will start with a review of the 2015 CBES and its significant changes from the 2011 code and move into identifying in each section of the code best practices to meet the requirements. Project examples will be used to share alternate approaches and invite discussion on the intent of the code language, recent and expected changes, and attendees’ experiences. The new Stretch Guideline and its application for Act 250 projects will be covered as well as available software tools, including COMcheck and Efficiency Vermont’s Lighting Power Density (LPD) tool, for demonstrating code compliance.  The day will wrap up with two final segments: certification requirements and an overview of Efficiency Vermont services for new construction projects.

    Specific code topics or questions in advance are welcome and encouraged.  Project/code solutions are also invited for discussion at the workshop.

    Please use  THIS FORM (link removed)
    to provide your advance input


    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    Upon completion, participants will be better able to:
    §  Understand and apply the requirements of 2015 CBES
    §  Use COMcheck and other software tools to show CBES compliance
    §  Apply best energy efficiency practices to meet CBES
    §  Understand CBES certification, compliance
    §  Use Efficiency Vermont's services to identify and achieve project energy goals
    §  Understand the Stretch Guideline and when/where it will apply


    SCHEDULE:  
    8:00    Registration
    8:30    2015 CBES and How to Meet
    10:00  15 min break
    10:15  Examples & Best Practices
    12:00  Lunch
    12:30  Stretch Guideline & Act 250 
     2:00   15 min break
     2:15   Certification; EVT services
     3:30   Adjourn
    1:15   Compliance Tools, incl. COMcheck 

    Expanded Training: 2015 VT CBES

    posted Nov 3, 2015, 6:22 AM by admin 1   [ updated Nov 13, 2015, 11:20 AM ]

    Save the Date!!
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (weather date Jan. 28)
    An expanded, full-day workshop on the 2015 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) is now scheduled, with the final venue location to be determined shortly (planned for central Vermont, such as Barre or Randolph).
    The agenda will include a review of key section updates, practical "how-to" examples, the new "stretch" guidelines, and the certification process. 
    DETAILS to FOLLOW!

    2015 RBES Expanded Training October 28th

    posted Oct 1, 2015, 12:11 PM by admin 1   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 10:23 AM ]


    ** EVENT COMPLETED - THANK YOU For ATTENDING **
    --- Open this News Brief page, then Click here for presentation slides----

    Please join us for:
    EXPANDED TRAINING ON VERMONT'S 
    2015 RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS

    Wednesday, October 28th
    8:00am - 3:30pm

    Three Stallion Inn
    665 Stock Farm Road
    Randolph, VT

    http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/energy_efficiency/rbes
    DESCRIPTION:
    This in-depth training session promises to be informative and practical. The course will start with a review of the 2015 RBES and its significant changes from the 2011 code, then move to an overview and instruction on how to use the free software tool, REScheck to show compliance with RBES.  The next part of the session will be spent looking at key situations (wall sections, ventilation, etc.) and reviewing current best practice and building science for both new construction and retrofits. There will also be a discussion of the new "Stretch" code, towns' growing role in compliance certification, and what services Efficiency Vermont provides. The day's session will end with a quick overview of Vermont's other requirements for single family homes (smoke/fire detection, etc). 

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    Upon completion, participants will be better able to:
    • Understand the requirements of RBES and apply them to projects;
    • Follow and use the simplified "packages;"
    • Use REScheck software for more complicated projects;
    • Design & construct key parts of buildings for energy efficiency;
    • Apply best energy efficiency practices to renovations;
    • Understand new paperwork Vermont's towns are required to use for certification;
    • Use Efficiency Vermont's services for a range of construction projects; 
    • Understand the basics of the Stretch Code now in place in Vermont;
    • Understand and apply Vermont's requirements for single family homes.
    PRESENTER: 
    Dave Keefe, an energy consultant with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, has 30 years of experience making Vermont homes perform better. He has taught extensively on Vermont's residential energy codes, energy efficiency, and best practices, including numerous courses on the 2011 and 2015 code updates for builders, architects, homeowners, and all others involved with residential construction. He also provides ongoing support to the building community handling day-to-day inquiries received through the Energy Code Assistance Center.

    SCHEDULE: 
    8:00    Registration
    8:30    2015 RBES and REScheck software
    10:30  15 min break
    10:45   Building Science & Best Practices
    12:45   Lunch
    1:15     Towns' new responsibilities; EVT services; Stretch code.
    2:15    15 min break
    2:30     Presentation from Department of Fire Safety on requirements for single family homes
    3:30     Adjourn

     
    CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: 
    6 LU's for AIA (with HSW)

    REGISTRATION
    Registration is $35 and includes the full day of training, 6 CE credits, continental breakfast, lunch and a one-year membership in the ICC Building Safety Association of Vermont!

    Event Completed (at full capacity) - Registration is closed.

    If you would like to be added to a waiting list, in case any seats become available due to cancellation, or if you have any questions, please call or email: Sandra Vitzthum, BSA-VT at 802-223-1806.


    To Register, select your category from the drop-down menu, then click on “Buy Now”.

    Registration Closed

    Online Registration Link Removed
    Please Call 802-223-1806 if interested in attending.

    Note:
    Limited to 40 participants





    Welch Recognizes Building Safety Month & BSA-VT

    posted May 4, 2015, 12:51 PM by admin 1   [ updated May 4, 2015, 12:59 PM ]

    Congressman Peter Welch submitted comments to the US Congress recognizing May as Building Safety Month and the extensive effort of many building officials, professionals and organizations that contribute to advancing safety, efficiency, and resiliency across our built environment.

    Welch also made note of ICC's leadership in developing and publishing model codes as well as the work of BSA-VT, including President Glenn Moore in his home state of Vermont.

    The full statement of Rep.Welch's remarks are attached to this news brief below (open this item - click on the title - if you don't see the link).

    Annual Meeting & Dinner - May 13, 2015

    posted May 4, 2015, 12:02 PM by admin 1   [ updated May 20, 2015, 8:18 AM ]

    Please join BSA-VT members and the Board of Directors at this year's annual dinner meeting:

    WHERE: J Morgan's Steakhouse, Capital Plaza Hotel
                    100 State St., Montpelier
    WHEN:     Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 - 8:30pm
    -----REGISTER BELOW! (event completed)-----

    BSA-VT's annual meeting and banquet are open to everyone who has attended a BSA-VT training event.  ICC Regional representatives Bill Nash and Rob Drexler will update the chapter with national news and swear in officers. The general theme this year is contractor licensure in Vermont, pros and cons.

    BSA-VT is happy to pay for half of each member's meal. To keep things simple, we ask each member to pre-register and pay $15 using the "Buy Now" button here:


    Registration Closed - EVENT COMPLETED 

    There will be four dinner choices (can select at the event):

    1. NY strip steak, 
    2. VT maple ginger salmon
    3. Chicken with ham & cheese
    4. Capellini with or without shrimp. 

    All meals come with salad, tea/coffee, and soda.   Drinks from the bar are not included.

    2015 IBC Training Scheduled for April 22

    posted Feb 12, 2015, 12:32 PM by admin 1   [ updated May 4, 2015, 11:27 AM ]

    REGISTRATION CLOSED - Event Completed (at full capacity)
    Join Douglas Thornburg, Vice President of Education and Certification for the International Code Council (ICC), for an in-depth discussion of the 2015 IBC.  This edition will soon be incorporated by the State of Vermont into our building codes.  Builders, inspectors, designers, engineers, developers, suppliers, and government officials should all find this event useful in their work.

    Significant Changes in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
    8:30 am - 3:45 pm 
    Vermont Technical College - 'Old Schoolhouse' 
    Randolph, VT
    This course earns 6 AIA-HSW LUs.
    All participants in the workshop will receive complimentary membership in BSA-VT.

    OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be better able to:

    • Identify the most significant differences between the 2012 IBC and the 2015 IBC. 
    • Explain the differences between the current and previous edition. 
    • Identify key changes in organization and code requirements. 
    • Identify the applicability of design, plan review and inspection requirements.

    INSTRUCTOR

    Douglas W. Thornburg, AIA, CBO, provides administrative and technical leadership for the ICC education and certification programs.  Prior to employment with ICC in 2004, Doug spent nine years as a code consultant and educator on buildings codes.  Formerly Vice President of Education for the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), Doug continues to develop and present building code seminars nationally and has developed numerous educational texts and resource materials.  He was presented with ICC's inaugural Educator of the Year Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding contributions in education and training.  A graduate of Kansas State University and a registered architect, Doug has over 34 years of experience in building code training and administration.  He has authored a number of code-related support publications, including the IBC Handbook and the Significant Changes to the IBC.

     

    SCHEDULE

    8:00 registration

    8:30 start

    10:30 15 min break and chapter elections

    12:30 lunch (at the VTC cafeteria, price included in fee)

    1:30 re-convene. Results from voting.

    3:45  finish


    REGISTRATION -CLOSED - Event Completed
    $60 per person includes the full day of training, 6 continuing education credits, continental breakfast, lunch and a one-year membership in the ICC Building Safety Association of Vermont!

    This event is now at full capacity and we are not able to accept further registrations.

    If you would like to be added to a waiting list, in case any seats become available due to cancellation, or if you have any questions, please call or email: Sandra Vitzthum, BSA-VT at 802-223-1806.

    DIRECTIONS
    Old Schoolhouse at VTC - At intersection of S. Randolph Rd. & E. Bethel Rd.
    Click here for directions

     

    46 E Randolph Cmns

     


    2014 Vermont Electric Safety Rules - posted

    posted Oct 15, 2014, 2:23 PM by admin 1

    To download this document or see other Vermont Adopted Codes and Standards, visit the Division of Fire Safety website.

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