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NEW! Spring BSA-VT Training

posted Mar 9, 2018, 7:01 AM by admin 1   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 7:42 AM ]

 Please join us for :

2015 International Residential Code (IRC) Essentials

Wednesday, April 25, 2014
8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Chandler Arts Gallery, 2nd Floor -
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT 05060

PARKING UPDATE! - See pictures below; click to enlarge.

This 6-hour seminar examines basic concepts of the 2015 International Residential Code® (IRC®). These concepts provide a basis for the correct utilization of the code. A clear understanding of the identified requirements allows the code user to apply the IRC in specific situations and helps to build an understanding of the intent of the code when asked to make a judgment on code compliance. This course will also help the code user to correctly locate code requirements. It will also provide a basis for the correct use and application of the code as well as to begin to develop a procedure for applying them.

This course earns 6 AIA-HSW LUs.

 

PARKING UPDATE!



OBJECTIVES:

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

·         Explain the fundamental provisions of the 2015 IRC.

·         Locate general topics and applicable tables in the 2015 IRC.

·         Define terms essential for correct code interpretation.

·         Identify the code that relates to the design, construction or inspection of residential building.


SCHEDULE:

8:00 registration and chapter elections

8:30 start

10:30 10 min break

12:00 catered lunch

1:00 re-convene. Results from voting.

2:15 10 min break

3:30  finish


INSTRUCTOR:
Richard C. Truitt Sr. is Deputy Code Director for Harford (Md.) County. He administers programs for issuing, maintaining and controlling of licenses and permits required by the county. He has served Harford County since 1994 as a Plans Reviewer and also as the Chief Building Inspector. He is an Executive Board Member of the Code Council's Region 7. He has been a member of the Maryland Building Officials Association since 1989, including serving as President. The Governor of Maryland appointed him to the Maryland Rehabilitation Code Council and the Maryland Green Building Council.

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



PARKING UPDATE!

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Parking Area 1:
We are being allowed to use the back part of the church parking lot diagonally across from Chandler. This lot is between the Bethany Church and Vermont Conference for UCC. The "back" is anywhere after the large tree in the lot. Please do not park between Main St and the tree.  

Parking Area 2: The second location to park is in the public parking lot a little further down Main St, also to the right. It's a big open space by the Town Hall and post office. 


Parking Area 1:
Parking Area 2:


REGISTRATION:

$65 per person includes the full day of training, 6 CE credits, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year membership in the ICC Building Safety Association of Vermont!

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If you are not able to use your credit card or PayPal online, or if you have any questions, please call or email: Robert Dabrowski,  BSA-VT at 802-989-9363


May is Building Safety Month

posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:31 AM by admin 1   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 10:33 AM ]

April TrainingApril Meeting - TBD




"Building Codes Save Lives."

Download your Building Safety Month poster now! PDF or PDF for printer


May 1-5, 2018
Building Safety Month: Week One

May 6-12, 2018
Building Safety Month: Week Two

May 13-19, 2018
Building Safety Month: Week Three

May 20-26, 2018
Building Safety Month: Week Four

May 27-31, 2018
Building Safety Month: Week Five


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posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:20 AM by admin 1   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 10:35 AM ]


IBC Training January 24, 2018

posted Mar 31, 2017, 1:01 PM by admin 1   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 5:59 AM ]

**EVENT COMPLETED - THANKS FOR ATTENDING!**

Please join us for: 
2015 IBC SPECIAL INSPECTIONS IN VERMONT 
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018  (Weather Date: Jan. 25)               
 8:00am - 3:30pm    

Steak House Restaurant                                 
1239 US-302 
Barre-Montpelier Road
Berlin, VT

This seminar focuses on IBC Chapter 17 Special Inspections in Vermont. This chapter of the Vermont’s building code includes a Quality Assurance program which has evolved over the past 30 years as a response to numerous construction failures of the 70’s and 80’s.  The understanding of these requirements, their purpose, and their implementation has been slow in Vermont compared with other states, most notably states with higher seismic activity.  

Forensic study has shown the most common “Lessons Learned” from construction failures are the necessity for improved organization and communication among the project team during construction and the need for inspection during the installation of principal structural elements.   To this end, Chapter 17 Special Inspections codifies Quality Assurance an integral part of project delivery.

Four Vermont professionals with significant experience in structural design, special inspections, and code enforcement have joined together to teach this event specific to Vermont’s construction industry.

Specific Topics include:

  • Special Inspections in Vermont and Code Requirements

  • Duties and Responsibilities and Qualifications of Inspectors

  • Special Inspections of various materials including Soils, Concrete, Steel, Masonry, Precast Concrete, Wood, EIFS, and Fireproofing.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify Special Inspection Requirements for construction projects in Vermont;

  • Understand major code updates in the 2015 Edition related to Chapter 17, Special Inspections;

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of project team members to implement the Quality Assurance program including Special Inspections;

  • Understand the scope of Special Inspections for the various structural construction materials.

Schedule:

8:00    Registration opens

8:30    Speaker #1  

9:30    Break

9:40    Speaker #2  

10:40   Break

10:50   Speaker #3  

12:05   Lunch

12:35  Speaker #4   

1:50    Break

2:00    Round table; questions & answers  

3:30     Adjourn


PRESENTERS: 

Alan Brown, currently with SW Cole Engineering Inc, has more than 30 years of experience in field and laboratory inspection of construction materials, including soil, concrete, prestressed concrete, bituminous concrete, steel reinforcing, fireproofing, paint thickness gauging and non-destructive testing of metals.  Alan holds many certifications including Master of Special Inspections (ICC), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and Northeast Transportation Technician Certification Program (NETTCP). Alan is on the board of BuildSafe Vermont (local ICC chapter) and is the Chair for ICC’s Exam Development Committee for Structural Steel and Bolting and Fireproofing.


Hamilton (Ham) Hodgman, P.E., of Stevens & Associates PC has worked with Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing for 16 years and has a diverse work history in Civil, Structural, and Envelope Investigation/Design/Quality-Assurance.  The majority of his experience was in southeastern U.S. before relocating to New England in 2014.  As a former Certified Welding Inspector qualified in Non-Destructive Evaluation, his work evaluating the mechanical integrity of tanks, pipes, pressure vessels, machinery, coatings, welding/welder qualification, and works with steel fabrication QC programs has taken him to industrial facilities across the USA and a few abroad. Ham has been certified for the various inspection tasks through the ICC, ACI, API, NRMCA, AWS, ASNT-ACCP, PTI, NCDOT and perhaps a few other acronyms.  


Matthew (Matt) Lindhiem is currently the Building Engineer for the State of Vermont’s Division of Fire Safety. Matt has a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University and 16 years of structural engineering experience in private consulting and code enforcement.  Matt has experience with bridge design, rehabs for NYSDOT, municipality consulting, and precast concrete design, and structural (building) design. Matt has participated in updates of the Vermont Building and Fire Safety Code and is a member of the Vermont Urban Search and Rescue team. Matt served on the 2016 IBC Structural Code Development Committee for the 2018 IBC, IRC, and IEBC Codes.

Russ Miller-Johnson, P.E., of Engineering Ventures PC, has over 35 years’ experience in structural engineering design including lead engineer roles in management and execution of major projects.  He has significant experience in assessments, renovations, rehabilitations, additions, expansions, field inspection and construction engineering for all types of projects.  His work also includes performing quality assurance and peer reviews. Russ worked in many states and territories during the development and implementation of IBC Special Inspections. He is a currently an active member of the ASCE SEI Sustainability Committee and chairs their Thermal Bridging Working Group.



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





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