February Virtual Meeting: HVAC Q&A with John Proctor, PE

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

Do you have HVAC or mechanical system questions? Don't miss out on this Q&A session where you can ask John Proctor, a nationally recognized expert in practical energy efficiency based on field studies and performance monitoring. He has recently retired from over 37 years as a contractor, building scientist, consultant, trainer, researcher, and has written…

$10

March Virtual Meeting: Applied Waterproofing Systems with Neal Goulding

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

Inspecting waterproofing systems over living areas is one of the critical areas of a property inspection, as even a minor leak can cause significant water related damage. There are many different types of products and systems, and it's important for inspectors to be familiar with them, and know what defects to look for. Neal Goulding…

$10

April Virtual Meeting: Non-Ductile Concrete with David Bonowitz, SE

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

Non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings, common in buildings from the 1970s and before, are prone to brittle behavior in parts of the building such as joints and columns. Local ordinances in Southern California are requiring retrofitting, and there are rumors that such ordinances are coming to Northern California in the near future. Structural Engineer David Bonowitz…

$10

May Virtual Meeting: Wildfire Codes & Home Hardening with Dr. Steve Quarles

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

Wildfires have caused significant damage and loss of life in recent years, and in 2020 over 4 million acres burned 10,000 structures were destroyed. The 2017 Tubbs Fire showed that such fires are not limited to forested mountain areas. Dr. Steve Quarles is an expert in the performance of buildings exposed to wildland fire and…

$10

June Virtual Meeting: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) with Kevin Casey

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

With the limited housing availability in the Bay Area, Accessory Dwelling Units, also known as ADUs, have become a popular way to infill housing in an urban environment. Many cities are encouraging building backyard "granny flats" and the California Residential Code even has a new appendix for Tiny Houses. With their growing popularity, it is…

$10

July Virtual Meeting: Deck Inspections & SB721 Review with Paul Barraza

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

Decks have become popular over the last few decades, and as many of the older decks begin to fail, the codes have been significantly updated in an effort to address common defects. In addition, many homeowners build decks because they assume it's an easy DIY project. Finally, you add corrosion issues from new pressure treated…

$10

August Virtual Meeting: Living in Home Assessments with Steve Weaver

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

With an aging population, that is more likely than previous generations to live at home, Living In Home Assessments could be a new auxiliary service for your home inspection business. "Living in Place" is the practice of making all homes accessible, healthy, safe, beautiful, regardless of age or needs. 5:30pm Login and Socialize Join a…

$10

Building Science Solutions for Wildfires, Floods, Covid-19 (and more) with Joe Lstiburek

Vitual Zoom Seminar

Finally, a building science seminar that focuses on West Coast issues. The seminar will cover a variety of west coast / coastal topics including: Crawl Spaces in Coastal Climates Both vented and unvented conditioned crawlspaces can work in coastal climates, in fact they can work in all climates, bit it is not obvious on how…

$195 – $215

October Virtual Meeting: Introduction to Residential HVAC design with Russ King

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

We inspect ducted heating systems on most inspections, but are we doing a good job inspecting the ducts? Sure, we are looking for disconnections and kinks, but there is much more to good duct installations. Mechanical Engineer Russ King will present on good duct installations, as well as his simplified approach for evaluating duct sizing.…

$10

November Dinner Meeting: Q&A with Engineer Thor Matteson

1410 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley 1410 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be meeting in the backyard of President Paul Barraza's house in Berkeley, and therefore the meeting will be weather dependent. If the weather does not cooperate, we will switch to a virtual format. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A critical part of a home inspection, is when to call for further evaluation by a structural…

$45