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June 2020

June Virtual Meeting: Past Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Ben Metcalf

June 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States + Google Map

Ben Metcalf is the managing director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was the director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2016-2019. He oversaw California's efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing and was a key player in the code adoption process, among other responsibilities. He will discuss the code adoption process, the cost that codes add to housing projects, and his work solving housing affordability challenges through policy,…

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July 2020

July Virtual Meeting: James Goodrum, Certified Arborist

July 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States + Google Map
$10

Major tree defects can be present in the most common large trees in the Bay Area, and arborist James Goodrum will have a slideshow to show some easy to use tools for inspectors to provide a level of risk rating for their reports, and when to recommend a follow-up an arborist for a more detailed inspection. 5:30pm - Login and Socialize - Join a few minutes early to sort out technical issues and chat with your fellow inspectors. 6:00pm -…

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August 2020

August Virtual Meeting: Emily Alvarez (BayREN) & John Shipman (Franklin Energy)

August 13, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

More now than ever, home buyers are interested in making their homes better for the environment, not to mention - power their electric vehicles. Home inspectors can play a critical role in educating buyers and directing them to possible rebate programs. Emily Alvarez of BayREN, and John Shipman of Franklin Energy will discuss rebate programs, certifications, and ancillary services that home inspectors can add to boost revenue. 5:30pm - Login and Socialize - Join a few minutes early to sort…

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September 2020

September Virtual Meeting: Forensic Plumbing Investigations with Mark Hunter

September 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

Home inspectors evaluate plumbing defects on every inspection. Sometimes the defects are easy to find, but some conditions can be almost possible to find or diagnose. Mark Hunter will have a presentation covering covering common plumbing defects and some of his forensic plumbing investigations. For example: chloramine degradation of EPDM rubber seals, dezincification of yellow brass valves, problematic PEX connections, and many more. 5:30pm – Login and Socialize – Join a few minutes early to sort out technical issues and chat with…

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October 2020

October Virtual Meeting: On Site Energy Production and Storage Systems with Douglas Hansen

October 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

California energy codes now require solar panels on new construction. Power outages have prompted home owners to install generators and energy storage systems. Becoming familiar with such systems will be important for California home inspectors in the coming years. Renowned code expert Douglas Hansen will cover PV systems, battery backups, generators, transfer switches, and EV charging stations. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of our nation's top electrical educators. 5:30pm – Login and Socialize – Join a few minutes early…

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November 2020

November Virtual Meeting: A History of Engineering Failures and Lessons Learned, with Joshua Kardon, SE

November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

Engineering is a profession with a rich history of innovations and failures. The profession has learned many lessons through scientific inquiries and investigations. Learn about some of the more historic engineering failures, and more importantly, what lessons were learned. 5:30pm – Login and Socialize – Join a few minutes early to sort out technical issues and chat with your fellow inspectors. 6:00pm – Pre-Meeting – Chapter president Paul Barraza will have a slideshow and discussion from a recent home inspection. (Attendees will earn an…

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January 2021

January Virtual Meeting: “Reach Codes” and the War Against Natural Gas with Lonnie Haughton, MCP

January 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

Multiple jurisdictions in the Bay Area recently have adopted ordinances that totally ban (or severely limit) the use of gas-fired equipment in new construction. Some of these cities and towns currently have targeted only new residential housing while they continue to study how to implement similar bans for new commercial buildings. The greatly differing approaches of example jurisdictions, including the cities of Berkeley and Richmond and the town of Windsor, to “reach” their visions of an all-electric future will be…

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February 2021

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

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
$10

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 sections of the California Title 24 Residential Standards for over ten years. He was on the residential ventilation standards committee since its inception. 5:30pm Login…

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March 2021

March Virtual Meeting: Applied Waterproofing Systems with Neal Goulding

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States + Google Map
$10

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 has been in business for over 35 years, and has a wealth of experience and knowledge about waterproofing.  5:30pm Login and Socialize Join a few…

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April 2021

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

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States + Google Map
$10

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 will discuss non-ductile concrete, retrofitting measures, and ordinances that could be coming to the Bay Area. 5:30pm Login and Socialize Join a few minutes early…

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