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February 2020

February Dinner Meeting: Wildfire Codes with Dr. Steve Quarles

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Truitt & White Conference Room, 1817 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States
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$45

Wildfires have caused significant damage and loss of life in recent years, and 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 the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. Dr. Quarles will have a presentation covering the codes so you can help your clients be wildfire smart. 5:30pm Pre-Meeting Brian Cogley, will have a slideshow and discussion about conditions that are…

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March 2020

March Dinner Meeting: Garage Door Backups with Joe Hetzel of DASMA

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Truitt & White Conference Room, 1817 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States
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$45

Senate Bill 969 now requires battery backup on automatic garage door openers when a garage door or opener are replaced. The bill comes in response to the wildfires which saw at least 5 people die inside their garages due to becoming trapped in the 2017 fire season. Learn how these systems work, and how to properly inspect them and the garage doors. 5:30pm Pre-Meeting David Pagano will have a presentation on using a drone in the home inspection business. Learn about…

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Seminar: 2019 Building & Electrical Code Changes with Douglas Hansen & Skip Walker

March 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Truitt & White Conference Room, 1817 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States
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$160 – $180

***REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY*** There are numerous changes to the building and electrical codes that went into effect in January. These include significant changes for decks, smoke alarms, crawlspace ventilation, stairs and guards, insulation, accessory dwelling units, and more. Electrical code changes include expanded requirements for GFCIs, electric vehicles, mandatory PV systems, receptacle locations, switching, and more. This seminar will be interactive, and offers an opportunity to hear directly from two of the most knowledgeable…

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April 2020

April Virtual Meeting: Inspection Walkthrough with Bret Butler

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States
FREE

***Golden Gate ASHI will hold it's first ever virtual chapter meeting due to the Covid-19 outbreak and Shelter in Place restrictions.*** Chapter member Bret Butler, will have a slideshow and discussion about a recent inspection. (Attendees who stay for the entire meeting will earn an ASHI CE) GGASHI April Virtual Meeting To register for the meeting, please email infoggashi.com  to get virtual meeting login information.    

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May 2020

May Virtual Meeting: New Smoke Alarm Standards with Skip Walker

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting CA United States

Beginning in January 2020, the biggest change in the UL 217 smoke alarm standard since its inception in the 1970s goes into effect. For the first time, UL 217 will use polyurethane foam for the flaming and smoldering tests. Skip Walker will take a look at the historical issues with the previous generation of smoke alarms and fire death statistics. Skip Walker, is an ASHI Certified Inspector, a CREIA Master Inspector, an ICC Certified Combination Residential Building Inspector, an ICC Certified…

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June 2020

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

June 11 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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