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

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

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…

$10

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

Virtual Zoom Meeting CA

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…

$10

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