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Our Houston, Texas BPI is an annual 4 day program offering continuing education in the areas of: Code Enforcement, Energy, Fire Prevention, International Building Code, International Residential Code, National Electrical Code, Plumbing & Mechanical, Permit Tech, Texas Accessibility and TAS Academy.

HBPI2018-Matrix

Code Enforcement

Tuesday – AM
Safety and Awareness
We are all challenged by stress, routine job duties, mundane tasks and sometimes, complacency because we fall into patterns while performing our jobs. If your normal day goes bad are you prepared? Can you recognize potential dangers and navigate through them? Do you have the skills to deal with dangerous situations and go home that night? Safety and awareness and will give you the tools necessary to adapt and overcome the dangers that can arise when your “normal” day goes bad.
Instructor: Matthew Christianson – Texas Registered Code Enforcement Officer

Tuesday – PM
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Our perceptions, beliefs, fears or body language can create communication pathways or barriers. The way we communicate either creates an open dialog with those to whom we are speaking or it creates barriers and walls. As code enforcement professionals, it’s imperative that we have the skills to maneuver through the land mines when communicating with those under enforcement of the laws in our jurisdictions. Through effective conscious and subconscious communication styles we can create a positive outcome in a potentially negative or hostile situation.
Instructor: Matthew Christianson – Texas Registered Code Enforcement Officer

Wednesday – AM
Legal Aspects with 1 Hour of Legal Updates
Provides 1 hour of legal updates on code enforcement and covers topics such as traditional methods of code enforcement, legal tools available for code enforcement, liability of code and building officials/inspectors and constitutional constraints on code enforcement activities.
Instructor: Janet Spugnardi, J.D. – City of Irving

Wednesday – PM
Animal Behavior and Violators with Mental Issues
Animal Behavior | This class will help attendees to be able to identify, understand and respond to certain dog behavior while performing property inspections.
Violators with Mental Issues | This class will help to assist Code Officers to identify Zoning and IPMC (International Property Maintenance Code) regulations for rooming and boarding houses while being aware of potential hazards.
Instructor: Anthony Major – Austin Code Enforcement

Thursday – AM
1 Hour Legislative Update plus Legal Issues
This class will help attendees to understand how the law making process works. In addition, bring awareness to new laws and changes in current laws within the State of Texas that directly or indirectly affect Code officers and their responsibilities.
Instructor: Anthony Major – City of Austin Code Enforcement

Thursday – PM
Assisting Mobile Home Park Compliances and Officer’s Ethics
Assisting Mobile Home Park Compliances | This class will help attendees to identify the challenges of abating mobile home violations and how Code Officers can work with Mobile Home owners to assist with compliance.
Officer’s Ethics | This class will help Code Officer’s to better understand State Guide lines regarding Code Office’s authority according to Chapter 1952 of the State Occupational Code.
Instructor: Anthony Major – Austin Code Enforcement

Energy Code

Thursday – AM/PM
A Simplified Approach to Commercial Energy Plan Review and Inspection
This class will take the sometimes hard to understand commercial energy code requirements and put them into perspective, focusing on those code items that have the highest impact first. We’ll walk through ways to simplify the plan review and inspection process for energy code in commercial buildings, learning how to complete that work in the midst of our review and inspections to all of the other codes.
Instructor: Shaunna Mozingo – Colorado Code Consultant

Fire Protection Code

Monday – AM
Elevator Inspections for the Fire Official
When the State begins and ends their inspections and the Fire Departments take over. This seminar will help eliminate the confusion in who does what and develop a better understanding of the IFC requirements and the State’s role in the process.
Instructor: Jim Murnan – Chief Elevator Inspector Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Monday – PM
2015 IFC Fire Protection Systems
This seminar is designed to guide participants through the 2015 IFC requirements includes suppression, stand pipe, auto detection systems and fire protection assemblies.
Instructor: Kevin Scott – ICC instructor

Tuesday – AM/PM
Overview of Fire Alarm Provisions Based on the 2015 IBC, IFC, and NEFA 72, 2013 Edition
This course provides an overview of the latest safety provisions related to fire alarm, detection, signaling and emergency communication demands. The building and fire code requirements based on occupancy classification for automatic and manual systems and other scoping provisions related to fire alarms will be presented. This will be followed by coverage of NFPA 72 installation, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems and fire systems components. This will include the identification of alarm testing, maintenance of fire alarm systems and identification of fire alarm elements on building plans.
Instructor: Kevin Scott – ICC Instructor

International Building Code (IBC)
(All students need to bring their 2015 IBC)

Monday – AM/PM
2015 IBC Essentials
The seminar focuses on the basic concept of the 2015 IBC. 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 IBC in specific situations and help to build an understanding of the intent of the code when asked to make a judgment on code compliances.
Instructor: Roger Axel – ICC Instructor

Tuesday – AM/PM
2015 Fire and Life Safety Principles
This seminar addresses the critical concepts of the 2015 IBC regarding Fire and Life Safety issues. These concepts provide a basis for the correct use of the code in building planning, classifications of buildings and occupancies, fire resistance-related construction, fire protection systems and means of egress.
Instructor: Roger Axel – ICC Instructor

Wednesday – AM/PM
2015 IBC Care Facilities Provisions (Advanced)
This seminar will address provision of the 2015 IBC and standards related to care facilities such as medical care, custodial care, ambulatory care, and day care. The seminar will include a discussion on how the length of stay, number of care recipients, and degree of care and capability/incapability of self-preservation all relate to occupancy classification and code requirements.
Instructor: Roger Axel – ICC Instructor

Thursday – AM
Mixed Occupancies- 508 Provisions
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, Non-separated occupancies, Separated occupancies, Multi-story conditions.
Instructor: Roger Axel – ICC Instructor

Thursday – PM
2015 IBC Special Building Types and Features
An overview of selected provisions from the 2015 IBC (Chapter 4). This seminar focuses on several building types and features that have their own unique considerations.
Instructor: Roger Axel – ICC Instructor

International Residential Code (IRC)
(All students need to bring their 2015 IRC)

Monday – AM/PM
Overview of the 2015 IRC
This class provides an overview of the major provisions of the 2015 IRC. The presentation will include discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: building planning, foundations, floor, wall and roof construction, exterior wall Finishes, and roofing systems.
Instructor: Gil Rossmiller – Colorado Code Consultant

Tuesday – AM/PM
Overview of the 2015 IRC (Repeat)
This class provides an overview of the major provisions of the 2015 IRC. The presentation will include discussions of the provisions addressing the following issues: building planning, foundations, floor, wall and roof construction, exterior wall Finishes, and roofing systems.
Instructor: Gil Rossmiller – Colorado Code Consultant

Wednesday – AM
Common Framing
This class will cover conventional framing problems of the 2015 IRC. We will answer common framing contractor questions: “Why do I need to think about What the insulator needs?”, “What do you mean by the building thermal envelope?”, “Which is the wall and which is the ceiling… what kind of question is that??”
Instructor: Gil Rossmiller – Colorado Code Consultant

Wednesday – PM
2015 Residential Wood Wall Bracing of IRC Sec. R602.10
What is the difference between a braced wall line and a braced wall panel? Can you design a braced wall line anywhere? These and many other burning questions will be answered. We will cover the basic wall bracing with examples and simple problems.
Instructor: Gil Rossmiller – Colorado Code Consultant

Thursday – AM/PM
IRC Advanced Plan Review
This class will explore of the major provision of the 2015 IRC. The presentation will Include detailed discussions addressing the following issues: building planning (Chapter 3), spoils report, foundations, floor, wall and roof construction (Truss details), exterior wall finishes (Flashing/Water Resistive Barrier), Building Thermal Envelope (Energy) and HVAC design.
Instructor: Gil Rossmiller – Colorado Code Consultant

Mechanical Code

Monday – AM/PM
Residential Mechanical & Fuel Gas Code – 2015 IRC
Mechanical and Fuel Gas Inspections: This course will identify the most common code violations and numerous violations often overlooked by contractors and inspectors. Subjects covered includes heating and cooling appliance installation requirements and instructions, exhaust systems with a focus on range hoods and dryer vents, duct systems, combustion air, venting, boilers, gas piping systems, including CSST requirements. Includes a discussion on inspecting for compliance to ACCA Manuals J D & S. Presentation includes numerous photos from the field. Questions and discussion welcome.
Instructor: Brent Ursenbach – Energy/Mechanical Code Specialist

Tuesday – AM/PM
Commercial Mechanical Code- 2015 UMC/IMC
Morning session – Commercial Kitchens | An in-depth review of the requirements for commercial Kitchens, including: exhaust equipment, grease ducts, grease duct testing, shafts or grease duct enclosure systems, Type I & II Hoods, make-up air, fire suppression systems and the dangerous/hazardous conditions that may exist in commercial kitchens.
Afternoon Session – Fire Dampers | This class will identify the differences between, and application of fire, smoke, combination fire/smoke, ceiling radiation and corridor dampers. The discussion will include why and how air is moved through a building, air handling equipment and systems, definitions, and the application of dampers in shafts and rated assemblies. Questions and discussion welcome.
Instructor: Brent Ursenbach – Energy/Mechanical Code Specialist

Wednesday – AM/PM
2015 Commercial Mechanical Overview
A review of the definitions and general regulations in the mechanical codes. Discussion on the various mechanical systems including air handlers, RTU’s, heating and cooling systems, VAV, variable refrigerant flow and other zoning strategies. The application of heat and energy recovery systems, duct systems, chimneys, vents, boilers, and hydronic systems. Also, includes a discussion of the relationship and connection of mechanical codes with energy codes. Questions and discussion welcome.
Instructor: Brent Ursenbach – Energy/Mechanical Code Specialist

National Electrical Code

Monday – AM
2017 NEC Article 690 Solar Photovoltaic and Plan Review, Plus TDLR Law, Rule, and 70E.
This solar photovoltaic course starts with the plan review process on how to recognize the most common discrepancies that require revision associated with on-site inspection. Additional information includes building, fire, and electrical codes applicable to these installations. Attendees will be provided with plans that include site and electrical plans, manufacturers’ specification sheets, and installation instructions. Included is TDLR law, rules, and electrical safety NFPA 70E © for State of Texas electrical license renewal. TDLR Course # Pending
Instructor: Bill McGovern – Licensed Master Electrician State of Texas

Tuesday – AM/PM
Grounding and Bonding 2017 National Electrical Code Article 250. TDLR Electrical Law and Rules plus NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
This class is a basic to intermediate leave on the fundamentals and practices of grounding and bonding. Color illustrations and photos of real electrical installations, systems, and equipment will clarify the principles of grounding and bonding. This topic will also include grounding of services, transformers, feeder panels, and bonding of equipment, multiple building, and swimming pools. Included is TDLR law, rules, and electrical safety NFPA 70E © for State of Texas electrical license renewal. TDLR Course # Pending
Instructor: Bill McGovern – Texas Licensed Master Electrician

Wednesday – AM/PM
Service and Feeders Installations 2017 National Electrical Code Articles 230 and 225 TDLR Electrical Law and Rules plus 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
This workshop will start with the management of the number of services and feeders for a building or structure and address how many set of service-entrance conductors for multiple occupancies. The locations and grouping for service and feeder disconnects and the maximum number permitted. Clearances, wiring methods, overhead and underground location, guarding, marking and other equipment connected to the supply side of the service disconnect will also be discussed. Included is TDLR law, rules, and electrical safety NFPA 70E © for State of Texas electrical license renewal. TDLR Course # Pending
Instructor: Mark Ode – Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Thursday – AM/PM
Inspections of Motors and Transformer 2017 National Electrical Code Articles 430 and 450. TDLR Electrical Law and Rules plus NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
This seminar will offer the proper understanding and application of branch-circuit and feeder conductor sizing, short-circuit, ground-fault, and overload protection, disconnecting means and control for these types of electrical equipment. Other items will include the application and use of tables and tap rules to provide protection for motors and transformers. Included is TDLR law, rules, and electrical safety NFPA 70E © for State of Texas electrical license renewal. TDLR Course # Pending
Instructor: Mark Ode – Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Permit Technician Code

Monday – AM
Stress Management
We are stressed on every side, from finances, relationships, health, family to deadlines at work. Sometimes it appears there is no “light at the end of the tunnel”. But, Don’t lose hope! There are things we can do to manage life’s problems. We can learn what stresses us and how to eliminate those stressors and how to manage the things we can’t eliminate.
Instructor: Charles Foshee – F & H Consultants

Monday – PM
Customer Care
It takes a special person to excel in customer service, there are so many factors that can make us “average” employees do you want to go to the next level? Do you want to be the “best of the best?” Learn how to be the best Customer Care Representative…every day!
Instructor: Charles Foshee – F & H Consultants

Wednesday – AM/PM
Permit Technician Certification
This course will consist of the first portion of the Permit Technician certification. This consists of testing requirements, the permit counter, Basic Code Enforcement (BCD) – An Overview of Codes, BCE – Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement, BCE – Technical Aspects of Code Enforcement, and the Scope and Administration portion of the IBC. The ICC Permit Technician Study Companion is a good book to use for this course (Must be purchased separate from ICC).
Instructor: Frank C. Morris – Tri-State Consultants

Thursday – AM/PM
Permit Technician Certification
This course will consist of the second portion of the Permit Technician certification. This consists of Occupancy Classifications, Methods of Compliance, Types of Construction, Interior Environment, Work Problems, Scope and Administration of the IZC, Use Districts, General Zoning requirements, Nonconforming Structures & Uses, Conditional Uses, Planned Unit Developments, Signs, and Legal Aspects of Code Administration. The ICC Permit Technician Study Companion is a good book to use for this course (Must be purchased separate from ICC).
Instructor: Frank C. Morris – Tri-State Consultants

Plumbing Code

Thursday – AM/PM
IRC Inspections for the Combination Inspector
This course will give the students an overview of all the various parts of a Residential plumbing inspection. The class will start at the plumbing rough through the top out and final. It will also discuss proper venting and inspection of appliances.
Instructor: Mark Dunn – Chief Plumbing, Gas & Mechanical Inspector

Texas Accessibility Code

Tuesday – AM
TX Accessibility Academy – Day 1 of a Required 2 Day Course for RAS Certification
Day 1 of a 2-day course for Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS), architects, designers and building officials. This is a comprehensive study of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act (TABA), Administrative Rules and the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (2012 TAS). Attendees will receive general information about the TABA, Administrative Rules and the 2012 TAS, including participation in activities to reinforce technical content. The course is certified for 16-hours of RAS CEU’s. THIS IS AN 8 HOUR CLASS EACH DAY STARTING AT 8:00AM AND ENDING AT 5:00PM. TO RECEIVE CREDIT, ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH DAYS.
Instructors: Norman Kieke – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Crisi Cooper – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Wednesday – PM
TX Accessibility Academy – Day 2 of a Required 2 Day Course for RAS Certification
Day 2 of a 2-day course for Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS), architects, designers and building officials. This is a comprehensive study of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act (TABA), Administrative Rules and the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (2012 TAS). Attendees will receive general information about the TABA, Administrative Rules and the 2012 TAS, including participation in activities to reinforce technical content. The course is certified for 16-hours of RAS CEU’s. THIS IS AN 8 HOUR CLASS EACH DAY STARTING AT 8:00AM AND ENDING AT 5:00PM. TO RECEIVE CREDIT, ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH DAYS.
Instructors: Norman Kieke – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Crisi Cooper – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Texas Accessibility Standard

Monday – AM/PM
Understanding Texas Accessibility Standards
Overview of the TDLR, the state statute and rules, comparison of the Federal ADA and standards applicable to the design, construction and alteration of building/facilities. This course is certified for 4-hours of RAS CEU’s. Non-RAS’s welcome. NOTE: This is a 4-hour class starting at 8:00AM and ending at 12:00 Noon.
Instructors: Robert Posey – Program Manager Texas Dept Licensing and Regulations
Norman Kieke – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Crisi Cooper – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Monday – AM/PM
Applying Texas Accessibility
Overview of how the 2012 TAS is applied to certain situations that may be encountered in real life. This course can be used for the one-hour of self-reported barrier free AIA CEU requirements for Architects and 4-hours of RAS CEU’s. Non-RAS’s welcome. This is a 4-hour class starting at 1:00PM and ending at 5:00PM.
Instructors: Robert Posey – Program Manager Texas Dept Licensing and Regulations
Norman Kieke – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Crisi Cooper – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061-4142
713-645-3000

Group Name: 2018 Building Professional Institute
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The Building Professional Institute is sponsored by the Building Officials Association of Texas. All sessions are approved through the Preferred Provider Program.

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