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Our Houston, Texas BPI is an annual three day program offering continuing education sessions in the areas of: Building Code, Residential Code, Texas Accessibility, Plumbing and Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, Code Enforcement, Permit Technician, and Special Topics on Modular Construction and International Existing Building Code.

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TWO COURSE FORMATS
Choose from Live In-Person Sessions and Live Online Streaming Sessions

Full day | 8:00am-4:00pm (with 1 hour on-site lunch provided)
and Half Day | 8:00am-11:30am or 12:30pm-4:00pm
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration closes February 21 for in-person sessions. You may register for an online session until the day that class starts. There will be no on-site event registration.

  • LIVE In-Person Sessions – In-Person classes will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport in Houston, TX. Coffee will be available by 7:30am and lunch will be provided on-site. You do not need to check-in at the event, but a registration desk will be available for questions. Sign-in rosters will be passed around in the classroom for documenting attendance (which is mandatory to receive a certificate). Plus you’ll have the opportunity to visit our Exhibitor Showcase during breaks and lunch.
  • LIVE Online Streaming Sessions – Live virtual courses via ZOOM. Log-in instructions will be emailed upon registration, along with reminder emails 1 week prior and 1 day prior. If you do not receive email instructions, please call 817-682-8256 or email houston@bpi-tx.com prior to the event. Make sure to have ZOOM installed and tested. The JOIN link will be available 30 minutes prior to class starting. Online time is monitored to receive a certificate.

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Building Code Sessions

Monday AM
2021 IBC Update and Significant Changes
Reviews the changes from the last edition to the current edition of the International Building Code. The background behind many of the changes will be discussed to provide the participant with an understanding of the intent of the changes and how to apply it to their everyday work. Subjects covered in the class will include the code change process, mixed occupancies, atriums, accessible means of egress and many more.
Instructor: Bill Clayton – Shums Coda Associates

Monday PM
2021 IBC Fire Stopping and Joint Systems
This seminar will focus on the different types of fire-resistant rated assemblies and systems required by the International Building Code. Resources on identifying different fire stopping and joint systems will be discussed. The seminar will also discuss the plan review and inspection of such assemblies and systems.
Instructor: Bill Clayton – Shums Coda Associates

Tuesday AM/PM
2021 IBC Means of Egress
This class is a basic overview of the means of egress requirements included in Chapter 10 of the IBC. The presentation will include detailed discussions on the design of the means of egress in buildings. Subjects included in the class are the three parts of the means of egress including occupant loads, egress width, number of exits, travel distance, common path of egress travel and exit enclosures. Practical examples will be used to illustrate code requirements.
Instructor: Bill Clayton – Shums Coda Associates

Wednesday AM/PM
2021 IBC Multifamily Construction
Overview of the requirements for multi- family dwellings in the International Building Code. Type V-A construction may be the most difficult type of construction to build a structure by. This seminar discusses the design, construction and inspection of Group R-2 occupancies including, building planning, fire-resistive rated construction, fire protection requirements and means of egress requirements.
Instructor: Bill Clayton – Shums Coda Associates

Residential Code Sessions

Monday AM/PM
2021 IRC “The Backbone” Building and Planning Basics (Chapter 3)
This full day session will cover IRC Chapter 3, Building Planning, sets up a compilation of code requirements that are specific to the building planning sector of the design and construction process. The provisions address a wide variety of issues important to designing a building that is both safe and usable. Without a broad workable knowledge of this chapter, it will be impossible to construct one- & two-family dwelling units and Townhomes. This course is applicable to all aspects of the design, construction, regulatory community, including contractors and design professionals.
Instructor: Russell Thornburg – Thornburg Code Services

Tuesday AM
2021 IRC Review – Chapters 4-6 (Part 1)
This session will cover the building planning section, chapters 4-6, will be reviewed with detailed explanations and illustrations of required floor and wall construction and wall covering assembly. This course will be of interest to contractors, building inspectors, plan reviewers, architects, and design professionals. Topics covered:

  • Building and inspecting the most common footings and foundation walls
  • Main types of floor assemblies
  • Review three of the four types of floor assemblies: wood floor framing, wood floors on the ground, and concrete slabs on the ground
  • Review structural integrity of wall construction
  • Review designs and construction of interior and exterior wall designs

Instructor: Russell Thornburg – Thornburg Code Services

Tuesday PM
2021 IRC Roof Construction and Assemblies Review – Chapters 7-10 (Part 2)
This session is a complete review of Chapters 7-10, wall covering, roof-ceiling constructions, and roof assemblies. Along with engineered designs and light-frame construction methods. This course will be of interest to contractors, building inspectors, plan reviewers, architects, and design professionals. Topics covered:

  • Review designs and construction of interior and exterior wall designs
  • Construction methods from the top plate to the ridge
  • Review construction methods of continuous load path
  • Review Wood Truss Council Association (WTCA)
  • Review roof covering construction materials
  • Overview of chimney and fireplace requirements

Instructor: Russell Thornburg – Thornburg Code Services

Wednesday AM/PM
Residential portion of the 2021 IECC, Including How to Use RESCheck
This session will dive into the residential portions of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code and how they impact construction of one and two family dwellings and townhomes. Course will include how to read, review and use RESCheck for residential projects.
Instructor: Frank Morris – Tri-State Consultants

Plumbing and Mechanical Code Sessions

Monday AM/PM
2021 IRC Mechanical Inspections
This full day session will cover mechanical installation and inspection based on the 2021 IRC Mechanical provisions.
Instructor: Roel “Roy” Garcia – RVG Code Experts & Consulting

Tuesday AM/PM
2024 Plumbing Continuing Education
This session is approved for TSBPE continuing education and will cover: State of the industry; Remote Inspections; IPC Fixtures, Faucets, and fixture fittings; Water conservation/Alternate Supplies; IFGC Ch. 4 Gas Piping Installation; and Fatal Four Revisited.
Instructor: Scott Winn – ICC

Wednesday AM
2021 UMC Chapter 6 – Duct Systems
This half-day session will cover the duct systems as addressed in the code. It is intended to address the commercial side of installation and inspection of duct systems.
Instructor: Roel “Roy” Garcia – RVG Code Experts & Consulting

Wednesday PM
Installation of Flex Duct
This half-day session is intended to cover the aspects of installation and inspection of flex ducts.
Instructor: Roel “Roy” Garcia – RVG Code Experts & Consulting

Electrical Sessions

Tuesday AM/PM
2023 NEC Significant Changes (and TDLR law for Texas Electrical License)
This program will take an in-depth look into some of the more important changes to the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC). The seminar will consist primarily of material developed for the IAEI’s Analysis of Changes-2023 NEC textbook. This seminar will cover the top 50 or so changes including new articles, new definitions and their new location in the NEC, dwelling unit kitchen countertop receptacle requirements, equipotential bonding of splash pads, permitted 10 ampere branch circuits at dwelling units, working space about electrical equipment, new GFCI requirement for appliances, new exception for rapid shutdown of PV systems, load calculations for EV charging systems, and much more. If you are an installer or an inspector, it is critical that you stay informed on the upcoming changes to the latest edition of the NEC so you can perform your duties at optimum levels. This seminar has been recognized and approved by TDLR for meeting your continuing education requirement in renewing your State of Texas electrical license.
Instructor: Keith Lofland – Electrical Consultant

Wednesday AM/PM
2020 NEC IAEI’s One- and Two-family Dwelling (Residential) Electrical Systems (and TDLR Law for Texas Electrical License)
This seminar is particularly helpful and valuable for inspectors, contractors, electricians, and students. This seminar will assist attendees in learning to make more accurate, thorough, and safe installations and inspections of electrical installations at one- and two-family dwelling units. The seminar is based on a comprehensive IAEI book of the same name that explains in clear, concise language the installation, design, and inspections of electrical systems in dwelling units. Both NEC and IRC requirements are referenced in this IAEI book (not included). This program has been developed for those who are involved in the design, installation and inspection of electrical systems in new and existing one- and two-family dwellings. Safety standards, manufacturers’ instructions, OHM’S Law and basic electrical theory are covered in detail as they pertain to the overall application of the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and the electrical requirements of the International Residential Code®. This course is designed to cover the general requirement and wiring methods as they apply to one- and two-family dwelling electrical systems. This includes branch circuit and feeder calculations, grounding, services, swimming pools, overcurrent protection and devices.
Instructor: Keith Lofland – Electrical Consultant

Code Enforcement Sessions

Monday AM
Rental Registration Programs
This half day session will teach the participants of the importance of a rental registration program, how to effectively implement the program, and depicts the do’s and don’ts of the implementation of the rental registration program.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Monday PM
Increasing the Credibility of Inspectors
This course sheds light on the importance of moral and ethical enforcement. It offers strategies of building trust in our communities as well as highlights effective decision making based on specific criteria that helps keep inspectors from liability when working in the community.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Tuesday AM
Nuisance Abatement of Properties
This course references the necessity of nuisance abatement and how they impact your city. It also identifies strategic difficulties in conjunction with the securing of properties via board ups and other methods.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Tuesday PM
Code Enforcement Mental Health Strategies
This half day session is designed to help you identify mental health issues and gives you the tools to make safe decisions on the factors identified while conducting inspections. This is a scenario-based training.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Wednesday AM
Key Performance Indicators – Why Measures Matter
This half day session demonstrates the importance of gathering data to determine the effectiveness of the department, the impact that you have in your community, the impact to your budgeting process and staffing. This class gives both managers and inspectors the ability to discern why data collection is vitally important.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Wednesday PM
Generational Code Enforcement – Including Legislative Updates
This half day session delves into the comparative and contrasting elements of the various generations of the workforce. It gives strategies on how we can gather a better understanding of each generation to promote a healthy working environment.
Instructor: Kelvin Beene – Code Performance Consultants

Permit Technician Sessions

Monday AM/PM
Beginning Your Career as a Permit Technician
This session will cover the needed knowledge to be a successful permit technician or building inspection front counter employee. It will provide information on front counter operation, duties of a permit tech as well as what happens once a permit application is received. It will also cover plans and records that the permit tech should understand.
Instructor: Frank Morris – Tri-State Consultants

Wednesday AM
Permit Technician Certification Exam Prep
This half day session will provide guidance and help for those planning or even thinking about taking the ICC Permit Technician Certification Examination. It will cover the basics of the books necessary for the examination as well as test taking strategies.
Instructor: Russell Thornburg – Thornburg Code Services

Wednesday PM
Building Industry (builders/trades) Vocabulary (using house plans) for Permit Techs
This half-day session is intended to provide insight into what builders, plumbers, electricians, etc. are saying when they call in for inspections or are wanted to talk about their plans. This will help office staff understand and help them ensure that the right inspection is being requested or they are getting the correct information to staff.
Instructor: Russell Thornburg – Thornburg Code Services

Texas Accessibility Sessions

Monday AM/PM
Understanding and Applying Texas Accessibility Standards
This course is an overview of 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 also an overview of the 2012 TAS applied to common situations encountered in real life. This course can be used for the one hour of self-reported barrier free AIA CEU requirements for Architects and 8 hours of RAS CEUs. Non-RAS are welcome.
Instructor: Marsha Godeaux & Jonathan Sparks – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Tuesday AM/PM
Texas Accessibility Academy (Day 1)
This is 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 full 2-day course is certified for 16-hours of RAS CEUs. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH DAYS.
Instructor: Marsha Godeaux & Jonathan Sparks – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Wednesday AM/PM
Texas Accessibility Academy (Day 2)
This is 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 full 2-day course is certified for 16-hours of RAS CEUs. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH DAYS.
Instructor: Marsha Godeaux & Jonathan Sparks – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Special Topics

Monday AM
Modular Construction in Your Community CLASS CANCELLED

Tuesday AM/PM
2021 IEBC Flexibility of Using the IEBC
This session is intended to provide a comprehensive look at how using the IEBC can provide benefit and flexibility during planning, plan review, construction and inspection of existing structures.
Instructor: Frank Morris – Tri-State Consultants

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061-4142
713-645-3000
Reservation deadline is Feb 14th

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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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