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Webinar Coming Up: Design of Shelf Angles for Masonry Veneers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
11 a.m.-noon

Anchored masonry veneer wall systems are commonly used throughout North America in residential, commercial and institutional construction. These exterior masonry veneers are non-load-bearing and are usually assumed to be little more than an exterior finish of building envelope. Using prescriptive design methods, masonry veneer can be supported vertically by foundations for heights less than 30 feet, or supported by the building frame for taller structures. The purpose of this presentation will to present a design methodology for the vertical support of masonry veneers under the current building code provisions, especially in light of the increasing cavity width being specified for higher prescriptive insulation levels. The course is encouraged for architects, engineers, building code officials, general contractors, masons and MAMA members. Continuing Education Credit Hours will be provided. Certificates after completion of the course. The course is free to attend.

W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, PE, FASTM Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering University of Louisville

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Masonry Association (MAMA)
To register or for more information, click here: Webinar – Design of Shelf Angles for Masonry Veneers.

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NEMA Guidance for Hurricane Hermine

Torrential rains and widespread flooding are expected throughout Virginia as a result of Hurricane Hermine.  The storm is expected to continue moving northeasterly throughout the day with impacts from the storm continuing through next Wednesday.  Power outages and downed power lines should be expected.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has the information and resources you can rely on before, during and after a storm.  This includes tips for preparing your home and workplace, electrical safety during a storm and guidance on restoring your electrical systems affected by wind, rain or flooding.  Be prepared, have a plan, and stay informed.  

NEMA’s Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

NEMA’s After the Storm Strategies

NEMA’s Guidance on Downed Power Lines

NEMA’s Disaster Recovery Guidance

NEMA Evaluation Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

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ICC Call for Committees

ICC-HeaderimageICC is accepting applications for various opening in the governing committees for each of the six membership councils. In addition to the existing membership councils, there is a special call for a new council that will be known as the Emerging Leaders Membership Council. This council will focus on the needs of the next generation of code professionals, focusing on communication and interaction preferences methods.  More information can be found at http://www.iccsafe.org/membership/councils-committees/call-for-councils-and-committees/.

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Introducing the Snap Series

JackP_VBCAThe Jack A Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy has announce its newest online training, the Snap Series. The Snap Series are free, short  and interactive training courses offered through the VBCA Knowledge Center on topics of interest or relevance regarding code, code enforcement, code administration or subjects trending in the industry today. All Snap Series trainings qualify for DHCD continuing education and may qualify for ICC preferred-provider continuing education credit.

As with all the courses on the VBCA Knowledge Center, you can complete a Snap Series program during a time and location convenient to you, and they are available to anyone who is registered on the VBCA Knowledge Center website. After logging in, simply enter “Snap Series” or enter the name of the course in the search field at the top right of the page.

Forgot your user ID or password? Simply click the “Forgot Login ID” or “Forgot Password” link to have that information emailed to you.

New to the VBCA Knowledge Center? Click the “Register” button at the top of the page.

For more information or for help with the Knowledge Center, contact the Virginia Building Code Academy office at vbca@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7180.

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Virginia Rehabilitation Code Technical Training

On May 11-13, the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (JPVBCA) conducted the dry run of its three-day Virginia Rehabilitation Code Technical Training. An invited panel of code experts representing a variety of localities from across the state attended as students and evaluators while our anticipated instructional team taught the class for the first time.  The valuable feedback gleaned from the process is already being incorporated into the program for delivery to a live audience at the course pilot on June 28-30.  DHCD is going to great lengths to ensure the program is accurate, engaging and applicable for code officials and plan reviewers, as well as others in Virginia’s code enforcement community.  JPVBCA is very excited to release this program into its ongoing training schedule with seats available in the November class. For more information or to register, visit thttps://dmz1.dhcd.virginia.gov/TASO/TASOMain/Logon.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fTASO%2fTASOTCO%2fDefault.aspx.

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Now Available – Expanded Opportunity for Certification Reinstatement

ICC-HeaderimageStarting in February 2016, individuals with certifications that have expired more than six years ago can reinstate their certifications without the need to retest. Expired certifications initially issued by ICC or the legacy organizations, including ICBO, BOCA, SBCCI andCABO, are eligible for reinstatement.

You can complete an application now for certifications issued by ICC or certifications issued by a legacy organization. For questions, check out the most frequently asked questions at Reinstatement Program FAQs.

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2016 JPVBCA Annual Instructor Event

class photo The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (JPVBCA) held its annual instructor professional development day on March 18. More than 60 instructors attended this year’s event and were treated to a day filled with professional development designed to further their skills as instructors and mentors. Training sessions included:

  • It’s not What you Know, it’s What They Learn with Joyce Major
  • Teaching with Style with Tracy Fitzgerald and Charlotte Carter
  • Instructor Mentorship/Instructors Guide with Rajan Engh

JJ White, from Dale Carnegie Training, inspired the instructors with an interactive keynote on leveraging their own knowledge to motivate others.

In addition, JPVBCA was extremely proud to recognize an outstanding instructional team for the 2015 academy year, as well as three individuals who have made a significant impact on the academy each in their own way. Cindy Davis, DHCD’s deputy director for building and fire regulations, presided over the awards.

FoxDelmar Fox, recently retired from Front Royal, was recognized for his many years of dedication to the academy and for his instruction and curriculum development. Fox started his instructor career in 2007 and has been an instructor ever since teaching building inspection classes, as well as participating in curriculum updates. The success of the building inspection classes is in part due to Fox’s contributions as an instructor.

Jim Moore, from Fairfax County, was recognized for his many years of dedication to instruction and curriculum development. Moore instructs the plumbing inspection and code change trainings, mentors new instructors and sits on curriculum development and revisions committees. Although Moore is one of the academy’s quieter instructors, his knowledge and expertise is loud and clear. Our students and the JPVBCA staff will miss him as he prepares to retire this year.

Emory Rodgers, former DHCD deputy director, was honored for his many years of guidance and support of JPVBCA, its staff and students. Under Rodgers direction, the academy initiated many innovate ideas in development and delivery, increased its staffing level and emoryfurther enhanced its professional reputation as a valued and recognized training leader in code enforcement industry. The academy staff and instructors welcome his continued relationship with the academy through his curriculum development involvement.

The Amusement Device Inspection Instructional Team, formed in 2008, was honored for their commitment to the delivery of a comprehensive and skills based program, efforts to teach the students the art of amusement device inspection and their dedication to serve on development technical and code change work groups. In addition to instructing for JPVBCA, they also are senior instructors for one the national associations which value their expertise almost as much we do. The instructional team members are:

ADI teamMike Dellinger – Shenandoah County
Brian Gentilini – Hanover County
Neil Holland – Roanoke City
Casey Littlefield – Hanover County
Andy Marchetti – Hanover County

This year’s day of professional development and recognition was a huge success and JPVBCA’s staff wishes all of its instructors a wonderful year ahead. To view pictures from the event, click here.

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