Free Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials
The PV Online Training course covers major topics of concern for field inspection and expedited permitting through seven online training modules. Topics include: Roof Mounted Arrays and Wire Management Electrical for Roof and Ground Mounted Arrays Specifics of Ground Mounted Arrays Appropriate Signage Equipment Ratings Expedited Permitting
Upon completion of the course, with passing scores on the lesson assessment quizzes, students can apply for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). Click here for additional information.
KONE recently identified a potential electrical shock risk with certain KONE TravelMaster escalators. KONE is proactively communicating this issue to technicians, the union, AHJs, service providers and others in the industry while it works to resolve the matter.
Click here to view a copy of the KONE Safety Alert.
|Excerpt from KONE’s Safety Alert (Click link above for complete information):
KONE Escalator: Potential electrical shock risk
Work SAFER! – KONE TravelMaster 110 units with Auto-Oiler option have a wire that connects to a single controller terminal that may be “hot/live,” even though the main electrical disconnect is placed in the “OFF” position; service technicians must switch off circuit breaker when servicing units to stop electricity
KONE TravelMaster™ 110 (TM110) escalators manufactured since May 2017 are equipped with an electric Auto-Oiler option. With this option, even though the main electrical disconnect is placed in the “OFF” position, 220 AC live voltage bypasses the electrical disconnect.
This also applies to TM110 escalators manufactured between January 2011 to April 2017, however a 110 AC live voltage bypasses the electrical disconnect when the main electrical disconnect is placed in the “OFF” position.
This design presents a potential electric shock risk to service technicians.
Required corrective actions:
To reduce the risk of shock, technicians must switch off the auto oiler circuit breaker to eliminate the live voltage running through the controller. By March 16, a retrofit kit will be available to help remedy to this potential risk. A notice will be provided to authorities having jurisdiction, the IUEC and other service providers. Moreover, KONE will be reaching out to equipment owners to complete this retrofit as soon as possible.
Should you have questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact Divya Mehta, Senior Counsel for KONE Americas, at email@example.com or 630-955-4405.
It is with sadness that we share the passing of one of our industry’s great leaders. Emory Rodgers passed away on March 8, 2018 leaving behind a community that will feel his absence for some time to come. Emory’s dedication and enthusiasm for the code, the work, and the people will continue inspire all of us to be the leader and the mentor he was each and every day.
Visitation will be Monday evening at the Found and Sons Funeral Chapel in Fredericksburg and Services will be Tuesday morning. More details to follow.
A recent article in Retrofit online magazine shines the spotlight on early involvement of the building department and code officials in the economic development process. A recent white paper produced by the National Council on Building Codes and Standards at the National Institute for Building Sciences challenges that model and looks at shifting the paradigm. The white paper offers suggestions, addresses potential challenges and includes a draft agenda for communities to reference when setting up initiation meetings with teams beginning new projects.
The article states, “Many communities are adopting customer-service focused models to engage with their citizens. The code department can and should serve as an example of a customer-centered municipal function, while maintaining its mission of assuring community safety. The code department’s charge of ensuring health, safety and welfare is synonymous with community growth, development and prosperity”.
The full article and link to the white paper can be found here.
The Division of Building and Fire Regulation (BFR) welcomes three new members to the team:
Holly Squares recently joined BFR as the new Administrative Assistant. Holly will provide administrative support to the Deputy Director and other BFR staff and will be the primary contact for amusement device inspection stickers. Prior to joining DHCD, Holly was involved in Reporting and Data Analysis for Claims Administration at the firm of BrownGreer, PLC and brings decades of customer service expertise. Holly can be reached at (804) 371-7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terry Steen recently joined the State Building Codes Office (SBCO) as a Senior Construction Inspector II and will be involved in the code development process as well as the Manufactured Housing program. Terry previously worked as an Electrical Reviewer with the Department of General Services in the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management (BCOM). He is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license with over 6 years of experience in code enforcement. Terry can be reached at (804) 371-7182 or email@example.com
Casey Littlefield recently joined the SBCO as a Senior Construction Inspector II and will be involved in the code development process as well as the Industrialized Building program. Prior to joining DHCD, he was a Senior Plan Reviewer and Chief Electrical Inspector for Hanover County with 10 years of experience in code enforcement, plan review and inspections. He is a Master Electrician and has his Master Code Professional (MCP) designation through ICC. He is also a lead instructor for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (JPVBCA). Casey can be reached at (804) 371-7175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) has recently concluded its 2017 Train the Trainer program and we want to share our excitement in growing the VBCA instructor team.
Twelve individuals from various localities and affiliations were selected to participate based on identified subject needs as well as recommendations from subject matter experts or code officials. The students completed five days of intense classroom training, followed by organized practice sessions and a final presentation in front of a panel of code and training experts. Each student demonstrated tremendous dedication through many volunteered hours of instruction, practice, and evaluation.
Each new graduating instructor brings a unique style and personality to their facilitation, and we look forward to including them on instructional teams in upcoming courses. You will start to see our new instructors in action beginning early in 2018.
VBCA Instructor Graduates from L to R: Anthony McMahan-Fairfax, Dustin McLehaney-Chesterfield, Allen Turner-James City, Catherine Lunsford-Fairfax, Elrdige Reynard-Newport News, Scott Verbel-Fairfax, RG Fuller-Roanoke County, Dave Settle-International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 10, Neil Holland-City of Roanoke, Dennis Hart-Fairfax, Paula Johnson-Prince William County and Charlie Black-Prince William County
Please join us in congratulating these outstanding code officials as they join the JPVBCA instructional or facilitation teams!
The JPVBCA schedule of classes is posted, and open for registration. Visit the On-Line Registration System for more information.