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Emory Rodgers

Emory RodgersIt 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.

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Engaging Code Officials Early Streamlines the Building Process

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.

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DHCD Welcomes New Staff

The Division of Building and Fire Regulation (BFR) welcomes three new members to the team:

NG9A4959Holly 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 holly.squares@dhcd.virginia.gov.


NG9A4962Terry 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 terry.steen@dhcd.virginia.gov


Casey picCasey 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 casey.littlefield@dhcd.virginia.gov.

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JPVBCA is pleased to announce the Train the Trainer graduating class of 2017!

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.

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VBCOA 2017 Annual Conference

The 88th annual Virginia Building and Code Officials Association conference was held on October 14-17th in Virginia Beach with an attendance of 237, the largest conference in several years.  The education program offered a variety of enriching and informative sessions on topics ranging from leadership development to residential elevator inspection as well as the added bonus of a bus trip arranged for members to the Board of Housing meeting in Richmond VA on Monday to participate in and watch the final approval of the 2015 Virginia Codes.   Other educational highlights included a presentation by the host of the popular television show Hoarders, Matt Paxton, who presented on “understanding hoarding”.

At the General Membership meeting on Monday, October 16, new officers were elected for the upcoming year.  Those elected were:  Gregg Fields from the city of Alexandria serving as the new president, Pete Mensinger also from Alexandria, moved to first vice president with Jimmy Moss from Grayson County as the second vice president. Joining the board this year as the Sargent of Arms is Matt Westheimer from the city of Williamsburg. The officers were sworn in at Monday evening’s banquet by ICC Board member and DHCD Deputy Director Cindy Davis.  During the installation of officers, immediate Past President, David Beahm was presented with a limited edition ICC medallion in recognition of his service as President of VBCOA.

From L to R: David Beahm, Matt Westheimer, Jimmy Moss, Pete Mensinger and Gregg Fields

The keynote speaker for the banquet was Mr. Andy Mueck, Vice President of Operations for the National Industries for the Blind (NIB).  Prior to his position at NIB Mr. Mueck served in a number of leadership roles with experience in both strategic and operational levels for both the Defense Department and corporate environments.  Of note is that Mr. Mueck was a childhood friend of incoming President Gregg Fields and his keynote speech was organized as a special surprise for him!

The banquet Monday evening culminated with a number of VBCOA members being recognized for their contributions to the industry or the organization.

  • Jack A Proctor Meritorious Service Award – was awarded to Richard Bartell, former Building Official from Hanover County
  • Public Service Award – was awarded to former VBCOA Executive Director Mary Jo Fields;
  • Citizen’s Award – was awarded to Matt Paxton, entrepreneur, owner of Legacy Navigators, Inc and host of Hoarders
  • President’s Award – was awarded to Mike Eutsey from Hanover County.

Congratulations to the new officers, the award recipients and to VBCOA for a successful conference!


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JPVBCA 2018 Training Now Open for Registration

The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) just released it’s 2018 training schedule.  All classes are posted and open for registration on the VBCA On-Line Registration System. To meet the demand the VBCA has increased the Core offerings from four to six times a year. Core will run once every eight to 10 weeks with classes offered twice in each semester location. In addition the VBCA is pleased to announce its newest certification class, Elevator Inspection, to the permanent schedule. This three-day class is specific to those seeking certification as an elevator inspector however is open to all  looking to increase their knowledge of this area. For more information on this or any other class please contact the VBCA office at VBCA@dhcd.virginia.gov or visit the On-Line Registration System at  https://dmz1.dhcd.virginia.gov/BFR/Main/LogOn.aspx



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ICC launches new cloud based testing – PRONTO

PRONTO enables candidates to take tests securely any time of day

 The International Code Council (ICC) recently unveiled a new cloud-based testing system, Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO), which enables candidates to take ICC certification exams at their convenience on their home or office computer.

In the past, test takers had to travel to approved locations for certification exams. The new cloud-based system allows users to take proctored ICC certification exams on their own computer at home, in an office or at another secure location of their choice. This system will supplement the brick and mortar computer-based exam sites and paper-and-pencil testing that were the only options previously available.

PRONTO also allows users to immediately see their exam results. ICC currently has 23 exams available online with plans for additional offerings in the future. Click here to learn more about PRONTO.

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