August – September 2018

2018-2019: Join GGASHI or Renew your Membership!
Aug 1 @ 12:15 am – Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm

Building your business requires good education and marketing to real estate professionals and the general public. Golden Gate ASHI, a chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors, is a group of some of the most experienced inspectors in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will provide you fantastic educational and networking opportunities!

NOTE: The membership year runs 9/1/18 — 8/31/19, and membership renewal is due by 9/15/18 to avoid late fees or reinstatement fees.


1) Click here to complete the application.

2) Click here to make your payment. Membership dues are $165.00 for the year.

Please note that your membership application/renewal is NOT complete until you have BOTH completed the application and submitted your payment.

Chapter Meeting: Assessing Rental Safety @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapter Meeting:  Assessing Rental Safety @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall | Berkeley | California | United States

An informative view into the world of a municipal rental safety code enforcement inspector and the codes and standards that govern the practice.  Bring your questions for this rare opportunity to see another side of the inspection world!


Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, will discuss findings from a recent inspection.  He will also provide a report writing analysis associated with home inspection deficiencies.

  • This training is FREE to those attending the Chapter business and education meeting. Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Dinner — 6:45 pm

We suggest arriving early to ensure dinner availability. WE RESERVE DINNER IN ADVANCE. Registrations received after 8/6/2018 will NOT include dinner. We also cannot accept cancellations or postponements after 8/6/2018.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.  Please also note this venue has a strict “NO ALCOHOL” policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Chapter Business Meeting  — 7:00 to 7:45 pm

Chapter President, Brian Cogley, presides as chapter members discuss Chapter news as well as local and national home inspection matters. This meeting is open to all (including non-members) and guests are welcome with questions, or to simply learn more about the home inspection profession.

Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

“Assessing Rental Safety”

Jay Marlette is a Past President of Golden Gate ASHI and more recently is also working as a Building Inspector I (Code Enforcement) for the City of El Cerrito.  The City of El Cerrito requires that all its rentals are safe and sanitary.  Property owners are required to have a rental inspection performed by the City of El Cerrito and to perform any repairs identified by the city inspector.  The basis for these repairs are found in the International Property Maintenance Code, which has been adopted by the City of El Cerrito, and the California Health and Safety Code.  Once the property passes the Owner is issued a certificate of compliance, which is good for two years.

Jay is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker and understands the needs of the home inspector.  Come with your questions!

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration by 8/6/2018
  • $55 with registration after 8/6/2018, same-day registration, or ‘at the door’
  • Registrations after 8/6/2018 or “at the door” DO NOT INCLUDE DINNER
  • We are unable to accommodate attendees to ‘listen only’.  You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable to other dates as we pay for dinner in advance.  If you register and fail to cancel by 8/6/2018, you will be charged as the chapter will be charged for your meal.


“Complex Topics in Home Inspection” with Michael Casey @ MIG Conference Room
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
"Complex Topics in Home Inspection" with Michael Casey @ MIG Conference Room | Berkeley | California | United States

Attendees last year LOVED Michael Casey and we have him back with Four New Topics! An engaging, fun, and highly respected speaker Michael Casey will address How NOT to get sued, New Plumbing Codes and Components, Roofing and the NAHB life-expectancy study, and Hydronic Heating systems.


  • Approved for 8 ASHI CEC’s
  • Approved for 8 CREIA CEC’s
  • Space is strictly limited. Early registration is strongly recommended.

Michael Casey, ACI, MCI is the principal of Michael Casey & Associates; a consulting firm based in San Diego. Mike is past president of the California Real Estate Inspection Association and the American Society of Home Inspectors. He is a multi-code certified by the ICC and IAPMO and a licensed general, plumbing and mechanical contractor in several states. Besides co-authoring several books in the Code Check series and authoring the booklet and smartphone APP Code History Master, Michael has authored numerous other books, has taught home and building inspection nationwide, and has an expert witness and claims consulting practice throughout North America since 1987. Mike has inspected over 10,000 buildings in his over 30-year career in the inspection profession, and has been a consultant or expert regarding hundreds of claims for both claimants and defendants. Mike will be presenting on four diverse and informative topics: SESSION #1: TOP 20 WAYS HOME INSPECTORS GET SUED Our opening session is a rare opportunity to learn what home inspectors most often get sued for, and how to avoid those lawsuits. Mike has been retained as an expert or consultant on over 800 inspector cases and this session is a no-brainer if you want to stay out of court. Specifics include:

  • Report writing and risk management
  • Inspection agreements and contracts
  • Inspection protocols to reduce risk
  • Record keeping
  • Nomenclature specific to various residential inspector claims issues

Upon completion of this session, students will be more knowledgeable regarding the best practices for risk management, improvements in record keeping and communication with their clients, and have solid answers to their risk management questions. SESSION #2:  NEW PLUMBING CODES AND COMPONENTS Mike will cover various newer plumbing products, their function with respect to intended performance, and evidences of failures or improper installations. Actual case studies will be reviewed. Emphasis will be on the importance of keeping up to date with all systems to be a cutting edge inspector. Specifics include:

  • Nomenclature specific to various newer plumbing systems from PEX to disappearing urinals and their relation to Home Inspection
  • Identifying these newer products
  • Identify Modalities and evidences of failure
  • Common “defects” and recognition

Upon completion, students will be more knowledgeable regarding the fundamental function of various newer plumbing products and application to residential inspection. Students will also be more knowledgeable regarding the appropriate conditions observed that warrant recommendation of further analysis. SESSION #3:  ROOFING  This session will cover roof covering materials commonly encountered during home inspections, identification and life expectancies based upon the NAHB useful life study. Photos will be presented to demonstrate and reinforce attendee learning retention. Some specifics include:

  • Common roof covering types used in North America
  • Common installation practices
  • Inspection techniques
  • Estimation of age and remaining useful life

Upon completion of this class, students will be familiar with the various common roof covering material types, installation, defects and estimation of useful life. SESSION #4:  HYDRONIC & STEAM HEATING SYSTEMS This session will cover hydronic heating systems such as steam boilers and hot water boilers in an easy to understand format. Seasoned inspectors typically know the basic items, but what are the specific component names and functions? What can be done to reduce noise in steam heating systems? Specifics include:

  • Learn to easily distinguish “Steam” vs. “Hot water” systems
  • Fundamentals of inspection standards of practice
  • Improper modifications
  • Common failures with respect to improper use or installation
  • Just plain stupid installations
  • Case study review

Upon completion of this session, students will be more knowledgeable regarding the installation, inspection and evaluation of steam and hot water boilers and the various related systems and components with application to residential inspection. Students will also be more knowledgeable regarding the appropriate conditions observed that warrant recommendation of further analysis. Coffee, Pastries, Snacks and Drinks throughout the Day Lunch: Lunch “on your own” with several great places just a short walk away:  Restaurant guide (walking distance from the venue) Fee:

  • $195.00 GGASHI, GGCREIA, SV CREIA/ASHI, NB CREIA/ASHI and Westcon members
  • $215.00 General Public


Additional Info:
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