Calendar

August 2018 – August 2019

Aug
1
Wed
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.

RENEW OR JOIN IN JUST TWO EASY STEPS!

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.

Oct
20
Sat
Decks and Balconies – A Three Part Presentation with Skip Walker @ MIG Conference Room
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Decks and Balconies – A Three Part Presentation with Skip Walker @ MIG Conference Room | Berkeley | California | United States

The tragic Berkeley balcony collapse in 2015 has led to significant code changes locally, and statewide. The Building Standards Commission issued an emergency order amending the 2016 California Building Code to improve deck and balcony safety, cities and local municipalities have enacted their own programs and ordinances requiring inspection and repair (when needed), and just last month Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 721, which requires an inspection of all exterior decks and balconies for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units by 2025. Please join us for an all-day seminar with Skip Walker.

Skip is an ICC Approved Instructor which means your seminar credits can be used to fulfill ICC’s requirement that 50% of your continuing education credits come from a Preferred Provider.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

MIG Conference Room
800 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710

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  • Approved for 8 ASHI CECs, 8 CREIA CECs, .8 ICC (Regular or Preferred Provider) CECs
  • Space is strictly limited. Early registration is strongly recommended.

Decks and Balconies – A Three Part Presentation with Skip Walker

Since the tragic balcony collapse on Kittredge St. in Berkeley California in 2015, Berkeley (and other municipalities) have required an inspection (and repair where needed) of elevated decks and balconies. Statewide, Governor Brown recently signed Senate Bill 721 requiring: “an inspection of exterior elevated elements and associated waterproofing elements, as defined, including decks and balconies, for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units”.

Golden Gate ASHI recognizes the significance and importance of this issue and is proud to sponsor a four-part presentation on balconies and decks by Skip Walker, a Master Inspector and co-author of the Code Check books. For our last session, a representative from Simpson Strong tie will discuss Simpson products commonly seen in deck and balcony construction, and their proper use and installation.

Skip is an ICC Approved Instructor which means your seminar credits can be used to fulfill ICC’s requirement that 50% of your continuing education credits come from a Preferred Provider.

Session 1– Balcony Codes Then and Now: Lessons Learned from Berkeley

Improperly maintained balconies pose a life safety hazard and understanding local ordinances, state law, and best practices for deck and balcony construction is paramount. Session 1 will cover:

  • Berkeley’s Exterior Elevated Elements (E3) Inspection Program
  • Senate Bill 721 (Requires inspections for buildings with 3 or more dwelling units)
  • How the new law directly affects home inspectors
  • Waterproofing and Ventilation (what’s required and best practices)
  • Flashing details (surfaces, doors and penetrations, such as those at guardrails)

Session 2 – Deck Inspection

NADRA (The North American Deck and Railing Association) is a leader in promoting deck and railing safety. Session 2 will cover:

  • Step-by-step deck inspections based on NADRA guidelines, and California code
  • Deck ledger attachment and code required tiebacks
  • Deck guardrail post attachments
  • Fastener and hardware- materials and installation

Session 3– Corrosion of Steel Hardware Caused by Pressure -Treated Lumber

Exterior decks are required to be built from naturally decay resistant lumber, or wood that’s been chemically treated to prevent decay. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals commonly used also cause accelerated corrosion of metal hardware and fasteners, which can result in life-safety hazards. Session 3 will cover:

  • Various types of chemical used in the treating of wood for exterior use
  • Ways to identify the type of treated wood and label interpretation
  • Case studies showing examples of excessive corrosion
  • What home inspector should look for in the field

Continuing Education Credits:

This seminar is approved for 8 ASHI CECs, 8 CREIA CECs, .8 ICC (Regular or Preferred Provider) CECs

Logistics and Lunch

Coffee, soda, water, pastries will be provided throughout the day.

There will be a mid-day break for lunch ‘on your own’. Several very good lunch options are just a short walk away at the Fourth Street business district in Berkeley.

GGASHI, GGCREIA, SV CREIA/ASHI, NB CREIA/ASHI and Westcon members: $195
General Public: $215

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Nov
8
Thu
Chapter Meeting: The SkinnyBrace: A Soft Story Bracing System @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapter Meeting:  The SkinnyBrace: A Soft Story Bracing System @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall | Berkeley | California | United States

Thor Matteson, S.E., will debut his new seismic retrofitting product: The “SkinnyBrace” Soft Story Bracing System. Thor Matteson is a licensed structural engineer who specializes in designing seismic retrofits for wood framed structures.  Mr. Matteson is also the author of two books: Earthquake Strengthening for Vulnerable Homes and Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction: An Illustrated Guide.  

 

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Meeting Location on Google Maps

Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

SkinnyBraces fill a need that their inventor, structural engineer Thor Matteson, S.E., saw for years: an efficient bracing method for vulnerable soft-story buildings that could fit into congested garages.

  1. What is a “SkinnyBrace“?
  2. Installation advantages
  3. Engineering advantages
  4. Test results
  5. Code evaluation report–how we got it, what it means
  6. Future improvements and further evaluation

“Our firm focuses exclusively on designing systems to strengthen your home or wood-framed apartment building to better resist earthquakes. We do not design decks, additions, bridges, or schools–only retrofits. We work with experienced contractors, and seek out their opinions and feedback on methods and materials. Our goal is to design the best strengthening system that your budget allows”.

Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:45 pm

Paul Barraza, GGASHI Past President, will follow up on Skip Walker’s recent seminar with a presentation on inspecting decks following the DCA-6 standards. This training is FREE to those attending the Chapter Education meeting.

  • Attendees earn one ASHI/CREIA CE.

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner from caterer extraordinaire, Traci Pendergast, will be

  • Local cheese with crostini
  • Lamb stracotta with olives and oranges
  • Sprouted rice risotto with winter squash
  • Arugula and fall fruit salad
  • Almond cardamom cake

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.
We regret we cannot accommodate ‘listeners only’. You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

Report Writing and Business Meeting — 6:45 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. Brian will also lead a discussion of member submitted comments on photos from the field focusing on clarity and Report Writing principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with pre-registration
  • $55 “at the door”

Registration fees paid in advance by credit card can be transferred to others with prior notice.

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Feb
14
Thu
Chapter Meeting: What is an Environmental Inspection? @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Feb 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapter Meeting:  What is an Environmental Inspection | Berkeley

The term environmental inspection encompasses a broad range of inspections from mold & moisture, sick building syndrome, EMF, pre-purchase inspections and much more.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Sarah deVito Brown, GGASHI member and inspector with GCIS in San Francisco, will give a presentation on Identification and Evaluation of Unreinforced Masonry Structures.

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, provides a report writing analysis using member-submitted comments on photos from the field focusing on clarity and principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

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

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by our caterer extraordinaire, Traci Pendergast.  Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

We regret we cannot accommodate ‘listeners only’.  You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

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

What is an Environmental Inspection?

Environmental inspector, Laurel Cain, will discuss, What is an Environmental Inspection?  The term environmental inspection encompasses a broad range of inspections from mold & moisture, sick building syndrome, EMF, pre-purchase inspections and much more. She will cover tools and techniques used and types of laboratory sampling employed.

Laurel Cain is an Environmental Inspector (CMI, LRCIA) with Healthy Building Science, Environmental Assessments & Green Building Consulting.  For the past decade Laurel has worked in the environmental field to reduce toxins, implementing sustainability certifications for building materials.

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration by 2/10/2019
  • $55 with registration after 2/10/2019, same-day registration, or ‘at the door’
  • Registrations after 2/10/2019 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 2/10/2019, you will be charged as the chapter will be charged for your meal.

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Mar
14
Thu
Odd Findings in Old Structures — Beware! @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Odd Findings in Old Structures -- Beware! @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Tracey Ansary Greenwell, President of Dynamic Construction Group, will discuss the some of the strange findings he has encountered during remodel projects, including the challenges that came with conversion of a decommissioned water tower to create a residence.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Seth Cherney, GGASHI member and Inspector with North Bay Home Inspections, will give a presentation on “Some Curiosities of North Bay Construction.”

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, provides a report writing analysis using member-submitted comments on photos from the field focusing on clarity and principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

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

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by caterer, Malika Henderson.  Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

We regret we cannot accommodate ‘listeners only’.  You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

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

Odd Findings in Old Structures

Tracey Ansary Greenwell, President of Dynamic Construction Group, will discuss the some of the strange findings he has encountered during remodel projects, including the challenges that came with conversion of a decommissioned water tower to create a residence.

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration by 3/12/2019
  • $55 same-day registration, or ‘at the door’
  • Same day or “at the door” DOES NOT INCLUDE DINNER (which is ordered in advance)
  • We are unable to accommodate attendees to ‘listen only’.  You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other dates as we pay for dinner in advance.  If you register and fail to cancel by 3/13/2019, you will be charged as the chapter will be charged for your meal.

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May
9
Thu
Chapter Meeting: Seismic & Structural @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapter Meeting:  Seismic & Structural Q&A @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall | Berkeley | California | United States

Brian Bouchard is the owner of Golden State Seismic and Structural, Inc.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, will moderate an open floor discussion of the Code Check Electrical book (8th Addition) which will be presented in it’s eBook format. This will be the first of a three-part Code Check review discussion.

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

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by our caterer extraordinaire, Malika Henderson

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

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

Seismic & Structural

Brian Bouchard is the owner of Golden State Seismic and Structural, Inc. Brian has been constructing foundations, drainage systems, and seismic retrofits for almost 20 years. He is also a long-time friend of Golden Gate ASHI and has attended several of our meetings.

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration
  • Registrations “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. 

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Jun
13
Thu
Chapter Meeting: Seismic Performance of Masonry Chimneys @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Bruce Maison, SE is a consulting engineer that has been practicing since 1983.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Eric Meyer, Chapter Treasurer, will lead an open floor discussion of the CodeCheck Building  (4th Addition) which will be presented in eBook format. This will be the second of a three-part CodeCheck review series.

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

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by our caterer extraordinaire, Malika Henderson

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

Please also note this venue has a strict “NO ALCOHOL” policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Comment Review  — 6:45 pm

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, provides a report writing analysis using member-submitted comments on photos from the field focusing on clarity and principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

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.

Brian Cogley, Chapter President, will introduce the new chapter officers for 2019-2021.

Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Seismic Performance of Masonry Chimneys

Structural engineer Bruce Maison will present the findings of the study he co-authored about the seismic performance of masonry chimneys. Convention wisdom says that they will all fail, but is that true? This presentation will give an in depth explanation of the different ways masonry chimneys can fail during seismic activity.

Bruce Maison, SE is a consulting engineer that has been practicing since 1983.

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration
  • Registrations “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.

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Jul
11
Thu
Chapter Meeting: Learn to Avoid Lawsuits and Legal Pitfalls @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gerald Carroll

Gerald Carroll is a trial lawyer with Burnham Brown, and has 27 years experience.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Brian Cogley, immediate past president, will give a presentation on interesting findings from recent inspections.

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by our caterer extraordinaire, Malika Henderson

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

Please also note this venue has a strict “NO ALCOHOL” policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Comment Review  — 6:45 pm

Brian Cogley, Past President, will provide a report writing analysis using member-submitted comments to improve clarity and the principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

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

Paul Barraza, Chapter President, will lead a short business meeting to cover chapter and ASHI business, committee reports, and upcoming educational opportunities.

Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Learn to Avoid Lawsuits and Legal Pitfalls

Gerald Carroll will discuss his work representing home inspectors, common contract issues, and insurance/risk management, followed by Q&A session to answer your questions.

Mr. Carroll is a trial lawyer with Burnham Brown, and has 27 years experience.

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration
  • Registrations “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.

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Aug
8
Thu
Chapter Meeting: Changes to the Plumbing and Mechanical Codes @ The Finnish Hall Cafe Room
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Skip Walker

Skip Walker is the owner of Walker Property Evaluation Services, and has been inspectiong since 2003. He is an ASHI ACI, CREIA MCI, and an ICC certified combination residential inspector.

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Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:50 pm

Paul Barraza, chapter president, will give a presentation on interesting findings from recent inspections.

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner will be prepared by our caterer extraordinaire, Malika Henderson

This Month: “Argentinian Grill”

  • Empanadas
  • Grilled and Sliced Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Grilled Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Spinach Salad
  • Alfajores

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.

Please also note this venue has a strict “NO ALCOHOL” policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Comment Review  — 6:45 pm

Brian Cogley, Past President, will provide a report writing analysis using member-submitted comments to improve clarity and the principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

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

Paul Barraza, Chapter President, will lead a short business meeting to cover chapter and ASHI business, committee reports, and upcoming educational opportunities.

Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Changes to the Plumbing and Mechanical Codes
–and–
CodeCheck Plumbing & Mechanical 5th Edition

Skip Walker, CodeCheck co-author, will discuss recent changes to the plumbing & mechanical codes, as well as the new CodeCheck Plumbing & Mechanical 5th Edition.

Skip Walker is the owner of Walker Property Evaluation Services, and has been inspectiong since 2003. He is an ASHI ACI, CREIA MCI, and an ICC certified combination residential inspector

Attendees earn one ASHI CE.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with registration
  • Registrations “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.

REGISTER NOW!