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Green Code Hearings - April 23, 2014

Group C Committee Action Hearings Begin Sunday


The 2014 Group C Committee Action Hearings begin Sunday, April 27, and continue through Saturday, May 3, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. The hearings offer Code Council Members and others in the construction industry an opportunity to voice their opinions and offer expertise to help ensure the 2015 edition of the International Green Construction Cod effectively promotes safety, resiliency, sustainability and energy efficiency. 

Registration remains open
 for the event. Download the hearings schedule and monograph.

If you can't attend the hearings, they will be webcast live on the ICC website. You can view the hearings on your desktop computer or your Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or Android pad. Click here for dates, times and instructions.

New Board Member - April 21, 2014

Frederick County’s Building Plan Reviewer

Appointed to the Maryland Building Officials Executive Committee


John P. Picco, Building Plan Reviewer II, Department of Inspection and Permits, for Frederick County, has been appointed to the Maryland Building Officials Association Board of Directors.  John has been employed by Frederick County for the past 18 years.  Prior to his service in Frederick County, John worked 10 years for Baltimore County’s Permits and Inspection department. He attended the University Of Maryland School Of Engineering and currently holds 10 Professional Certifications from the International Code Council (ICC). His certification’s range from, Certified Building Official, Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Mechanical Inspector and Fire Inspector. John has been a member of MBOA since 1996.


Job Opportunity - April 21, 2014

City of Gillette Wyoming - Plans Examiner

Type:Full Time

Salary/Pay Rate:$22.22 - $31.13

Posted Date:4/7/2014 10:30 AM

NATURE/PURPOSE OF WORK: Under general supervision, provides a variety of plan review and building inspection support and assistance to the general public, contractors, engineers and architects doing business with the City of Gillette.

JOB FUNCTIONS/DUTIES: The following EXAMPLES OF DUTIES are NOT intended as a comprehensive list. These provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbents may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Serves as the central point of contact for the City of Gillette’s building permitting process. Performs pre-construction site inspections and coordinates site plan reviews with other City divisions and permit applicants. Reviews plans for completeness. Advises applicants of missing or incomplete items.  Participates in the inspection and review process as necessary to expedite the permitting process. Calculates permit fees. Advises the permit applicant of the progress of the review. Serves as a resource and liaison between and among internal City of Gillette divisions and/or departments, individuals and entities. Provides direct customer service to contractors, architects, engineers and the general public. Answers or refers general questions about the permitting process, building inspections or plan review. Responds to technical inquiries or complaints. Drafts, composes, reviews, edits and/or revises a variety of written documents, summaries and reports.

Performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • Knowledge of applicable city, county, state and Federal statutes, rules, ordinances, codes, regulations, administrative orders, case law and other governing rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the City’s and the Department’s policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles of bookkeeping and/or accounting.
  • Knowledge of the principles of file and records management.
  • Skill in reading, understanding, interpreting and applying relevant city, county, state and Federal statutes, rules, ordinances, codes, regulations, administrative orders, case law and other governing rules and regulations.
  • Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Skill in reviewing and assessing building plans, blueprints, schematics and specifications.
  • Skill in performing and verifying mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, other City employees, representatives from other city, county, state and/or Federal agencies, the news media, general public and/or others having business with the City of Gillette.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software and operating systems/applications.


An Associate’s degree in Construction, Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or a closely related field and certification as a Plans Examiner or Building Inspector, knowledge in the construction trades and/or contracting, AND three (3) years of relevant building inspection, plan review, engineering or closely related experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education which demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position have been achieved.

Additional Requirements:

Must obtain within one (1) year of employment the other International Code Council (ICC) certification (Building Inspector and Plans Examiner) and be able to maintain both certifications.

May be required to lift and/or carry heavy, bulky supplies, materials and/or other items weighing up to 40 pounds.

May be exposed to dangerous machinery, potential physical harm, extreme weather conditions and infectious diseases.

May be required to work outside the traditional work schedule.

May be subject to call out and/or call-back.

Must have at the time of application and must maintain a valid Driver’s License.

 A completed application is required and can be obtained at the City of Gillette, Human Resources, 201 East 5th Street, Gillette WY 82716 or on-line. Click apply for application. 

Application Deadline: First Review April 18, 2014 Open until filled

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Pre-Work Drug Screening

Job Oppertunity - April 10, 2014


GFA International, Inc. is seeking FULL and PART TIME Building Code Inspectors, Plans Examiners, and Building Code Administrators for our Florida operations. Our inspectors conduct multiple-disciplined inspections on residential, commercial, and educational buildings as well as manage specific projects related to these types of code inspections. Some travel may be required for inspections and/or managing projects in the assigned area.


·         Perform Code Enforcement and/or Quality Control Inspections

·         Perform Building Code Plan Reviews

·         Perform Building Code Inspections

·         Perform Building Code Administrator duties

·         Prepare written and electronic reports and issue notices of correction

·         Explain and interpret code and/or quality control regulations or requirements

·         Recognize, evaluate and properly resolve unique problems or situations

·         Maintain effective customer service relationships with clients and the public

·         Assist the inspection management team with business development

·         Perform other related duties as assigned by the Manager

Job Requirements:


·         Licensed by the State of Florida FS 468 in at least one (1) of the following plan review disciplines: Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing**

·         Licensed by the State of Florida FS 468 in at least one (1) of the following inspection disciplines: Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, 1&2 Family Dwelling**

·         Licensed by the State of Florida FS 468 as a Building Code Administrator **

·         5+ years experience performing building and/or MEP inspections

·         Experience in managing projects

·         High School diploma or equivalent education; Associates or Bachelors degree preferred

·         Valid State Drivers License  

·         Good written and verbal communication skills including legible handwriting

·         Candidates must be team players and work well with others.


·         Multi-trade certifications are a plus

·         Licensed by the State of Florida FS 633 as a fire inspector and/or plans examiner

The hours for this position will vary. Most construction operations are performed on weekdays between 6am and 5pm however occasional night and weekend work should be anticipated.

GFA offers a competitive benefits package and competitive salaries based upon qualifications and experience. We have excellent career advancement opportunities and are looking for a self motivated, goal oriented team player. Relocation assistance is possible for qualified candidates. 

**We will provide assistance toward obtaining required state licensure for qualified candidates.  

Please forward resume and salary requirements in confidence to hrdept@teamgfa.com by 05/10/2014.

Please visit our website at www.TeamGFA.com


American Wood Council Webinars - March 25, 2014

New Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA 6 – 2012 IRC Version) Webinar



May 22, 2014
2:00PM-3:00PM Eastern
1:00PM-2:00PM Central
12:00PM-1:00PM Mountain
11:00AM-12:00PM Pacific

DCA 6 has been recently updated to include guidance on provisions in the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to single level residential wood deck construction. Provisions contained in this document that are not included in the IRC are considered good practice recommendations. The presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes to the DCA 6 and include several examples showing application of the guide.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Become familiar with the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6) and the significant changes that have been made.
  2. Identify minimum material requirements for deck construction including wood members and fasteners.
  3. Identify minimum construction detailing requirements.
  4. Understand design requirements and available resources for both prescriptive and engineered deck designs.

Complimentary Registration

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which will serve as proof of 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). Pending ICC approval, 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be available upon completion.

Maryland APA Represenative - February 10, 2014


Dear MBOA Membership,


I am the APA Field Services representative in the Mid-Atlantic. APA is a not for profit trade organization whose members are manufacturers of engineered wood products. Our members manufacture wood structural panels, both OSB and plywood, structural composite lumber, I-joists, and glulam beams.


As part of the field services department,  I work with building officials, builders, designers, engineers, architects, and anyone else who might have a question or comment on wood construction. The goal of the Field Services Division is to make life easier for the people who actually use wood products. We act as a liaison between the technical teams and manufacturers and real world applications.  


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or pass my contact information on to anyone to whom you feel I can provide assistance. I am also available for introduction appointments if you would like to learn more, just let me know and I will come to your office.




Mary Uher
410-730-9663 (office)

240-242-9663 (cell)


ICC President Steve Jones administers the Oath of Office to Noah Bradshaw, MBOA's new President for 2014.

2013 MBOA Board Meeting - March 29, 2013


The next meeting of 2014 will be held in Howard County on Wednesday May 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

American Wood Council Southern Pine Design Values - February 26, 2013

New Southern Pine Design Values Published

New design values for all width and grades of visually-graded Southern Pine lumber have now been published by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB), and are available in Supplement 13. On January 30, the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) approved use of the new design values with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2013. Use of the new design values, however, can be approved by code officials at any time. The June 1, 2013 target date was chosen by ALSC to facilitate an orderly transition for suppliers, designers, and code officials. Previously, new interim design values had been approved for #2 and lower grades of 2x4 and smaller dimension lumber with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.

In March 2013, AWC will publish an addendum to the NDS® Design Values for Wood Construction Supplement reflecting the new design values. The NDS® Design Values Supplement is referenced in the International Codes. When available, it may be downloaded at awc.org/publications/update/designvaluechanges.html. (Note that a March 2012 Addendum reflecting changes for 2x4s is already available on that web page. Updates to the Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, and the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) span tables, reflecting previous changes for 2x4 spans, are also currently available on that web page.)

A comprehensive Question and Answer document on new design value changes is available at the Southern Forest Product Association website, www.sfpa.org.

MBOA Document Download Page - October 01, 2009

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American Wood Council Webinars, posted on March 25, 2014 by bryant
Maryland APA Represenative, posted on February 10, 2014 by Dan
2013 MBOA Board Meeting, posted on March 29, 2013 by Dan
Membership Renewal, posted on September 21, 2010 by Dan
MBOA Document Download Page, posted on October 01, 2009 by Dan