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2015 Michigan Residential Code

Presenter: Donald L. Pratt

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
11 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-242-6000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00- 4:45 pm

Development and Enforcement of 2015 Michigan Residential Code

   History of the International Residential Code (IRC) and the Michigan Residential Code (MRC)
   Adoption and enforcement of Michigan Residential Code
   Recent and anticipated Code amendments
   Future of the Code

Building Planning and Shell Construction (Chapters 2-10)

   Alternative provisions and design criteria
   Wind effects and protection of openings
   Seismic provisions
   Story height and live loads
   Snow loads
   Fire-resistant construction and exterior walls
   Dwelling unit separations and garage separation
   Ceiling heights
   Garages and carports
   Ingress, egress and stairways
   Fire and carbon monoxide safety and detection
   Foam plastic
   Wood and wood-based products
   Floods, storms and drainage
   Soils and foundations
   Framing and fastening
   Walls and wall covering
   Roof/ceiling construction
   Roof assemblies
   Fireplaces and chimneys

Energy Efficiency (Chapter 11)

   Building thermal envelope
   Climate classifications
   Permanent energy certificate
   Insulation and fenestration
   Building systems

Mechanical, Fuel, Plumbing and Electrical Systems

   Appliance installation and exhaust systems
   Hydronic systems
   Fuel gas systems and appliances
   Plumbing fixtures
   Backflow preventers, venting, sumps and ejectors
   Fire sprinkler systems
   Electrical system grounding
   Intersystem bonding termination
   Overcurrent devices
   Electrical outlets
   Pools, spas and hot tubs

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Residential Builder

     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CE Hours

Residential Builders & M&A Contractors
     6.5 Continuing Competency Hours

International Code Council
     .65 CEUs - Building

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects, 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers, and residential builders and M&A contractors in Michigan. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885).

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The International Code Council has approved this activity for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar offers contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity; it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Donald L. Pratt

President & CEO, Construction Education and Consulting Services of Michigan
Mr. Pratt began working in his family-owned construction business in 1965. Over the years, he has had hands-on experience with all of the construction trades as well as with professionals in the industry such as architects, engineers, attorneys, developers and brokers.  Mr. Pratt was first licensed as a builder in 1970 and is currently the qualifying officer of Pratt Building Company (“PBC”) which was formed in 1993.  PBC develops raw land for commercial and residential purposes and provides construction services as a general contractor.  Mr. Pratt was awarded the distinction of master builder status by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan after successfully completing the construction of hundreds of custom and semi-custom homes.  Mr. Pratt has been a leader in the construction industry in the promotion and building of energy-efficient homes through the Michigan State 5 Star Program and the National Energy Star Program.  He has consulted with builders, remodelers, subcontractors, insurance companies, financial institutions and law firms since 1996 regarding building codes, contracts, construction standards and other industry issues.  Mr. Pratt has testified as an expert witness relative to construction industry disputes more than 50 times and has been hired for his opinion in over 850 cases.  As an educator, he develops and teaches construction related classes including the 60 hour pre-licensure training required by the State of Michigan.  Mr. Pratt is a licensed real estate broker, building inspector and plan reviewer.  He is also a member of a variety of national and state organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences, the International Codes Council, the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, and the National Association of Home Builders.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.