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Presenter: Donald Stafford

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Houston, TX

Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks
2712 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-523-8448

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Chapter 2


Chapter 3-10

   Climatic and geographic design criteria, determination of seismic design category, irregular buildings
   Exterior walls, townhouse separation, two family separation, dwelling-garage separation, fire protection of floors
   Glazing -adjacent to doors, in guards and railings, adjacent to stair landing
   Emergency escape and rescue openings
   Handrail projection/Continuity
   Vertical rise
   Alternating tread devices
   Ships ladders
   Alterations, repairs and additions (Smoke Alarms)
   Carbon monoxide alarms
   Fasteners and connectors in contact with preservative-treated and fire-retardant-treated wood
   Coastal high-hazard areas (including V Zones and Coastal A Zones, where designated)
   Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems
   Roof access and pathways
   Habitable attic
   Frost-protected shallow foundations
   Crushed stone footings
   Unvented crawl space
   Wood wall framing
   Wall bracing
   Exterior covering
   Roof ventilation
   Requirements for roof coverings
   Insulation shield

Chapter 11 Energy Efficiency

   Defined terms
   Insulation and fenestration requirements
   Reduction of ceiling insulation
   Mass walls
   Testing for air leakage
   Duct sealing and testing
   Energy rating index

Mechanical, Fuel, Plumbing (Chapters 12-33)

   Chapters 12-23 Mechanical
      Access to furnaces within compartments
      Clothes dryer exhaust
      Domestic cooking exhaust systems
      Ranges and ovens
      Solar thermal energy systems
      Chapter 24 Fuel Gas
      Prohibited locations (Dryer exception)
      Protection against corrosion
      Shutoff valves
      Forced-air warm-air furnaces
   Chapter 26-33 Plumbing
      Slip-joint connections
      Required pan
      Water hammer
      Saddle tap fittings
      Joint between PVC water service and CPVC water distribution
      Prohibited joints
      Drainage piping size reduction in the direction of flow
      Vent pipes terminating outdoors
      Combination waste and vent system
      Air admittance valves

Electrical Systems (Chapters 34-43)

   Garage branch circuits
   General purpose receptacle distribution
   Small appliance receptacles
   Basements, garages and accessory buildings
   Ground-fault and arc-fault circuit-interrupter protection
   Installation of boxes, conduit bodies and fittings
   Flexible cords

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Contractors
  • Building Inspectors

Architects & Interior Designers
     7.0 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

International Code Council
    .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and interior designers and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this course for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider 1232).

HalfMoon Education Inc. is an International Code Council Preferred Provider. Course approval has been applied for and is pending. Please confirm course approval prior to registering for this event.

This seminar offers contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity, but 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 Stafford

Founder and Principal of Stafford Inspections, Dallas
Since founding Stafford Inspections in 1984, Mr. Stafford has performed more than 12,000 inspections and has trained and mentored over 250 inspectors.  His memberships and professional affiliations include the American Society of Home Inspectors, the International Code Council, and the National Association of Wastewater Technicians.  Certifications include technical trainer and field trainer through the American Home Inspectors Training Institute, International Code Council residential combination code certification, and Resnet energy audit certification.  As a restoration specialist (1979-1998), he was the recipient of two awards for renovations to historically significant residences.  Mr. Stafford is also president of Real Estate Training Systems, a proprietary school in the state of Texas providing continuing education and core real estate courses for home inspection licenses. He has been an instructor and sponsoring inspector in Texas since 1987.

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.