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Presenter: Jeffrey D. Vernon, MCP, CBO

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Asheville, NC

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville
1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-254-3211

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Basis of the 2018 NCBC & New or Revised Definitions

   International Building Code edition
   Code adoption process in North Carolina
   Text markings
   Changes within Chapter 2 definitions

Changes to Occupancy Classifications and Construction Types

   New and revised occupancy classifications from Chapter 3
   Required ratings and materials of construction from Chapter 6

Height, Area, Mixed Use, Unlimited Area & Podium Buildings

   Formatting and text changes within Chapter 5
   Height, area & changes increase equations
   Incidental accessory, accessory, separated & non-separated mixed uses
   Unlimited area buildings
   Podium buildings

Fire resistance and fire protection

   Fire resistance ratings, markings, continuity & applications - Chapter 7
   Sprinklers, fire alarms and hoistway pressurization – Chapter 9

Means of Egress, Part 1 – Exit Access

   Number & configuration of exits
   Two-way communication
   Locking and latching mechanisms

Means of Egress, Part 2 – Exit Access, Exits & Exit Discharge

   Egress through intervening spaces
   Egress balconies
   Exit discharge

Miscellaneous Additional Changes

   Accessibility – condo exception; nightclub exception; 
   R-2/R-3 pool exception;ICC A117.1-09
   Interior environment - unvented attics; ceiling elec fixtures at 80”
   Exterior walls – now includes HPL and plastic composites
   Roofs - requirements for PV panels
   Structural design data – wind loads per ASCE 7-10
   Elevators – buildings with an occupied floor > 120’ require 2 FSAE’s

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Other
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

North Carolina Code Officials
     7.0 Credit Hours – Building

International Building Code
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW contact hours to architects licensed in North Carolina. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for North Carolina engineers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this event for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Activities approved by the AIA/CES qualify for North Carolina architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

The North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board has approved this course for 7.0 credits hours in Building (Provider No. S395).

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors.

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.


Jeffrey D. Vernon, MCP, CBO

Building Code Administrator with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement

Mr. Vernon is a master code professional and a certified building official, and he holds North Carolina Level III certifications in all five trades (building, electric, mechanical, plumbing and fire). Mr. Vernon has been working in the construction industry for 38 years beginning with a six-year stint in the US Army where he served in Germany, Honduras, Alabama and at the US Army Engineer School in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He has worked in Prince William County in Virginia and in Lincoln, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties in North Carolina. Through the years, he has been an inspector, a plan reviewer, a senior plan reviewer, and a department director among other job titles. Mr. Vernon is currently employed by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement where he serves as the building code administrator. He has also been a part-time instructor at Central Piedmont Community College for the past ten years, and he serves as code consultant for University of North Carolina’s fifth year Architecture students. Mr. Vernon is also an ordained bishop.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Crucial Changes to the 2018 North Carolina Building Code

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 live, in person lecture presentation covering changes to the 2018 North Carolina Building Code, including changes affecting occupancy classifications, construction types, height, area, mixed use, podium buildings, fire resistance and protection, exit access, exit discharge, accessibility, interior environment, exterior walls, roofs, elevators, and wind loads.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) changes for occupancy classifications, rating types and construction materials found in Chapter 3 and 6.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) changes for building height, area, mixed uses, unlimited building areas, and podium buildings (Chapter 5).

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) changes for fire resistance and fire protection, including fire resistance ratings, markings, sprinklers, fire alarms and hoistway pressurization (Chapter 7 and 9).

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) changes for means of egress, including exit access, number and configuration of exits, communication, locking and latching mechanisms, corridors, egress balconies, exits, and exit discharge.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to comply with North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) changes for accessibility, interior environment, exterior walls, roofs, wind loads, and elevators.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of code compliance and structural design.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/14/2021

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.