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Presenter: Vincent F. Fratinardo, P.E., S.E., RRC

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am CDT

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 11:40 pm CDT

Lunch (On your own):         11:40 - 12:10 pm CDT

Afternoon Session:             12:10 - 4:20 pm CDT

The New Chicago Building Code: 70 Years in the Making

(fully effective in August 2020)

Navigating the New Code:
• Title 14A – Administrative Provisions
• Title 14B – Chicago Building Code
• Title 14F – Chicago Fire Code
• Title 14N – Chicago Energy Conservation Code
• Title 14R – Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code
• Title 14X – Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings
New materials and building systems 
Expended requirements for sprinklers 
Timeline for implementation

Building Height and Area: Modifications and Limitations

Occupancy classifications and uses
Accessory occupancies
Area factor increases
Room dimensions for dwelling units
Separated and nonseparated mixed occupancies
Incidental uses
Yards and courts for light and ventilation
High-rise building modi cations

Construction Types and Fire Resistance Ratings

Use of combustible materials
Exterior walls and fire separation distances
Wall terminologies
Projections for walls and concealed spaces
Calculated fire resistance
Opening protection

Means of Egress and Occupancy

Adopted terms: Exit, exit access, exit discharge
Occupant loads
Concentrated business use areas
Number of exits
Stairways modifications
Corridor width and fire resistance
Assembly-type uses

Structural Design

Construction documents
General design requirements
Risk categories
Seismic design
Special inspections
Soils and foundations

Chicago Energy Conservation Code

Concentrated business use areas
Stairways modi cations
Assembly-type uses

General design requirements
Special inspections
Commercial compliance (ASHRAE 90.1-2016)
Building envelope 
Building mechanical systems 
Electrical power and lighting 
Total building performance 
Existing buildings, additions and alterations
Residential compliance
• Thermal envelope
• Roofs
• Mechanical ventilatio• Thermal envelope

Preserving Existing Buildings

IEBC/Rehabilitation provisions
Work area compliance method
• Level 1 • Level 2 • Level 3
Performance method 
Historic buildings 
Residential occupancies
• Roofs
• Whole house systems
Prescriptive method
Fire escapes
Minimum requirements for existing buildings

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in Illinois. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

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

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Vincent F. Fratinardo, P.E., S.E., RRC

Mr. Fratinardo is a civil/structural engineer and roof consultant. His over 20 years of experience includes civil and structural engineering analysis, design, construction administration, eld investigation, and project management, and 13 years of experience speci c to forensic engineering and the investigation and analysis of building damage and failures. Mr. Fratinardo has designed numerous new buildings, building additions, building renovations, and mechanical platforms and supports. He has designed and analyzed roof, wall and oor framing systems utilizing steel, concrete, masonry, and wood construction. Mr. Fratinardo has vast expertise in commercial, industrial, agricultural, municipal, educational and residential building damage investigations, including on-site investigations a er 25 di erent tornado events, and Hurricanes Irene, Sandy, Ma hew, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence. He has legal experience in depositions, arbitration hearings and trials. He has prepared and performed numerous continuing education presentations, including on an array of topics in forensic engineering, structural engineering and building codes for HalfMoon Education Inc., in multiple states since 2014. Mr. Fratinardo graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, and he also holds a master of engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Chicago Building Code Update

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This course examines specifics of the revisions to the new Chicago Building Code and existing provisions, including those for building height and area, construction types and fire resistance ratings, means of egress and occupancy, structural design, energy conservation, and existing building preservation.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to determine occupancy classifications of buildings and be able to comply with Code requirements for specific occupancies.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for exterior walls and fire separation distances, use of combustible materials, and fire resistance ratings.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for means of egress and occupancy, including occupant loads, number of exits, stairways, corridor width, and fire resistance.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for structural design, including construction documents, loads, seismic design, special inspections, soils and foundations, and materials.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss the multitude of Code compliance standards for energy conservation, including those for the building envelope, mechanical systems, electrical power and lighting, building performance, existing buildings, and residential structures.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to reference Code provisions for existing buildings, including those for historic buildings.

LUs:  7.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with building code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/17/2023

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.