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SPECIAL INSPECTIONS–Implementing and Managing IBCChapter 17 Requirements forBuilding DepartmentsOct. 18, 2016, Kansas City, MOPresenters: Chuck Ramani, P.E., CBOSam Palmer, P.E., CBOCopyright 20161PresentersPresenters: Sam Palmer, P.E., CBOAssistant DirectorDepartment of Building & Fire PreventionClark County, [email protected] Chuck Ramani, P.E., CBOPresidentInternational Accreditation Service, Inc.Brea, [email protected] 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO21

Agenda PART 1 - About IAS PART 2 - Overview of Special Inspection PART 3 - Special Inspection Agency Accreditation PART 4 - ResourcesCopyright 20163PART 1 – About IASCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO42

Who we are Subsidiary of the International Code Council Nonprofit, internationally recognizedaccreditation body Created to assist local government in ensuringpublic safety Prior to ICC, part of ICBO since 1975(Most members of the IAS Board and theAccreditation Committee are local governmentcode officials)Copyright 20165Formal Recognition of IAS Governments from over 50 countries thatmake up the Asia Pacific LaboratoryAccreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and theInternational Laboratory AccreditationCooperation (ILAC) Numerous city, county and state buildingdepartments recognize accreditationsgranted by IASCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO63

Formal Recognition of IASA SHORT LISTING OF FORMAL RECOGNITIONS: California Department of TransportationChickasaw NationU.S. Coast GuardU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)United States MarinesUnited States NavyMetal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionInternational Code Council (ICC)ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)Fire Stop Manufacturers Association (FSMA)Copyright 20167What is Accreditation? Formal third-party recognition that a body or agencyfulfills specified requirements and is competent tocarry out specific conformity assessment tasks. Accreditation has been used for over 50 years as thedefinitive means of evaluating organizations, and isnow utilized by all the world’s major economies andmany developing economies. It is becoming an important tool for Building and FirePrevention Departments. All accreditation programs include on-site technicaland management system verification.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO84

Building Department FocusIAS provides several accreditation programs toassist state and local government carry outtheir duties and obligations to ensure publicsafety and property protection. FabricatorsTesting LaboratoriesProduct Certification AgenciesSpecial Inspection Agencies Copyright 2016Metal Building ManufacturersField Evaluation BodiesBuilding DepartmentsFire Prevention DepartmentsBuilding Department ServiceProviders9What are Accreditation Criteria? A required accreditation criteria exists for every IASaccreditation program. All IAS accreditation criteria are on the IAS website.Examples:– AC291 Special Inspection Agencies– AC354 Field Evaluation of Unlisted Electrical Equipment– AC370 Product Certification Agencies– AC402 Third-party Permitting, Plan Review andInspection Providers– AC251 Building Departments/Code Enforcement– AC426 Fire Prevention and Life Safety Departments– AC474 Personnel Certification BodiesCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO105

Process for Code Development andIAS Accreditation Criteria Very Similar IAS criteria are developedwith input from partiessuch as special inspectionagencies, code officials,affected industries andthe public. Open, public hearingprocess Anyone can participate Held annually (minimum)Copyright 201611PART 2 – Overview ofSpecial InspectionsCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO126

What is Special Inspection? The monitoring of materials, installation, fabrication,erection and placement of components andconnections that require special expertise that arecritical to the integrity of the building structure. Special inspections are in addition to the typicalmunicipal inspections required by the buildingdepartment specified in International Building Code (IBC ) Section 110 or specific structural observationsas may by required in IBC Section 1704.6. Code officials may require other inspections perIBC Section 110.3.8. Code officials may require“other” inspectors to qualify similarly to specialinspectors per IBC Section 104.4.Copyright 201613Special InspectionsWhy do we need it?Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO147

Special Inspection FailuresHartford Civic Center Coliseum –Hartford, CN ‐ 1978 4:19am collapse No injuries or fatalities Interior members were insufficiently braced,exterior members were only braced at 30' ratherthan at 15' as specified in design. No midpointbraces were provided on the top layer members.No Injuries or Fatalities – 4:19 am CollapseInadequate inspection and quality control. Welding of filler plates on trusses reduced theconnection capacity. Diagonal members were misplaced and the wrongsteel strength was used.Copyright 201615Why do we need SpecialInspections? Special inspectors monitor the materialsand workmanship critical to the structuraland fire‐resistive integrity of a building. Required to ensure compliance with theapproved construction documents (plans)and standards referenced in the applicablecodes. Special inspectors bring technicalexpertise to the job that isn’t typicallyavailable in local government.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO168

Special Inspections areMandatory The IBC clearly specifies situations in which theemployment of special inspectors or specialinspection agencies is mandatory. The use of special inspectors and specialinspection agencies is not discretionary. The use of special inspectors and specialinspection agencies is ministerial.Copyright 201617Special Inspections areMandatory Official immunity does not necessarily apply to theperformance of ministerial duties. Duties are considered ministerial if they areprescribed and defined by statute, rule, or regulationwith such certainty that there is nothing left to thepublic official's or employee's decision or judgmentand he or she has no choice in the performance ofsuch duties. A public official may be personally liable fordamages that result from the failure to performministerial duties.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO189

Benefits of SpecialInspectionsFOR THE CONTRACTOR: Special inspections can be available during times whenthe building department is not available, ensuringconstruction stays on schedule. Special inspections allow for prompt replies to questionsfrom contractors. Expedites corrective measures to address errors. Facilitates team communication between designers,contractors, and the building department, minimizingmisinterpretation of the intended structural design,building code or ordinance. Documents compliance . Provides a shieldagainst liability.Copyright 201619Special Inspection FailuresDavid L. Lawrence ConventionCenter – Pittsburgh PA - 2002 1 Dead – 2 Injured Truss collapse – wrong nutsused at the connection, ½sized and not high strengthPittsburgh Tribune ‐ Review Special inspector was amaterials tester – He said noone had told him which nutwas correct for the trusses andhe “probably wouldn’t havenoticed anyway”Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO2010

Special Inspection FailuresTropicana Casino Parking GarageAtlantic City, NJ - 2003 4 Dead – 20 Injured Reinforcing steel was notproperly installed to allow floorsto be secured to columns andsheer wall Concrete not tested for strength Inspectors did not verifyreinforcing steel was installedproperlyCopyright 2016D'Amato Law Firm21Benefits of Special InspectionsFOR THE DESIGNER:– Intended design is what is constructed– Additional knowledgeable review of installations– Documents compliance– Provides a shield against liabilityCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO2211

Special Inspection FailuresHyatt Regency Hotel,Kansas City, MO - 1981Dr. Lee Lowery, Jr., P.E. 114 Dead – 200 Injured During the construction phase, the design ofthe hanger rod connections was changedfrom a one-rod to a two-rod system The engineers stated that they requestedon-site representation on numerousoccasions, but were turned down due toadditional costs for on-site inspection Poor workmanship, improper welding andconnections, inadequate building materials,failure on the part of the hotel to hirespecial inspectors, as well as failure of thejurisdiction by allowing the building to beoccupied despite its hazards, were also23factorsin the collapseCopyright 2016Benefits of Special InspectionsFOR THE OWNER:– Assurance that they are getting what they paid for– Documents compliance– Provides a shield against liabilityCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO2412

Special Inspection FailuresBlacksburg HS GymMontgomery Co, VA - 2010 Built in 1974 Investigation revealed lower-thanspecified yield strength in thesteel and inferior welding werecontributing factors to the roofcollapseWSLS 10 Testing found weak welds at thetruss seat which did not meet theAWS standards for structural welds 17 hours before, the gym had beenfully occupied for a basketballgameCopyright 201625Special Inspection FailuresShelbyville Central HSShelbyville, TN - 2014 Three seriously injured fromcollapse of one wall of anunfinished football Fieldhouse atShelbyville Central High School Construction experts whoexamined the remains of thestructure said the walls werepoorly constructed, noting alack of rebar in the blocks.Earlier, the building's foundationfailed at least one stateinspection, records show.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO2613

Special Inspection SucessesNOW THEN Maxim Hotel - multistory hotel built in 1970 Westin purchased it in 2003 Special inspection after purchase, determined thatcomplete major rehabilitation of structure was requiredCopyright 201627 Interior and exterior shearwalls were addedWestin RemodelLas Vegas, NV circa 2003Discontinuous shear wallCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO2814

Cosmopolitan HotelLas Vegas, NV circa 2007 Thesepictureswere taken withinEast Tower. Special Inspectionrevealed noadditional actionrequired.(Apparently the beamswere required forconstruction sequencingand not for the finalstructure)Note steel girders cut out for cable tray.Copyright 201629Harmon HotelLas Vegas, NV circa 2009Harmon Hotelin forefrontblue exteriorapproximately50 storieslocated at thecorner ofHarmon andLas VegasBoulevardCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO3015

Luxor HotelLas Vegas, NV circa 2000 Construction &inspection personnelinjured 1- Death Shoring failureduring concreteplacement Horse Arena Basement LevelCopyright 201631Palms HotelLas Vegas, NV circa 2001 What happensafter specialinspections arecomplete? Mechanical FloorCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO3216

Residential GarageLas Vegas, NV early 2000s Gravity load failureduring placement ofprecast panels Lack of compressionflange bracing Specified beamslightly smallerthan calculatedCopyright 201633Benefits of Special InspectionsFOR THE JURISDICTION: Saves jurisdiction money, not having to conduct theinspections. Allows jurisdiction to have access to highly specializedstaff. Allows critical work to be continuously inspected. Documents compliance provides a shield againstliability.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO3417

Who is Responsible forSpecial Inspection? Owner or registered design professional acting asthe owner’s agent - Hires special inspectors oragencies. Permit applicant - Submits statement of specialinspections prepared by registered designprofessional in charge. Building Official - Approves special inspectors oragencies. Special inspection agencies or special inspectors– Conduct and document special inspections.Copyright 201635Where are special inspectionrequirements in the Code?International Building Code, Chapter 17Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO3618

Approved Agency Section 1702 - “Approved Agency” is defined as:“An established and recognized agency that is regularlyengaged in conducting tests or furnishing inspectionservices, where such agency has been approved by thebuilding official.” Section 202 – “Approved” is defined as:“Acceptable to the building official.”Copyright 201637Approved Agency1703.1 - Approved agency to provide evidence of: Independence – no conflicts of interest (Critical). Equipment – adequate to perform required tests. Personnel – competent in conducting, supervising andevaluating tests and/or inspections in the appropriatediscipline.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO3819

Special Inspector Qualifications1704.2.1 “Special inspector qualifications:The special inspector shall provide writtendocumentation to the building official demonstratinghis or her competence and relevant experienceor training. Experience or training shall beconsidered relevant when the documentedexperience or training is related in complexity tothe same type of special inspection activities forprojects of similar complexity and material qualities.These qualifications are in addition to thosespecified in other sections of this code.”.Copyright 201639Approved Agency1704.2.1 “The registered design professional inresponsible charge and engineers of recordinvolved in the design of the project are permittedto act as the approved agency and their personnelare permitted to act as the special inspector for thework designed by them, provided they qualify asspecial inspectors.”Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO4020

Focus of Special InspectionsThe IBC includes 16 major categories of specialinspection that are critical to life-safety andstructural-safety roles: Inspection of fabricators Concrete construction Masonry construction Steel construction Wood construction Soils Pile foundations Smoke control Wind requirements Pier foundations Vertical masonry elements Sprayed fire-resistant materials Mastic and intumescent fire-resistantcoatings Exterior insulation and finishsystems Special cases Seismic requirementsCopyright 201641Two Types of SpecialInspections Continuous special inspections involve full-timeobservation of work by an approved specialinspection agency or special inspector while work isbeing performed. Periodic special inspections involve part-time orintermittent observation of work by an approvedspecial inspection agency or special inspector whilework is performed or completed. Identified in IBC, Chapter 17, Tables 1705.2.3,1705.3, 1705.6, 1705.7, 1705.8.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO4221

IBC, Table 1705.3Concrete ConstructionPeriodicIdentificationmarkings toconform toASTMstandardsspecified inthe approvedconstructiondocuments.ContinuousPrior to concreteplacement,fabricatespecimens forstrength tests,perform slumpand air contenttests, anddetermine thetemperature ofthe concrete.Copyright 201643Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection ProgramG GeneralJ Job1. Establish qualifications for special inspectors and special inspectionagencies. G2. Communicate Chapter 17 requirements and building departmentexpectations. G3. Require submittal of statement of special inspections. J4. Evaluate and approve special inspection agencies and specialinspectors. J5. Develop and implement report procedures to monitor specialinspections. G & J6. Practice site verification. J7. Review, accept, and retain final report of special inspections. G & JCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO4422

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 11. Establish minimum qualifications for specialinspectors and special inspection agencies. Must have a criteria or standard for evaluating agenciesand inspectors. Building code, standards, IAS Accreditation CriteriaAC291. Criteria sets a level playing field for all evaluations. Covers individual qualifications, procedures and policiesfor performing and reporting special inspections,equipment used in inspections, storage of records, etc.Copyright 201645Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 22. Communicate Chapter 17 requirements and buildingdepartment expectations. Owner or registered design professional/agent to submitSIA for approval. Owner or registered design professional/agent to hire SIA. RDP prepares statement of special inspections (qualifiedperson exception). Permit applicant to submit statement of specialinspections. SIA reporting, including the final report.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO4623

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 33. Require submittal of statement of special inspections(Section 1704). This statement shall identify: Materials, systems, components, and work required toundergo special inspection by the building official, or bythe RDP for each portion of the work. Type and extent of each special inspection. Type and extent of each test. Additional requirements for special inspection for seismicor wind resistance. For each type of special inspection, whether it will becontinuous or periodic.Copyright 201647Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 3Samples of statement of special atement of si.dochttp://www.seari.org/files/SEARI SuggestedStatement of Special /public/documents/document/008745.pdfCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO4824

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step Copyright 201649Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO5025

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step Copyright 201651Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 44. Evaluate and approve special inspection agenciesand inspectors. Use criteria established in Step 1,such as: Individual professional qualifications (certifications,licenses, education, experience, etc.). Interviews with individuals. Field observations. IAS accreditation.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO5226

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 55. Develop reporting requirements. Describe the reports to be submitted and the criteria thatdetermine whether a report is acceptable and properlyformatted. All report forms for use in performing quality assuranceinspection, engineering and/or testing must beapproved by the building department. Report forms can be created by the building departmentto help streamline the reporting process.Copyright 201653Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 5Types of Reports: Daily Report, Weekly Report, Discrepancy Notice, FinalReport.Reporting Oversight: Building departments need to perform verificationaudits and review the reports submitted by specialinspection agencies and special inspectors. Determine how audits will be performed, what evaluationcriteria will be used, and what happens if the auditedparty is found to be performing in an unsatisfactorymanner.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO5427

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 5Example:Daily ReportSpecialInspectionCopyright 201655Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 5Example:WeeklyReportSpecialInspectionCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO5628

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step ht 201657Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 5Example:Final ReportSpecialInspectionCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO5829

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 66. Practice site verification. Verify the special inspector is on site for all continuousinspections. Verify that the special inspectors on site were the onesapproved. Spot check daily, weekly, and review discrepancy reportsin field where the special inspector is readily questioned.Copyright 201659Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 6 Talk with the special inspectors, make sure you’reavailable to them, verify that they’re comfortable with theirauthority. Verify that all special inspection steps are completedbefore ‘next-step’ building department inspections areconducted.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO6030

Seven Steps of a SpecialInspection Program Step 77. Review, accept and retain final report of specialinspections. Before final approval of permit or issuance of C of O. Review exceptions or discrepancies and corrections. Accept when satisfied that no unresolved issues exist. Retain records according to written policy and statutoryrequirements.Copyright 201661General Responsibilities of aSpecial Inspector (Sample)1. Responsibilities and authority: Apply special inspectorresponsibilities and authority and comply withrequirements of enforcing jurisdiction.2. Notification: Notify the local jurisdiction of the inspectionjob and specify the type of inspection for which thespecial inspector has been engaged, in accordance withenforcing jurisdiction requirements.3. Presence at job: Be present for continuous inspectionduring execution of all work for which the specialinspector has been engaged.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO6231

General Responsibilities of aSpecial Inspector (Sample)4. Acceptable conditions: Verify that the local jurisdictioninspector has approved the conditions at the site whenrequired. Typically special inspectors don’t have theauthority to stop work!5. Progress report: Submit timely, periodic written andverbal progress reports to the local jurisdiction whenrequired.6. Identify discrepancies: Notify contractors whendiscrepancies occur. Don’t design solutions!7. Uncorrected discrepancies: Timely notify the buildingofficial and designer when discrepancies are notcorrected.Copyright 201663General Responsibilities of aSpecial Inspector (Sample)8. Plan changes: Verify that structural planchanges are properly documented and approvedby the enforcing jurisdiction.9. Record keeping: Maintain records of workinspected, including discrepancies and actionstaken.10. Compliance report: Submit timely final reportof compliance.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO6432

Specific Responsibilities of aSIA for Concrete (Sample)Concrete Mix Verification:1. Mix design: Verify concrete mix design based onwater/cement ratio or laboratory mix design, that cementtype is as specified, that aggregate type, weight and sizeare as specified and that admixtures are correct.2. Trip ticket: Determine that mixer truck trip ticketspecifies mix in truck is mix required.3. Mixing water: Verify that total water added to mix doesnot exceed that allowed by concrete mix design and is ofacceptable quality.Copyright 201665Specific Responsibilities of aSIA for Concrete (Sample)Concrete Mix Verification:4. Adequate equipment: Verify that concrete mixing andplacing equipment at site is adequate for the intendeduse.5. Quality of concrete: Verify that the quality of theconcrete is indicative of adequate mixing time,consistency and relevant time limits.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO6633

Specific Responsibilities of aSIA for Concrete (Sample)Other concrete areas to be checked by SpecialInspectors. Each includes multiple steps not includedin this presentation: Concrete Reinforcement and Prestressing Steel Concrete Formwork and Embedded Items Concrete Preparation and Placement Samples and Tests Concrete Protection Prestressing and GroutingCopyright 201667PART 3 – IAS SpecialInspection AgencyAccreditationCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO6834

What is the Program? A comprehensive program that helps buildingdepartments manage special inspections in thejurisdiction. IAS assesses and monitors the special inspectionagencies to ensure they meet the requirements inChapter 17 of the IBC. IAS helps building departments do everything fromwriting adoption language to use the program, to settinga timeline, providing training, evaluating the specialinspection agencies, etc.Copyright 201669IAS Special Inspection AgencyAccreditation ProgramObjective: Provide building departments withverification that specialinspection agencies are qualifiedto work in their jurisdiction. Helps building departments toapprove special inspections.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO7035

Accreditation Benefits forBuilding DepartmentIAS SIA Program Benefits for Building Departments: Ensures Code Compliance – IAS provides a stringentprocess to determine if SIAs comply with Chapter 17 ofthe IBC. Saves Time – IAS takes the burden off the buildingdepartment to make sure that SIAs are regularlyassessed for quality and competence. Standardizes Assessments – All SIAs are evaluatedusing the same criteria and assessment process, creatinga level playing field for everyone.Copyright 201671Accreditation Benefits forBuilding DepartmentMore IAS SIA Program Benefits for BuildingDepartments: Limits Liability – Typically requiring SIAs to beaccredited by IAS provides evidence of due diligence toensure the competence of such agencies. Easy to Use – Building departments can search byorganization name, listing number or scope on the IASwebsite. Economizes resources – There is little to no cost forbuilding departments that participate in the IAS SIAAccreditation Program.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO7236

Comments from BuildingDepartmentEarl Russell, Building and Safety DepartmentInspections Manager, City of Las Vegas, NV (retired):“Not long ago, we really struggled to keep our heads abovewater. Today, we’re confident that our special inspectionagencies meet national requirements, assuring us that ourinfrastructure is built to the tightest code standard of theday.”Copyright 201673Accreditation Benefits forSpecial Inspection Agencies Helps SIAs get approved by building departments. Improves SIA’s existing program. Improves organization’s operational efficiency. Improves on delivery of inspection services. Increases qualifications of personnel. Creates a more level playing field when proposing onprojects.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO7437

Comments from an AccreditedSpecial Inspection Agency Stephen R. Johnson, Vice President andMaterials Department Manager, GeoTek, Inc.,Las Vegas, NV“The best part about this process is that it allowed us to reviewour current program with an eye on improvement. In fact, weenacted several beneficial procedures to meet theserequirements and help us provide better service to our clients.”“We’ve had some unexpected benefits. Accreditation has alsohelped us qualify with a nationally-based client that typicallyrequires agencies to follow a client-defined internal process forassessment. Because of the accreditation, we developed arelationship with this client and were able to stand out from ourcompetitors.”Copyright 201675Basis for IAS Special InspectionAgency Accreditation International Building Code (IBC),Chapter 17 IAS Accreditation Criteria – AC291 ISO/IEC 17020, Conformityassessment – Requirements for theoperation of various types of bodiesperforming inspection (applicableportions)Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO7638

Accreditation Criteria(AC291) Basis for the Special Inspection Agency Accreditation Program. Available on the IAS website. May be updated as needed.Copyright 201677Basis for Approving AgenciesIAS accreditation provides building departments withinformation the code requires to approve SIAs:IBC 1703.1 – Approved Agencies: An approved agencyshall provide all information as necessary for the buildingofficial to determine that the agency meets the applicablerequirements. Independency. . .no conflicts of interest. Equipment. . .adequate to perform required tests. Personnel. . .shall employ experienced/knowledgeablein conducting, supervising, and evaluating tests and/orinspections.Copyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO7839

Accreditation Criteria(AC291)A Few of the Items Covered in the Criteria: Competence of special inspectors (interviews, fieldobservations) Policies and procedures (inspections, reporting, samplehandling, subcontracting, complaints) Tools (code books, data sheets, inspection forms,equipment) Records (inspections, training, etc.)Copyright 201679Accreditation Criteria(AC291)1.0 INTRODUCTION1.1 Scope [of Program]1.2 Reference and Normative Documents2.0 DEFINITIONSCopyright 20162016 ICC Annual Conference Education ProgramsKansas City, MO8040

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2016 ICC Annual Conference Education Programs Kansas City, MO 10 Benefits of Special Inspections FOR THE CONTRACTOR: Special inspections can be available during times when the building department is not available, ensuring construction stays on schedule. Special inspection