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A Special Message from Your 2019-20 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to see and meet many of you at recent CALBO training events. With the large attendance at the Newport Beach and San Ramon Education Weeks, and registrations coming in for the upcoming Ontario and Burlingame Education Weeks, it is clear that training and education is a top priority for building departments and industry professionals statewide. Code changes and code adoption will continue to be a significant part of our schedules in the next several months. Thank you to the entire membership – whether you are a course attendee, instructor, course developer, or you are performing the code adoption – for all of your commitments, which demonstrate our membership’s dedication to the profession. 

As the first legislative session under Governor Newsom comes to a close, CALBO, along with many other organizations, are looking at which bills he signs into law to set his policies and priorities. The Governor has until October 13 to sign or veto bills passed by the legislature.  This will help us prepare for the second year since many bills that CALBO monitored this year have become two-year bills. This year, CALBO’s legislative priorities focused on seismic resiliency, accessory dwelling units, and disaster recovery. Through the CALBO Board, membership, and staff’s active efforts with state legislators and partnership organizations, like the League of California Cities, CALBO’s positions centered on the impact on building departments that include code implementation, administration, staffing, and funding.

One of CALBO’s focus this year is the seismic inventory bill, AB 429, by Assembly Member Nazarian. After CALBO opposed the bill in 2018, which identified local funds as a possible funding source for the program, this year CALBO collaborated with the Assembly Member on a bill that would require the Seismic Safety Commission to identify funding (that may include state funds and federal grants) and develop a process for a third party to create an inventory of potentially seismically vulnerable buildings. The bill was also amended to apply only to the most seismically vulnerable counties. Since the bill was moved to the Inactive File, it is now a two-year bill and will continue to be a focus for CALBO in 2020.

The state legislature put forth numerous housing bills this year ranging from housing production to tenant protection; among the housing bills is SB 13 (Wieckowski), a bill on Accessory Dwelling Units. CALBO closely monitored this bill and actively engaged with the author’s office throughout the year to address our concerns.  To read about the details of CALBO’s legislative advocacy, please see the thorough legislative update from Katie Almand, CALBO’s Director of Public Affairs, in this CALBO Newsletter.  

Several exciting opportunities to advance and promote our building-safety profession are just around the corner. At the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo in Long Beach this month, CALBO and the International Code Council (ICC) are partnering to host a speaker series on seismic safety and resiliency at an expanded booth in the Expo Hall. Right after this League Expo is the ICC Annual Conference, Expo, and Code Hearings in Las Vegas. For the Code Hearings, given that there are many regional or local ICC Chapter code committees actively working on code development, CALBO has created a webpage to post the Chapter committees’ coordination of code change proposals.  We hope this will provide a valuable tool for those attending the Code Hearings. With the shorter travel distance to the League of California Cities Annual Conference and ICC Annual Conference, I encourage CALBO membership to have a strong presence at these events.

With so many educational and conference events ahead of us, I am looking forward to seeing and catching up with many of our members. See you soon!


Sharon Goei, P.E., C.B.O
Director of Building and Housing
City of Milpitas


CALBO Training Institute

Dear Fellow Building and Life Safety Colleagues,

Welcome to the CALBO Training Institute (CTI) informational page about how to get involved and training requests. CTI is the educational branch of California Building Officials (CALBO), striving to be your first choice for quality, informative, and innovative trainings.


2019 Means of Egress: Overview
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20352

This course explains basic exiting requirements of the 2019 California Building Code: Chapter 10 as well as the general requirements and explanation of the three part means of egress system. Attendees will learn practical methods of reviewing and inspecting egress systems. Permit technicians, building and fire plan reviewers, inspectors and anyone interested in learning more about egress are encouraged to attend. This course provides clarifications included in the 2019 Code Changes from the California State Fire Marshal’s adoption of CBC/CFC Chapter 10 and CC & R Title 19.


A Brief Message from CALBO Training Institute Chair, Bob Latz

Greetings CALBO Friends,

The new code books are available, and what better way to either find out what is new and changed or to revisit existing requirements than to attend the upcoming Education Weeks. We have another great year of training available this year as we prepare for another new code cycle. The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) has developed and prepared a variety of technically informative and interesting courses for your training needs. We are here to provide a year of valued educational experiences whether at the Education Weeks or through Independent Offerings across California. All courses have been created to provide practical applications and interpretations bringing California building departments the finest building-safety training available.

This year, CTI has been focused on bringing you the latest updates through code changes that will benefit both seasoned building-safety department personnel and newly recruited industry members. Please take the time to review the courses listed in the Annual Training Catalog to find what best suits your training needs. Each course listed provides a course title and description to help you select the courses you desire. If you have any questions regarding the Education Week curriculum, please do not hesitate to reach out to CALBO staff, myself or the CTI Commission.

With this being a code change year, CTI knows the importance of getting all of your staff members to the enriched training available. For the first time, CTI is hosting four Education Weeks: Newport Beach from August 26-29, San Ramon from September 9-12, Ontario from October 14-17, and Burlingame from December 16-19. Look for other optional training opportunities listed as Independent Offerings. CTI hopes that an expansion of Education Weeks and Independent Offerings provides flexibility for departments and industry companies to send their staff between venues allowing more time in the classroom throughout the entire year. Thank you for your support through attendance and feedback as we continue to expand valuable training opportunities.

CTI continues to be a leader in quality education as an International Code Council Preferred Provider. Each CTI course has been approved and can be used toward the CEU requirements for renewing your certifications.

I would personally like to thank you – CALBO members, consultants, and industry representatives for your support of all CTI endeavors, especially Education Weeks. Thank you to the CTI Commissioners, course developers and instructors who volunteer their time and expertise to create essential and meaningful programs. Without each of you, CTI would not be able to provide the premier quality education you deserve. 

We look forward to seeing all of you as we come together for training and professional development this year!


Bob Latz, C.B.O.
Regional Manager
CSG Consultants, Inc.


2019 CALBO Education Weeks: New Course Highlights

Did you know that there are almost twenty newly developed courses offered this year at CALBO Education Weeks? The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) Commissioners and CALBO staff have worked tirelessly to develop courses that are not only technically insightful and proficient, but provide real-life experiences that building-safety department staff can encounter on a day-to-day basis. It is CTI’s goal to furnish building departments staff with tools to keep active and up-to-date on code changes and amendments, new technology, and advanced thinking on issues related to our industry. 

Some of the new courses offered this year are:

- 2019 California Energy Code: Nonresidential Submittal Requirements (Half Day)
- 2019 California Energy Code: Residential Submittal Requirements (Half Day)
- 2019 California Nonresidential and Residential Energy Standards: Overview
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility in Public Buildings, Public Accommodations, Commercial Buildings and Public Housing
- 2019 California Electrical Code: Overview
- 2019 Means of Egress: Overview
- Accessory Structures, Decks, Carports and Patio Covers
- An In Depth Review of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems and Overview of Commercial Hood Suppression System
- Applying Accessibility Requirements to Alterations
- From Model Code to California Code Amendments and Adoption: The Code Development Process Explained
- Housing A to Z: Overview of Various Types of Accessible Housing
- Inspection for Solar Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems
- Plan Check for Solar Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems
Plan Review of Residential Additions
- Simplified Structural Plan Review
- The Essentials for Permit Technicians
- Understanding Access Law in California: Accessibility, Statutory Case Law and Code Enforcement for Existing Public Accommodations


Inspection for Solar Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20362

This course covers the elements required to perform field inspections of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, including observing the structural mounting, fire service access, and electrical aspects needed for a code-compliant installation. Attendees will learn how to confirm that the submitted plans were properly followed and recognize the common field mistakes that installers make with solar PV systems. A checklist is provided to help guide the inspector through the review process.


An In Depth Review of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems and Overview of Commercial Hood Suppression Systems
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20408

This course discusses single-family residential fire sprinkler systems, based on the 2016 Edition of NFPA 13D and the major changes to the 2019 edition along with the amendments made by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. It focuses on some of the big ticket items duringplan checking and inspections. A brief discussion regarding commercial hood suppression systems is also provided. This course benefits building and fire officials, plans examiners, inspectors, design professionals, contractors and the construction industry.

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CALBO Education Weeks: Newport Beach & Burlingame
Lunch and Learn with Energy Code Ace

FREE for ALL CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach and Burlingame Attendees
Limited Seating – First-come, first served for this special opportunity!

You’re invited to attend “Lunch and Learn,” a special lunch presentation on “Q&Ace: How to Ace Energy Code Questions.” Join us to learn how-to quickly and effectively respond to your customers’ top six most commonly asked energy code questions using Energy Code Acetools and resources. Additionally, we’ll discuss how to best prioritize time based on which requests may yield the most energy savings.

You’ve gained code knowledge in the classroom – now learn what freetools, training, and resources are available for you and your building department! All aimed to help decrease the amount of time currently spent explaining energy code requirements and forms to customers, reviewing plans and forms, and performing inspections.


Implementation of Cloud-Based Permit System – City of Stockton Experience
Written By: John Schweigerdt, City of Stockton - CALBO Innovative Practices Committee


As government entities continue to try and provide more services with less resources, they may look toward technology improvements to increase efficiency and streamline services. One of the many government software solutions that may require updating is the permitting system used for development services permits such as building, planning, and engineering permits. While there are a variety of different systems available, there are generally two different types; cloud-based systems and in-house or “self-hosted” systems. This paper will outline the experience the City of Stockton had with implementing a cloud-based permitting system. 


Plan Review of Residential Additions
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20350

This course covers the basic requirements that should be found in a set of plans for a residential room addition. Whether it is a standard room addition, a converted patio enclosure or patio cover, or a garage conversion, this course highlights typical issues and special requirements encountered based on the different types of additions. Attendees will learn how each of the different trades come together in the various room addition types. Attendees will also be asked to consider the existing conditions and how the room addition affects the existing dwelling or structure.


Plan Check for Solar Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 19749

This course covers the elements required to perform plan check of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, including structural mounting, fire service access, and electrical aspects needed for a complete plan submittal. Attendees will be able to recognize the key elements necessary for a complete plan submittal for a solar PV system. A set of guidelines are used as a template for these elements. Attendees will learn specific details on what a code-compliant plan includes for residential and small commercial solar PV installations.


Accessory Structures, Decks, Carports & Patio Covers
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20363

This course focuses on the conventional construction requirements for detached accessory structures, such as garages and sheds, residential decks, carports, and patio structures to ensure compliance with the California Residential Code. The intent of this course is to help building officials, permit technicians, and plans examiners quickly perform a review of these projects at the counter and building inspectors know what to look for in the field to ensure compliance with the code.


Simplified Structural Plan Review
0.6 CEUs - ICC Preferred Provider Course #: 20364

This course provides a step-by-step approach for performing a structural plan review to ensure that projects conform to the structural requirements of the California Building Code and California Residential Code. The review process provided is strictly for residential to moderately-sized commercial projects, as larger projects may require a more extensive structural review. The course does not teach how to perform structural calculations; rather, it explains how to verify the project’s design assumptions and overall compliance with the adopted code and their referenced standards.


A Special Message from Your 2019-20 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

With the code change upon us, I would like to highlight CALBO’s efforts to expand and refine training opportunities at the upcoming Annual Education Weeks this summer and fall. 

The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) has worked tirelessly to have all courses updated for the 2019 Codes. A total of 17 new courses covering both code changes and professional development will be offered. There are 11 new instructors and course developers offering new insights and perspectives – thank you to allthe instructors and course developers for creating and delivering informative and practical training to our profession!

For the first time, the CALBO Training Institute will offer four Education Weeks:

August 26-29, 2019 – Newport Beach Marriott

September 9-12, 2019 – San Ramon Marriott

October 14-17, 2019 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport

December 16-19, 2019 – Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (Burlingame)

In addition, Energy Code Ace will host the Lunch and Learn events at the Education Week: Newport Beach on Wednesday, August 28 and Education Week: Burlingame on Wednesday, December 18. This special lunch presentation is first-come, first-served covering the most commonly asked energy code questions using Energy Code Acetools and resources. This opportunity is not required; rather, it is offered to enhance learning opportunties outside of the classroom for students. A special thank you to Energy Code Ace for their sponsorship!

There will also be many opportunities to learn about industry products and services as over two dozen companies and organizations are participating in the Education Week Exhibitor Programs. Don’t forget to stop by the booths during the course breaks.

Let’s get ready to learn! Looking forward to seeing you at the Education Weeks over the next few months.


Sharon Goei, P.E., C.B.O
Director of Building and Housing
City of Milpitas


Thank you to the following companies, agencies & organizations for their upcoming participation in the 2019 CALBO Education Weeks: Exhibitor Program!

The CALBO Training Institute hosts its Education Weeks throughout the Golden State to provide continuing education for California building departments. Dozens of state agencies, organizations, and companies participate by exhibiting in Newport Beach, San Ramon, Ontario and Burlingame. Please make the time to visit the participating exhibitors to learn more about up-to-date innovative products and services.