Building Inspector and Plans Examiner Course Descriptions

Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

BIPE 101C Introduction to the International Code Council (ICC) Codes  3-0-3
International Code Council's (ICC) building codes largely guide architecture, engineering, and construction industries to build safer and healthy built environment. Building codes continuously evolve in response to tragic incidents, technological advancements, and changing environmental dynamics. The scope and complexity of the building codes require practitioners, reviewers, and enforcers to remain well informed of the relevant building codes. Especially when federal, state, and local interpretations, adoptions, and enforcement vary.  A brief history of the code development in the USA explores the formation of various building codes in regards to the occupants' safety, health, well-being, and environmental issues.

BIPE 105C Construction Document Reading   3-0-3
This course introduces the fundamentals of reading construction documents for residential and commercial projects and drawing conventions. Section one of the course focuses on residential construction documents including the survey, off-site and site improvements, the structure, plumbing, mechanical, electrical systems, foundations and below-grade construction. Section two introduces commercial construction documents reading and applicable codes.

BIPE 110C Plan Review 3-0-3  
This Plan Review course highlights aspects of building planning review, fire protection systems review, means of egress, fire-resistance-rated construction and interior finishes review. Some of the topics include international building code plan review record, components of fire-rated construction, fire detection and fire suppression systems, and ADA based design requirements. The critical aspects of plan review process forms the basis of this course. (Prerequisites: BIPE 101C and BIPE 105C)

BIPE 115C State Construction Laws  3-0-3
This course surveys State Construction Laws from legal, practical, and professional dimensions. The topics include RSA's regarding Structure of Laws & Rules, Land Use Laws, Fire Code, Building Code, Conflicting and Complimenting RSA & Building Code, and other State Laws/ agencies including Licensing of Contractors/ Architects/ Engineers, Food  Service, ADA,  and Case Laws.  This course will enhance the student's understanding of construction problems from a building inspector's perspective by familiarizing you with the  critical aspects of construction law, its enforcement, and impacts on the construction industry and project costs.

BIPE 120C Legal Aspects of Enforcement   3-0-3
The Legal Aspects of Enforcement course provides an insight into the local government law, state and federal legislative laws, administration and enforcement, administrative and constitutional laws, property law concepts, liability for intentional wrongdoing, negligent wrongdoing, civil rights actions, and the role of the witness. Discussions particularly focus on the issues of misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, latches; preemption, sovereign immunity, injunctive relief, appeals process, and indemnification.

BIPE 125C Building Inspector Skills (Capstone)   3-0-3
Building Inspector Skills course highlights the essential roles, skills, and responsibilities of a building inspector including  careful inspections and reviews  to  ensure construction  complies with all applicable national and local codes, zoning  regulations,  and  contract  specifications. Major topics include safe buildings, approaches to inspection, getting along, customer service, doing the right thing, and communication.

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