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We’re Growing Again! Two New Page’s Added to Our Site!

We’ve added two new pages to our site recently!

Our first new page is a collaboration with North America Deck & Railing Association  and it allows visitors to to find deck inspectors that have passed NADRA’s Deck Inspection Training. You’ll go to NADRA’s page when you click on their links.

Click here to find a deck inspector in the US & Canada. 



The second page we’ve recently added is for online web based courses on decks NADRA has an agreement with the Building Code College for you to either audit four courses on deck building, or to sign up and become a certified decking expert. The first version is free and we encourage everyone to audit the courses, Glen Mathewson, a recognized deck expert on building codes, wrote most if not all of the material. If you build/frame decks, this knowledge is very important. Take the time to take advantage of these educational opportunities and lets work towards making decks as safe as they can be.

Click here to start your way to becoming code proficient.




Oregon State Bar Holding Construction Defect Seminar

Saw this seminar from a google alert. Water infiltration mold and more…


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National Business Institute Presents Construction Defect Seminar

Saw this seminar on my Google alerts…legal professionals in the Mid-West may want to consider attending…

Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z $329.00

$319 Each Additional

Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Facility Phone: 515-223-1800
Product ID#: 55048ER

Program Description

Discover the Key Elements That Can Make or Break a Construction Defect Case

The field of construction defect litigation is growing and changing at a rapid pace. Get updates on new rulings and laws from experienced professionals in the field, and walk through the profoundly complex and often emotionally-charged construction defect dispute – from defining a defect, determining liability, uncovering insurance nuances and taking your case to trial. Register today!

•Stay in-the-know on the quickly changing legislation, new rulings and reinterpretations of construction defect laws.
•Argue your case with confidence: Know the nuances of the regulations that define and govern construction defects.
•Combine your intimate understanding of defect regulations with building code and construction plan analysis to determine standards of care, one of the keys to winning your case.
•Protect your client’s legal and financial interests by understanding the obligations behind equitable and contractual indemnification.
•Become familiar with plaintiff and defense perspectives on the legal responsibilities of all parties involved in construction.
•Learn how to effectively manage liability risk by knowing insurance coverage variations and limitations.
•Discover how to lower liability risks with easy-to-administer tips from a professional in the field.
•Examine how OCIP and CCIP can be valuable insurance options in today’s construction lawsuit environment.
•Grab the competitive advantage during defect disputes by knowing what the opposing side typically argues.
•Discover what pretrial preparation will pave the way for a successful verdict.

Who Should Attend

This intermediate level program will provide a comprehensive overview of construction defects, regulations, liability and litigation for:
•Insurance Claims Managers

Course Content

I.Anatomy of a Defect: What it is and the Rules That Apply
II.Indemnity Provisions: Is the Subcontractor Responsible? What About the Design Professional?
III.Case Law Updates: Rulings That Affect Your World
IV.Insurance: Covered vs. Uncovered?
V.Litigation: Allegations, Defenses and Proving Your Case
VI.Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credits:
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00
International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

* denotes specialty credits
Learn More – View Credit Detail

Agenda / Content Covered:

9:00 – 10:00, Stephen R. Eckley
•What Constitutes a “Defect?”
(Includes: Construction Defect vs. Nuisance Claim, Defect Categories, Common Types of Patent and Latent Defects) •Federal, State, and Local Regulations Regarding Construction Defects

(Includes: Building Codes and Standards, Warranties and Magnuson-Moss, Miller Act, “Right to Repair/Right to Cure” Law, Statute of Limitations and Repose, Assignment of Claims, State and Local Regulations) •Determining Standards of Care INDEMNITY PROVISIONS: IS THE SUBCONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE? WHAT ABOUT THE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL?

10:15 – 11:15, Robert L. Johnson

•Key Contract and Subcontract Provisions, Including AIA and Consensus DOCS •The Difference Between “Defend,” “Hold Harmless” and “Indemnity” •The Role of “Additional Insured” •Common Law Indemnity •Economic Loss Rule •Waiver, Variation and Estoppel •Standards of Care for Design Professionals •Joint and Several Liability CASE LAW UPDATES: RULINGS THAT AFFECT YOUR WORLD

11:15 – 12:00, Stephen R. Eckley


1:00 – 2:15, Thomas P. Murphy

•Commercial General Liability Insurance – Coverage Issues •Duties of Defense •Indemnity •Insurance Debates

(Includes: Fortuity Principles, Known Loss, Occurrence Definitions, Four Corners Rule, Contra Proferentem Rule, Rule of Reasonable Expectations, Illusory Coverage Doctrine) •Surety Bonds •Wrap Insurance Options: OCIP or CCIP •Case Law: Class Action Suits LITIGATION: ALLEGATIONS, DEFENSES, AND PROVING YOUR CASE

2:30 – 3:30, Robert L. Johnson

•Common Allegations and Defenses •Notice of Claim •Discovery •Jury Instructions •Essential Evidence: Preservation and Extrapolation •Expert Depositions •Procedural Issues •Damages: What can be Recovered? •Alternative Dispute Resolution ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

3:30 – 4:30, Thomas P. Murphy

•Joint Defenses •Conflict of Interest •Representing Multiple Parties •How Lawyers can Avoid Being Witnesses

STEPHEN R. ECKLEY is an attorney with Belin McCormick, P.C. Mr. Eckley has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator. His specialty is civil trial practice. Mr. Eckley has first-chaired dozens of civil jury trials and has won favorable verdicts for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases involving business torts, breach of contract, personal injury, general negligence, professional negligence, property damage, construction defects, products liability, insurance coverage, indemnity, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, and fraud. In addition to trying cases, he has a strong background in mediation, arbitration, complex civil litigation, and appellate work. Mr. Eckley has served as national litigation counsel for a manufacturer of cleaning products. He enjoys advising clients with respect to the avoidance of litigation as much as helping clients who find themselves in litigation. Mr. Eckley is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He currently serves as vice president of the 1200-member Polk County Bar Association and has previously served as president of numerous civic organizations. Mr. Eckley earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Drake University and his J.D. degree from Harvard University.

ROBERT L. JOHNSON is an attorney with Finley, Alt, Smith Scharnberg, Craig, Hilmes & Gaffney, P.C., where his main areas of practice are civil trial, legal malpractice, and construction and design law. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Johnson was with the firm Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Goodwin, LLP in Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego, California. He was a member of the University of San Diego Law Review. Mr. Johnson’s primary practice area is professional negligence, including the defense of attorneys, architects and engineers. He is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County bar associations. Mr. Johnson earned his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego.

THOMAS P. MURPHY is an attorney with Hopkins & Huebner, P.C., where his main areas of practice are insurance and litigation. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American bar associations. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Iowa. Mr. Murphy earned his B.A. degree from Marquette University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from Drake University.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am – 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890


Continuing Legal Education
IA CLE: 6.00

“Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z” is an accredited program under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide a maximum of 6.0 hours of regular credit toward the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit.

International Association for Continuing Education Training
 IACET: 0.60

NBI, Inc. has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102. NBI, Inc. DBA National Business Institute has awarded 0.6 CEUs to participants who successfully complete this program. (Provider #4558)


Chicago CSI Waterproofing/Roofing Seminars _Two Dates, Great Speakers

 Saw this seminar advertised when I got a Google alert…

Chicago area waterproofing contractors, architects and general’s should think about going…
Here’s the link to CSINet 

For seven years, this annual building envelope special event has reached capacity in two locations due to expert speakers recognized nationally for
their progressive and evolving knowledge of the building envelope.
Please join our three nationally recognized building envelope specialists, who are also Principals of their firms, for a detailed presentation of case
studies addressing specific building enclosure areas. Although each of these experts are involved in multiple disciplines and have knowledge in all
the areas addressed, we have assigned each presenter a specific topic. Each case study will include not only the issues, but the analysis, solutions
and lessons learned along the way. Continuing Education: 2.0 LU’s in HSW/SD
Below Grade Waterproofing
Larry Meyers, SE, PE, ALA
Principal, Wiss Janney, Elsner Associates, Inc.
Since joining WJE in 1987, Mr. Meyers has been recognized nationally in the areas of roofing and water-proofing has including
the investigation, inspection, repair design, and construction observation of over 700 structures. Both destructive and nondestructive
testing procedures of roofing and waterproofing systems are part of his expertise. His waterproofing experience
includes sheet membranes, fluid applied systems, built-up systems, bentonite materials, and cementitious applications for below
grade and plaza type applications. This also includes negative and positive side application, blindside waterproofing and zero lot
line applications.
Case Study:
Renovation of several mall / plazas of Sandburg Village, a complex with a variety of high, mid and low-rise buildings and landscaped central
pedestrian malls over parking garages, built from 1962 to 1972.
Renovations included extensive repairs to the plaza slabs, installation of a new waterproofing system with expansion joints, and creation of an
elevated urban garden that includes sidewalks, planters, and landscaping. Case studies will be used to discuss assessment techniques,
waterproofing solutions, and a restoration strategy. The presentation will focus on lessons learned in the design and performance of the
waterproofing systems incorporated in renovations.
Above Grade Vertical Enclosure
Kenneth M. Lies, CSI, AIA
Principal, Raths, Raths & Johnson
Joining RRJ in 1983, Ken has been involved in the investigation, evaluation, and rehabilitation of projects throughout the
country. He provides expertise in architectural technology, condition survey documentation, leakage diagnostics, material and
systems evaluations, contract document preparation/review, and testing. Mr. Lies has extensive experience with cladding and
building systems including window and curtain walls, waterproofing membranes, exterior insulation and finish systems
(EIFS),masonry, roofing, flashings, and coatings. His additional professional associations include Building Enclosure
Technology and Environment Council (BETEC). ASTM International – Committee E06.55, Performance of Building Walls and
Committee E06.58 -Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.
Case Study:
A 22-story 1970’s condominium building, plagued by water leakage, excessive air infiltration and poor thermal performance, was investigated for a
window replacement program. The building was constructed with cast-in-place concrete frame with the original strip windows supported on
unreinforced concrete block knee wall, which had developed anchorage concerns. Existing window and metal panel system was investigated as
well as a structural analysis of the spandrel panels and knee walls. The findings led to a complete replacement of the building envelope with a
curtain wall system. The replacement addressed strength deficiencies, building code wind load requirements, provided improved performance and
updated the buildings appearance and owner property values.
Building Enclosure – Case Studies from Top to Bottom
8th Annual Event Presented by CSI Chicago and Northern Illinois
and Association of Licensed Architects
Tuesday, February 22 in two locations
Roofing Systems
Kami Farahmandpour, PE, FRCI, RWC, CSI, CCS, CCA
Principal and founder
Building Technology Consultants, PC
Mr. Farahmandpour has been involved in the evaluation, testing and repair of construction materials and building envelope performance since 1984. He has managed over 400 projects, many which have involved multiple disciplines and complex building envelope issues. His professional experience includes investigation of deterioration, water and air leakage issues, assessments of building performance, code compliance, and repair alternatives. He is one of the founding member of Building Envelope Institute (BEI), chartered member of Chicago Area Chapter of RCI, Past Associated Director of Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute, and Fellow of RCI. Additional memberships include SWRI, ASTM, ACI, TMS, ICRI, ICC and NCRCA.
Case Studies:
Two case studies will be presented. First case study reviews investigation of leaks through a recently installed single-ply low-slope roofing system in a large warehouse building. The leaks were traced to inadequate condensation control and lack of an air barrier in the roofing assembly.
The second case study reviews investigation of leaks through a structural standing seam metal panel roofing system on a recently constructed school building. The leaks were attributed to installation deficiencies in the roofing system. Specifying a structural standing seam metal roofing system for a school building also comes into question.
Program Scheduled at Two Locations
Maggiano’s, 516 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-4284
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Tabletops
Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Presentation
Entrance at 111 W. Grand Ave. The restaurant is between Grand and Illinois. Valet parking will be available or there is a pay lot on the southeast corner of Clark and Grand. Please allow ample time for seating.
Meridian Banquets, 1701 Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, 847-952-8181
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Registration, Tabletops & Cash Bar
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Presentation
Meridian Banquets is east of the intersection of Algonquin and New Wilke Roads. From the north and south, take Rt. 53 and exit at Algonquin. Drive east about 1 mile to restaurant on the right. From Chicago, take Kennedy to NW Tollway (I-90). Exit Arlington Hts. Rd., north. Turn left (west) at Algonquin Rd. Restaurant is about 1.4 miles on the left (south).
Register online at starting January 15 or send form below with check
Please duplicate for multiple registrations. Cancellations must be received 5 days before meeting. No shows will be responsible for payment.
First Name ____________________________ Last Name __________________________________________
Address _________________________________ City _________________________ Zip ____________
Phone (____) ________________________ E-Mail (for confirmation) _______________________
Select one for Tuesday, Feb. 22
7:30 AM at Maggiano’s, Chicago 5:15 PM at Meridian Banquet., Rolling Meadows
ALA/CSI-Chicago & NI Member $25 ALA/CSI-Chicago & NI Member $35
Non-member $35 Non-member $45
(Make check payable to: ALA Illinois) Total enclosed $____________
To confirm reservation, payment must be received in advance. Send to:
ALA Illinois, 22159 N. Pepper Rd., Ste 2N, Barrington, IL 60010 Questions Call ALA 847-382-0630 or CSI 847-382-1924

JLC LIVE Returns To the West Coast After 3 Year Hiatus-2011 Portland OR


November 2, 2010, Dallas, Texas – After a 3 year hiatus due to the economy, JLC LIVE Residential Construction Events will re-launch a second regional event on the west coast  in December 2011 after numerous surveys and one-on-one phone calls.  The Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, Oregon was selected as the venue for the second JLC LIVE event.  The Exhibit Hall will be open December 8-9, with the conference program beginning Wednesday, December 7.  JLC LIVE is owned and produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and officially presented by the Journal of Light Construction, Remodeling Magazine and Tools of the Trade Magazine.

When asked about the decision to re-launch an event on the west coast, Amy Allen, Show Director for JLC LIVE, Remodeling Show and DeckExpo explained “we came to the conclusion that the economy is moving in a better direction which offers our exhibitors the exposure they expect in return for their investment in time, effort and dollars spent. Conversely, bringing JLC LIVE to Portland provides attendees in the region enough top manufacturers and education making attending worth their time away from the jobsite,” stated Amy Allen, Show Director for JLC LIVE. 
“Although the show may have been on hold for the past few years, it was the right decision to preserve the show’s future,” continued Allen.  “We appreciate the patience of our sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and other partners during this hiatus.”
The event website is currently under construction and should be live in December 2010.  Booth space assignments for the 2011 Northwest event are scheduled for spring of 2011.  Manufacturers or distributors interested in participating should call 800.471.4204.  Incentives will be in place for those who wish to participate in both the 2011 Northwest event and the 2012 New England event.
For more information about JLC LIVE please visit

Seminar on Construction Defect Litigation Scheduled for Jan 12, 2011