Big News In ACIA Elections!


This year, for the very first time, we will be holding our Annual Election by email. The Board is very excited about this new development as it not only speeds up the election process, but is less costly as well, in terms of materials, postage and staff time. If the ACIA does not have an email address for you, you will receive a paper ballot as has been done in the past. However, we encourage you to send us an email address for future use.

For those current ACIA members who have an email address on file with us: On October 1, you will receive a ballot via email. You will have until October 25 to complete the ballot and return your votes. Please be sure to return the ballot via the same email that receives it so that we can correctly count your vote.

Above all, PLEASE VOTE! Remember: Student, Associate and Affiliate Members do not vote. If your membership is not current, you will not receive a ballot. RCI certificate holders who are not ACIA members will not receive a ballot.

Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions or if you wish to discuss this matter.

Executive Director


Rick McManis

Rick McManis

Our building industry has struggled during the past several years. The tenuous political climate has caused slashing of construction and renovation budgets. There are those outside of our industry that are trying to erode the need for professional inspection. It has become more important now than ever that all parties work together to protect the integrity of our industry and projects nation wide.

It is with respect and great pleasure that I introduce you to the Chief Building Official of East Palo Alto, Mr. Rick McManis. Rick’s forward thinking, advance planning, and proactive team work approach are unique in our industry. His philosophy that all divisions and types of inspectors, city building, DSA, RCI, engineering, OSHPD, and special inspectors are equally important in the professional inspection industry is refreshing.

Rick has been in the construction industry for over 38 years. His broad experience ranges from project superintendent, licensed building contractor, construction manager, plans examiner, and building official to the Chief Building Official of East Palo Alto. Rick is 1 of only 700 ICC Master Code Professionals in the world. Continue reading

Photos of Napa Area Earthquake Damage

A number of ACIA/RCI members who responded to the Office of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Personnel call out for First Responders in the Napa Earthquake Disaster area have sent us photos of the area. These are from Frank Presley, Sacramento-Sierra Chapter. We will be posting them from time to time as interest indicates. Information on how to receive OES/SAP training from the ACIA will be posted here soon. We appreciate our members who volunteered in this emergency situation.

Oak Street Victorian Home

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CALBO Legislative Update: AB 2188 Sent to the Governor

As of today Assembly Bill 2188 (Muratsuchi) has now passed both the Senate and the Assembly. The next and final step for AB 2188 is the Governor’s Office. There have been countless letters of opposition and many meetings held to explain the negative impacts of this bill on local jurisdictions.

Please help us continue our fight against AB 2188 by sending a VETO LETTER to Governor Jerry Brown.

Please fax your letters to (916) 558-3160 or mail them to Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814.

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6.0 Earthquake Jolts Napa, ACIA Responds

Earthquake crew

ACIA Inspectors continue to respond to requests from Napa area for assistance. From left Dickie Rundorss, S.E. (CEOC), Dave Karina, ACIA Past President, Jill Mercurio, Napa City Engineer, unknown inspector, and Bill Davis, also an ACIA Past President.

A 6.0 earthquake jolted Napa, California awake in the wee hours of Sunday morning, causing severe damage to buildings and infrastructure and injuring residents. Within hours, Cal-OES Safety Assessment Program personnel trained by the ACIA were gearing up to help. Once Governor Brown had declared a state of emergency and local officials had requested assistance, members of the American Construction Inspectors Association were mobilizing to head for Napa to perform assessment duties regarding damaged buildings and systems. Initial responders include ACIA Past President Dennis Dooley, President Elect Melvin Weidner, President Alisa King, Sacramento-Sierra Chapter President David Noel, and Sacramento-Sierra Chapter members Bob Johnson, Ed Hooper, and Frank Presley. Three additional ACIA trained first responders involved in this deployment are Dean Ismael, Don Dumford and Gabriel Orick. Dozens more ACIA members who hold Cal-OES SAP certifications are waiting in the wings if needed.

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CASp Report: Summer 2014

The DSA (California Division of the State Architect) has created a new quarterly Certified Access Specialist (CASp) newsletter. Each issue will feature information regarding state and federal regulations that affect CASp work, sample exam questions with explanations, and other CASp related resources.

Please check out the Summer 2014 CASp Newsletter.

OCCCSI Turns Golden! Construction Products & Services Expo 2014

Seminar: California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Speaker: Martyn Dodd

Residential Session One: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Non-Residential Session Two: 3:15 – 4:30 PM
Products Show: 4:30 – 7:30 PM

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated approximately every three years, with new 2013 standards in effect as early as July 1, 2014. Session One will explore changes that will impact residential Title 24 Standards while session number two will concentrate on non-residential changes.

This seminar will explore changes that impact residential and non-residential Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards. Discussion will focus on how these updates are intended to achieve significant energy savings through the development of reasonable, responsible, and cost-effective code change proposals.

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EPA Seeks Comment on Document Related to Lead

EPA Seeks Comment on Approach Document Related to Lead Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings

As part of EPA’s effort to determine if renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) activities in public and commercial buildings (P&CBs) create a lead-based paint hazard, EPA is seeking public comment on “Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead Due to Renovation Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings” (or Approach). The document describes in detail the modeling methodology that can be used to estimate the amount of lead in the environment, in people’s bodies and health effects related to exposure to lead-based paint as a result of renovation, repair and painting activities. Following public input, EPA will seek independent scientific peer review of the report.

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RCI Committee Adds New Specialties, Extends ACIA Membership

By Paul Beyl, Chair RCI Committee

ACIA logoThe RCI Committee has made a number of improvements and changes this past year.

First, we have developed two new RCI division III specialty categories: ADA Compliance inspector and Door Assembly inspector (I), (II), and (III).

The prerequisites for ADA Compliance Inspector are either a California Access Specialty Certification (CASP) or a Texas Registered Access Specialist (TAS) certification. We are in the process of developing our own training and exam for this specialty, but for now only CASP and TAS members will be eligible for this category.

The Door Assembly inspector category is divided into three sub-parts, (I) fire doors, (II) egress doors, and (III) door assembly inspector. The training and exam for part (I), fire doors, are now complete and available. The other two divisions are expected to be completed soon.

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