Significant Changes to the 2018 IPC, IMC, IGFC

posted Nov 15, 2018, 6:23 AM by Code MO   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 6:24 AM ]

Significant Changes to the 2018 Plumbing, Mechanical, Gas codes. 
Thursday, December 6th 2018
Seminar time 8:30 to 3:00
6 contact hours
Springfield Botanical Center 2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield MO


This training is designed for Plans Examiners, Building Inspectors, Contractors, Architects and Engineers. Throughout the training, we will review Changes to the 2018 plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas model codes, as well as hold a general discussion as to why these changes have been made and why. Overall, attendees will leave this program encouraged, informed and with helpful hints and techniques pertaining to their field of work.

Instructor:  Richard Anderson is Currently Division Manager Building Inspection and Service Center City of Austin Development Services, 8 months as Residential inspection supervisor City of Austin, 4.5 Years as Chief Plumbing/Mechanical & Irrigation Inspector City of Amarillo,18 Years Residential and Commercial Experience with 10 years as Master Plumber and 7 as Plumbing Department Supervisor,10 years with Refrigeration License A with combination endorsement, 3 years PHCC instructor for HVAC Professional Continuing Education, 4 years PHCC instructor for Plumbing Professional Continuing Education 

2018_IRC Significant Changes

posted Sep 7, 2018, 6:03 AM by Code MO

2018 IRC Significant Changes: 6 contact hours



The goal of this seminar is to familiarize building officials, fire officials, plans examiners, inspectors, design professionals, contractors, and others in the construction industry with many of the important changes in the 2018 International Residential Code® (IRC®). The major changes to the 2018 IRC will be presented. Participants will discuss the changes, reasons for the changes, and take part in knowledge review activities. Information presented will allow participants to apply these new code requirements to design, plan review, and/or inspection. The seminar uses the publication, Significant Changes to the International Residential Code®, 2018 Edition

Instructor:  Russell Thornburg:

With over 31 years of experience, Russell Thornburg brings to the classroom first-hand knowledge of many aspects of the building industry from the basics of home ownership, to general contracting, to field inspection and plans examiner.  For more than twenty years he was self-employed as a licensed general contractor, and has over 17 years of experience working for municipalities in the state of Minnesota and Kansas.  During this time, he began teaching Building Inspection Technology programs for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, as well as Continuing Education Seminars from around the country and ICC chapters.  After a short stint serving as Program Director for Johnson County Contractor Licensing of KS he has returned to Texas and now writes and develops code seminars and presents these programs for various organizations, including municipalities, institutes, ICC chapters, Home Builders Associations, and industries throughout the United States.

Firestopping Requirements

posted Mar 9, 2018, 12:22 PM by Code MO

Join SMCO Tuesday, April 10, 2018 for a much need training on the topic of firestopping.  Most buildings built by current codes require some type of protection.


This training is designed for Plans Examiners, Fire and Building Inspectors, Contractors, Architects and Engineers. Throughout the training, we will review the firestopping requirements of the International Building code, as well as hold a general discussion as to why firestop inspections have proven to be one of the most difficult challenges for code officials. Methods to achieve code-compliant firestop systems for joints, perimeter containment, through and membrane-penetrations will be provided, and we will discuss the new ASTM firestop inspection standards.  This training will also provide an overview of draftstopping and fireblocking.  Overall, attendees will leave this program encouraged, informed and with helpful hints and techniques pertaining to their field of work.

May is Building Safety Month

posted Mar 9, 2018, 12:19 PM by Code MO

May is building safety Month.  Go to for more information

Missouri House Bill

posted Mar 9, 2018, 12:12 PM by Code MO

As I'm sure many of you have now seen this legislation, I'm making sure it has made the rounds.  My legislative tracking service flagged it yesterday and I also received several emails on it as well.  Attached is the text for your review.  As you will see, it is a "game changer".

NFPA Fire Prevention Week

posted Oct 11, 2017, 7:03 AM by Code MO

October 8th through 14th is National Fire Prevention Week
 “Every second counts plan 2 ways out”

Special Inspection: Administration and Applications

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:56 AM by Code MO   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 5:59 AM ]

Wednesday October 11, 2017
Springfield Botanical center  2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO  
Instructor: Sandra Hyde
Credit:  6 contact hours

This seminar is an overview of the Special Inspection Categories listed in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code® (IBC®). We will highlight the special inspector’s duties, other stakeholders’ duties, jurisdictional Inspection vs. special inspection, and building department duties. • Describe the special inspections required in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code® (IBC®). • Identify the tasks and required skills of the special inspector in the construction process. • Identify the other stake holders in the special inspection process and their duties. • Describe the steps and details involved in a creating special inspection program.

Spring Training 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:51 AM by Code MO   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 9:23 AM ]

Fire Suppression Systems for Commercial Kitchens and Interior Finishes

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017        Click here to fill out the registration form

This presentation provides a detailed look at the code requirements for the protection of commercial kitchens, along with the standards and testing process involved with the UL certification of the fire suppression systems. 

This presentation provides a detailed look at the requirements of the International Building Code for interior finishes covered in chapter 8, along with the standards and testing process involved with the UL certifications of the various products. 

Who should attend: Code officials, architects, engineers, Mechanical contractors, Fire suppression contractors, anyone instrested in gaining more knowledge of how to make building safer. 

Speaker - Rich Walke

Rich is a Senior Regulatory Engineer with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in Northbrook, IL.  His responsibilities include providing fire protection related technical support to the regulatory community, providing educational seminars, developing internet based training programs, interacting on code change activities and serving as a liaison between the UL engineering staff and the regulatory community.  Prior to this assignment, Rich was actively engaged in fire protection engineering for 29 years.  He provided the supervisory and review activities of engineering investigations conducted on fire resistive construction, through-penetration firestop systems, joint systems, perimeter fire containment systems, fire resistive electrical outlet boxes, electrical circuit protections systems, fire resistive grease and air ducts systems, interior finish building materials, air duct materials and solid fuel heating appliances.

Rich recently had the honor of serving on the Fire Safety Committee at the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Memphis in April of 2015.  He is also a member of the NFPA 101/5000 Fire Protection Features and NFPA 220/221 Building Construction Committees.

Rich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1976.  He is currently a Certified Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality Control.

Mixed Occupancies and Smoke and Fire Separation Seminar 12/01/16

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:11 AM by Code MO   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 7:58 AM ]

SMCO & The International Code Council (ICC) are pleased to offer a two part educational seminar covering the 2012 IBC Mixed Occupancies and 2012 IBC Use of Smoke & Fire Separations. SMCO wishes to invite all interested parties to join us.  Registration fees include seminar handout, breakfast, lunch and certificates of completion citing 6 contact hours = 0.6 CEUs (Design Professionals must self report).

2012 IBC Mixed Occupancies 3 contact hours

Based on the provisions of IBC Section 508, this seminar addresses those special requirements applicable to buildings containing two or more occupancy classifications. The three mixed-occupancy options are presented along with examples and exercises that illustrate the proper application of the provisions. Specific topics include:

  • Occupancy classification

  • Mixed occupancy conditions

  • Accessory occupancies

  • Non-separated occupancies

  • Separated occupancies

  • Multi-story conditions

2012 IBC USE OF SMOKE & FIRE SEPARATION 3 contact hours

This seminar identifies the many and varied conditions identified in the IBC where fire and/or smoke separations are required. The discussion will focus on those required locations where fire-resistance-rated wall and horizontal assemblies, as well as smoke-resistive wall and horizontal assemblies are either required by the IBC or utilized by design professionals as alternative approaches to code compliance. Such locations include the selective or mandated use of fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers, horizontal assemblies and other separation elements. Specific topics include:

  • Separated occupancies

  • Control areas

  • Incidental use areas

  • Institutional and residential occupancies

  • Exit-ways

  • Smoke compartments

  • Fire areas

  • Separate buildings

  • Shaft enclosures

2400 S Scenic Ave

Where: Springfield Botanical Center  2400 S Scenic Ave

2400 S Scenic Ave

Date:  Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
Registration: 8:15 - 8:30
Seminar: 8:30 - 4:30
Credits:  7 contact hours .7 CEU's
Cost:  $90.00 for non SMCO members, $75.00 for members, no cost for students with ID

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