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Retail Property Inspection

Retail property inspections are performed on a range of commercial spaces, from small facilities like pad sites and individual suites, to large complexes like malls, shopping centers, and power centers. The clientele for these inspections includes investors, lessors, and current and prospective lessees. Retail markets are competitive for all businesses, both for their product or…

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Office Real Estate Inspection

Office real estate inspections are provided for a range of commercial businesses.  These include various business professionals, medical and dental practices, tech firms, and more for different types of real estate transactions. Such an inspection can occur before the purchase or sale of a commercial property, or at any time during the lease of the…

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Multi-Unit Residential Property Inspection

A multi-unit residential property inspection is performed for a range of clientele, including mortgage lenders, investors, condominium associations, and property managers, and for a variety of different real estate transactions, or as part of a standard maintenance and repair strategy. Unlike most commercial properties, a multi-dwelling property experiences continual usage as long as the unit…

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Industrial Building Inspection

Industrial building inspections are performed on many types of commercial spaces, including manufacturing facilities (both light assembly and heavy manufacturing), warehouses, flex spaces, commercial condominiums, distribution centers, art studios, showrooms, and similar buildings. Commercial inspectors understand that industrial buildings are dynamic. They encompass many different types of production and storage, and, in some cases, operate…

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Hospitality Real Estate Inspection

Hospitality real estate inspections are performed for hotels, motels, resorts, and convention centers for a variety of clientele, real estate transactions, and as part of a standard maintenance and repair strategy. Commercial inspectors recognize that hospitality real estate is dynamic. Such a property hosts and serves guests and its workforce 24 hours a day, 365…

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Commercial Rooftop Unit (RTU) Basics

The RTU is the most widely used commercial heating and the cooling unit found in the U.S. The rooftop unit is sometimes called a package unit, as all its components are contained in one unit. The RTU is usually a direct-expansion (DX) unitary system, which means that the air is cooled by a refrigerant, and…

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Central Plant Systems and Chilled Water Systems

Central plant systems typically consist of components to provide chilled water for cooling, and use a boiler for heating water. Boilers typically operate at 17º F to 200º F, although most units that are manufactured currently are computer-controlled and may operate at as low as 100º F, depending on the exterior temperatures and the heat…

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Accessibility Inspection for Existing Commercial Buildings Course

This online course reviews the Accessibility Inspection Report found in Section 15 of the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) and teaches the student how to perform a standard accessibility inspection on an existing commercial building. The Accessibility Inspection Report contains vital information pertaining to the safety and accessibility of a property.…

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Reference Sheets for Low-Slope Roof Inspections

CCPIA has downloadable Reference Sheets for Low-Slope Roof Inspections for members to use. The types of low-slope roofing systems included are built-up roofs (BUR), modified bitumen roofs, single-ply roofs (TPO, PVC, EPDM), and metal roofs. Use it in the field and make edits as you complete CCPIA’s Inspecting Low-Slope Roof Course for Commercial Property Inspectors,…