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Free Custom Website for Commercial Inspectors

Members of the Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association (CCPIA) receive a custom one-page website free with their membership (mobile-friendly). This one-page website will have the following features customized to your commercial business: Business logo placement Business name and contact information Inspector’s name Inspector’s credentials and brief bio Custom-branded video Map of service area Description of…

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Free Marketing One-Sheets for Commercial Inspection Services

Use CCPIA’s free marketing one-sheets to sell your services to prospective clients. There are ten different marketing one-sheets for different services. Each of them comes in three different styles/formats, including a ready-to-print PDF, and two editable and customizable Word.docs. The customizable versions are templates for you to add your logo and business information, plus you…

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Some Thoughts on Electrical Inspections at a Commercial Property

By Paul Roebuck, CMI® As home inspectors, we are often asked if we can perform inspections on commercial properties. While this can open a new avenue of revenue opportunities, some home inspectors simply choose to stay away from performing commercial inspections. There are many differences and similarities between residential and commercial inspections. Inspecting smaller commercial…

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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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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. Each reference sheet includes: a description of the roofing system and relevant subcategories; its principle components; average lifespan; its pros;…

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How to Use CCPIA’s Free Social Media Graphics for Inspectors

Ready-to-Use Graphics CCPIA has a variety of social media graphics and templates available for members to use. These ready-to-use graphics may be downloaded directly from our website and posted to your social media accounts, inspection company website, and email blasts, and any other marketing and advertising medium within seconds. When implementing the ready-to-use graphics in…

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Pre-Inspection Process for Commercial Roofing Systems

Scope of the Inspection Standards of Practice When entering into an agreement to inspect a property, it’s common for the inspector to include in the agreement the Standards of Practice that will form the basis for his inspection. Members of CCPIA perform commercial building inspections according to the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial…

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The Thermodynamics of Thermal Insulation

Terms You Should Know Thermal conductivity Thermal conductivity is the K-value. It is the measure of a material’s ability to conduct heat. A low K-value indicates that the material does not allow heat energy to easily pass through. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), a material must have a K-value of 0.5 or…

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Types of Low-Slope Roof Thermal Insulation

The insulation used in low-slope roof assemblies typically falls into one of the four categories: rigid board insulation; dual-purpose structural deck and insulating planks; lightweight insulating concrete (LWIC); or sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF). Rigid Board Insulation Rigid board insulation is the most common type of insulation used in low-slope commercial roofing. It is made from…

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