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How Wind Uplift Can Affect a Commercial Building’s Roof

Terms You Should Know: wind uplift: The upward-acting pressure on a roof’s components resulting from wind traveling across the roof. windward: The side of the building that’s facing the wind. leeward: The side of the building that’s sheltered from the wind; downwind. Wind Forces A building is an obstruction to wind flow and causes a…

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Reinforced Concrete Structures: Conventionally Reinforced Concrete vs. Pre-Stressed Concrete

Terms You Should Know: post-tensioning: a pre-stressing technique where steel strands are tensioned after the concrete is cast pre-stressed: concrete that undergoes internal stresses from reinforcing steel strands to offset tension stress of future loads pre-tensioning: a pre-stressing technique where steel strands are tensioned prior to the concrete being cast rebar: nickname for reinforcing bar…

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Anatomy of a Commercial Property Inspection Proposal

Introduction Property Address & Building Description Standards of Practice Scope of Work Fees & Retainer Establish Your Delivery Timeframe & Method Create an Expiration Date Acceptance How to Draft a Commercial Property Inspection Proposal The client may have limited experience with commercial property inspections and building systems and components, so it important for the inspector…

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Commercial Property Inspection Proposal: Do I Need One?

The commercial property inspector should typically expect to propose a quote for a job in one of two ways: solely over the phone; or in a written proposal. The latter is the more formal method, but both ways require preliminary research about the property to be conducted before quoting a fee. The best method for…

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Commercial Property Inspection Proposal

Once the inspector establishes a fee for his/her services, he or she needs to present it to their client for approval and acceptance. Unlike a residential inspection, where the inspector typically discusses the fee and schedules the inspection during the initial conversation, in most cases, the fee for a commercial property inspection should be formally…

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COVID-19: A Guide for Commercial Property Inspectors

(Last updated:  March 31, 2020) I. Introduction II. What Is COVID-19? III. Resources to Track the Spread of COVID-19 in North America and Globally IV. Resources to Track Legislation Related to COVID-19 V. COVID-19 Safety Standards VI. Standards Specific to Commercial Property Inspectors VII. Incorporating Safety Standards and Policies Companywide VIII. Print and Video Resources…

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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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