Occupancy Load Signs

Occupancy load refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function. The occupancy load must be posted on signs, which are sometimes called maximum occupancy signs, so that this information is publicly available. To exceed occupancy load or fail to post-occupancy load signs……

Visual Inspection of Concrete

Most information available about concrete is written for contractors, for those who design concrete mixes, and for those who perform invasive testing. The information provided here is specifically for those who perform non-invasive, visual inspections of concrete, such as home inspectors or commercial property inspectors using the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties. In……

Zoning Ordinances for Inspectors

Zoning ordinances are restrictions on land use set by local governments. These may be use-based or they may regulate lot coverage, building height, or a variety of other characteristics.  Inspectors can better serve their clients by learning how zoning laws affect construction in the areas in which they operate, although offering advice regarding zoning or……

Window Films

Business owners can employ a number of methods to “green up” their indoor environments to make the interior more comfortable and to lower heating and cooling costs.  One method is installing window film.  Window film is represented in three general categories.  Most familiar to consumers is the tinted cellophane-type material that can be applied temporarily……

Steel Siding Inspection

Steel siding includes a variety of building cladding made from steel, which is an alloy of iron that contains a small amount of carbon. Long preferred as a siding material for industrial and commercial buildings because of its durability and lack of required maintenance, steel’s plain appearance has historically made it an unpopular choice for……

Scaffold Inspection

Scaffolds are temporary, elevated platforms with supporting structures that are used to support workers and their materials at construction sites. As defective scaffolds put workers at great risk, these structures should be inspected before each work shift, as well as after any event that may have caused damage. Facts and Figures According to a national study: 65%……

Rust Inspection and Prevention

Rusting describes the process of the corrosion of iron and its alloy, steel.  CCPIA inspectors and commercial property owners should understand how rust forms and how to prevent it.  Rust is more than a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious structural deterioration. Rust Formation Rusting is a common form of corrosion – an electrochemical……

Rubber Flooring Inspection

Rubber flooring is flooring made from either natural tree rubber or recycled rubber from vehicle tires. It is long-touted for its slip-resistant qualities and durability in gyms, hospitals, factories, and other commercial buildings and establishments. CCPIA inspectors who perform commercial inspections are likely to encounter rubber flooring at a diversity of venues, so knowing how to inspect……

Reserve Studies

A reserve study is a budget-planning tool, arranged by a property owners association, which is designed to explore the capacity of member contributions to pay for the maintenance of elements that are shared among association members. Reserve studies consist of two distinct analyses, which proceed in the following order: Physical Analysis:  During this on-site inspection, a……

Pest Birds

Birds are graceful creatures and essential to our eco-system, but when they enter human living and working spaces, they can become pests. Commercial properties, in particular, are vulnerable to the problems associated with pest birds, their nests and their droppings. Facts and Figures An apprentice elevator mechanic obtained a $2.7 million settlement from a property owner after bird droppings caused……