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Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library

CCPIA’s Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library is a compilation of summaries of legal cases involving lawsuits in the commercial inspection industry. Some cases involve commercial building property owners or developers, insurance companies or claims, mold inspections, and fraud on the part of the seller. All of the cases are compelling and educational, whether you’ve been…

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How to Price a Commercial Building Inspection

Being a home inspector naturally means you can inspect commercial and industrial buildings too because they’re just bigger, right?  Well, for some that is a true statement.  There’s a structure, a roof, and HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, so what could be so difficult?  If the phone call comes, all I have to do is…

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Vestibule Inspection

A vestibule is a completely enclosed unconditioned space that separates the interior of a building from the exterior. It creates an air-locked entrance and acts as an entryway into a larger space, such as a lobby. Its purpose is to reduce stack effect (air movement caused by warmer air rising and colder air falling), and…

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Inspecting Air Curtain Units

An air curtain unit (ACU), also known as an air door, is a mechanical device used to create an invisible barrier between two different environments. It generates a controlled stream of air and projects it across the entire height and width of an opening to create a seal. This airflow seal separates two environments without…

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Commercial Property Safety Requirements: Maximum Occupancy

Terms You Should Know Occupancy load 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 International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) defines occupancy load as the number of people permitted in a building based on the means…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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%…

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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…

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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…

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