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Plumb, Level, Square and Straight

There are very few constants in construction or inspections, but one basic construction principle is that buildings should be plumb, level, square and straight (PLSS). In inspecting a structure, anything that deviates from this would be considered an issue or defect. Many inspectors are not structural engineers or architects, and a commercial property inspector is…

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CCPIA Sponsors Exterior Design Institute (EDI)

BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 19, 2022) — CCPIA is now officially a proud Platinum Sponsor of the Exterior Design Institute (EDI). EDI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization for professionals working in building construction and repair, particularly as the work relates to a building’s exterior envelope. The organization offers in-person seminars, webinars, and online courses to…

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Emails for Marketing to Commercial Real Estate Agents

Commercial property inspectors can use the following email templates to market their services to commercial real estate agents, brokers, and investors. For help in identifying the big players in your area, please read CCPIA’s article Getting Started as a Commercial Property Inspector: Defining Your Service Area. The following email templates provide a good starting point…

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The Basics of Commercial Electrical Systems Video Series

This video series introduces inspecting commercial electrical systems. You can skip to any of the following videos. Video List About This Series Video Electrical Portion of the ComSOP Video Definition and Identification of a Commercial Building Video Basics of Three-Phase and Single-Phase Power Sources Video Electrical Distribution Equipment Video Branch Circuits Video Classified Hazardous Locations…

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Join us at InterNACHI’s 2022 Professional Inspectors Conventions

CCPIA will have a booth and host workshops at InterNACHI’s Professional Inspectors Convention in Southern California over October 20-22, 2022! CCPIA Booth Stop by our booth to meet Director of Education Rob Claus, CMI®, and talk-shop about all thing’s commercial. You will also have a chance to: receive discounted rates on in-person classes; win a…

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Inspecting Parking Areas at Commercial Buildings

There are various types of parking areas at commercial properties, ranging from multi-story parking structures to gravel parking pads. Multi-story parking garages can be complex and contain systems beyond most inspectors’ comfort level. In this case, the inspector can exclude the parking structure altogether through the pre-inspection agreement or by bringing a specialty consultant to…

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How to Inspect a Commercial Electrical Panel

Assessing electrical panels, or panelboards, is only one part of the electrical portion of a commercial property inspection. Inspectors must fully understand the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) to properly and safely inspect electrical panels. As a ground rule, the inspector should verify that a panel, specifically the panel cover and…

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Safe Clearances for Electrical Equipment: Working Space and Dedicated Space

Terms You Should Know: Working space: The front clearance, side clearance, and height clearance requirements for electrical equipment that provide a safe area for maintenance, inspections, and other work. Dedicated space: The space equal to the width and depth of electrical equipment in addition to the space extending from the floor to 6 feet above…

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About the Electrical Service at Commercial Buildings

Electrical service refers to the conductors, materials, and equipment that transfer power from the utility system to the wiring system that supplies the subject property with electrical power. Commercial buildings should only be supplied by one electrical service. This generally prohibits the installation of more than one set of service conductors in a building. An…

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Commercial Electrical Systems: What Is Three-Phase Power?

Terms You Should Know Alternating current (AC): A current that periodically reverses direction and magnitude continuously. Direct current (DC): A current that does not reverse direction but maintains the same single steady flow. Single-phase: A circuit energized by a single alternating current. Three-phase/3-phase: A wiring system consisting of four wires and used in industrial and…

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Inspecting Transformers

Transformers are used to change AC voltage levels. These can be termed as step-up or step-down, depending upon the need to increase or decrease in the voltage level. This is necessary in commercial buildings because the main service voltage is static, and certain distribution systems may require something different. A good example might be the…

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Landscaping: Is It Included in a Commercial Property Inspection?

Section 6.5.2 of the ComSOP titled Exterior states that the inspector should inspect the landscaping during a commercial property inspection. Contrarily, InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice exclude landscaping from a standard home inspection. Landscaping Landscaping refers to the process of making a piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, such as…

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Rooftop Unit (RTU) Checklist

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Catch Basin and Manhole Inspections

Section 6.5.2 of the ComSOP titled Exteriors states that the inspector should inspect the stormwater drainage system, general topography, and parking area. To complete this part of the inspection, the inspector must first understand the role of catch basins and manholes. Technically, the ComSOP excludes the inspection of manhole covers, but an assessment of the…

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Variable Air Systems (VAV) and How to Inspect Them

There are two types of air-handling systems: constant volume (CV), and variable air volume (VAV). In a CV system, a constant amount of air flows through the system whenever it is on. A VAV system changes the amount of airflow in response to heating and cooling load changes. The latter allows commercial buildings to better…

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Commercial Building Exteriors: Split-Face Block Concrete

Concrete masonry blocks with an architectural or rough stone surface are called split-face blocks. The face of these blocks has an irregular, rough texture, as if the surface of the block had been hand-chiseled away. In fact, the block is typically formed using a slurry of loose aggregate that is poured into a block form…

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Inspecting Exterior Lighting at Commercial Buildings

Exterior lighting has various purposes. It can be an accent feature in landscaping and pathways, a safety feature around exit doors, and a security feature at the building’s exterior and parking areas. The International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) is not meant to be used for verifying code compliance, and identifying proper…

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Commercial Building Exteriors: Concrete Tilt-Up Panels

Concrete tilt-up panels have become a common method of construction across North America. Tilt-up concrete buildings are commonly used as warehouses, strip malls, and light industrial facilities. The engineered concrete panels serve as the wall structure and the anchoring point for the roof structure. There are two types of concrete tilt-up concrete panels: site precast,…

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Resources for Pricing Commercial Property Inspections

There are several approaches inspectors can take to determine the cost of an inspection. The following resources provide tools, calculations, and other information to help inspectors put their own procedures in place. Online Fee Calculators These tools help inspectors calculate an inspection fee based on the inputted information about the subject property and variables specific…

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Items in Rob Claus’s Commercial Property Inspection Tool Bag

About this video: In this video, Rob Claus, CMI®, of WB Treece Consultants shows the tools he brings to a commercial property inspection. Tools range from devices for non-invasive testing, safety accessories, and other items that help him hurdle access issues for lighting and electrical equipment. These tools are not required to perform an inspection…

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Items in Britt Treece’s Commercial Property Inspection Tool Bag

About this video: In this video, Britt Treece, CMI® of WB Treece Consultants shows some of the items he brings to a commercial property inspection. He talks about things that help him present himself as a professional on-site and ensure he can inspect buildings in various weather and property conditions comfortably and safely. He also…

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Performing a Commercial Property Inspection of a Coffee Shop

About this video: This video follows Rob Claus, CMI®, as he inspects a coffee shop in Denver, CO. He discusses developing a route for an efficient inspection and the benefit of approaching systems with a macro and micro view to gather information about the building’s condition. Watch Rob as he discovers interesting building features and…

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Plumbing Devices for Waste Control at Commercial Properties

Commercial properties can have unique storm and wastewater drainage design features and plumbing devices. Most of these features and devices are installed in buildings to protect the watershed or municipal systems from contamination by certain substances and to prevent sewer blockages and damage to plumbing systems. Businesses requiring these features and devices include restaurants, car…

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Assessing the Main Water Service at Commercial Buildings

Commercial property inspections entail an assessment of the water service. This portion of the inspection should begin with locating the main water service/supply leading into the building. The main water service/supply could be located anywhere at the property, and some buildings may have several locations, such as at multiple tenant properties. The main water shut-off…

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