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BCD710-A – Special Inspection for Wood Construction


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Special inspection is not a new term to the building code and is included in the 2012 and 2015 versions of International Code Council's (ICC) International Building Code (IBC), Chapter 17 which is titled Structural Tests and Special Inspections. Special inspection provides a quality control measure intended to ensure that certain critical features are incorporated into a structure and are constructed properly. This article provides background on special inspections for wood construction in addition to discussion on related topics such as prefabricated wood components, special inspections for lateral resistance, and structural observation as it pertains to the 2012 and 2015 IBC.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Learn when a special inspection may be required on a structure.
  2. Become familiar with IBC provisions referencing different types of special inspections.
  3. Become familiar with specific items examined during a special inspection.
  4. Be aware of professional qualifications required to conduct code compliant special inspections.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH)=1 Learning Units (LU)

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