The Northern Marianas Housing Corp. and the Department of Public Works will be participating in a virtual training for the 2018 International Residential Code Training set for Jan. 25 to Feb. 17.
The training is made available through funding from the Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery and in coordination with Contractors Business Centers based out of California.
“It is a very crucial training opportunity for NMHC and DPW, especially that the CNMI has adopted the 2018 IRC and the 2018 IBC and we want to ensure that contractors are complying with the most recent codes when building homes for families who have been affected by the two recent typhoons,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
The 2018 IRC establishes minimum requirements for one- and two-family dwellings using prescriptive provisions. It is used in a variety of ways in both the public and private sectors. The international codes are often the basis of laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and other countries.
The training will cover 44 chapters of the 2018 IRC. Participants will go through comprehensive code regulations for construction of single-family, two-family houses (duplexes) and buildings consisting of three or more townhouse units. Participants will learn how to use and navigate the 2018 IRC Code Textbook, the Code Check Complete 2nd Edition, and the 2018 IRC Study Companion.
“This training will give inspectors from NMHC and DPW valuable tools and knowledge needed to successfully inspect a residential home during construction. A home is typically one’s largest investment. If your construction project does not comply with the building codes, then your investment could lose value and compromise your safety as well as others,” said NMHC corporate director Jesse Palacios.
In November last year, NMHC and DPW completed the Blueprint Reading for Construction Residential and Commercial. Participants learned basic blueprint reading and increased their knowledge of construction drawings. (PR)