2021 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, June 4
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome from Chairman Taylor Vreeken, CCI/CHILAC, CREIA Chairman, Professional Home Inspection Services
8:15 - 8:30 AM Welcome from Conference Chairs  
8:30 - 10:30 AM Innovations - How to Differentiate and Grow your Business Through the Pandemic and Beyond Mike Crow, Mastermind Inspection Community
10:30 - 10:45 AM Virtual Coffee Break   
10:45 - 12:45 PM You and Your Business - Focused on Success

CREIA Senior Inspector Panel

  • Perry Farnum, Farnum Inspection Services
  • Scott Swickard, Inspect OC
  • Keith Vreeken, Professional Home Inspection Services
12:45 - 1:15 PM Working Lunch: The Latest on CAR's Home Inspector Certification and Legislation
Dave Pace, Pace Inspection Services
1:15 - 3:15 PM Geotechnical Issues & Foundations Massood Gaskari, Private Eyes Engineers
3:15 - 3:30 PM Virtual Coffee Break   
3:30 - 5:00 PM How to Protect and Further Your Business

CREIA Premier Affilates Panel

(ISN, OREP, and others)

5:00 - 6:00 PM Happy Hour  
Saturday, June 5
8:00 - 8:30 AM Welcome from Conference Chairs/CHILAC  
8:30 - 10:30 AM Legal Follies and Best Practices in Report Writing  Mike Casey, Michael Casey & Associates
10:30 - 10:45 AM Virtual Coffee Break  
10:45 - 12:45 PM How Not to Get Hacked, Backing Up Everything, and Social Media Marketing Dominic Maricic, Home Inspector Pro
12:45 - 1:15 PM Break on own  
1:15 - 3:15 PM Residential Energy Production and Storage Douglas Hansen
3:15 - 3:30 PM Virtual Coffee Break  
3:30 - 5:00 PM Safety: You and Your Inspections Bill Parker, Building Inspection Services and Gunnar Alquist, Full Circle Inspections
5:00 - 6:00 PM Happy Hour  
Sunday, June 6
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome from Conference Chairs  
8:15 - 8:30 AM Annual Business Meeting  
8:30 - 10:00 AM Gas Appliance Venting Douglas Hansen
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break  
10:15 - 11:45 AM Gas Appliance Venting (continued)  Douglas Hansen
11:45 - 12:30 PM Final Comments (CHILAC)  

 


 

 ASSOCIATE TRACK: JUNE 2 & 3

An introduction to becoming a Certified CREIA Inspector
With CREIA Board Member Bill Bryan, CCI & CREIA Chairman Taylor Vreeken, CCI

Day | Time Session Title
Wednesday | June 2 
8:00-10:00 Virtual Group Inspection
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-Noon Wrap up Inspection
Noon-2:00 Lunch on own
2:00-3:00  Steps to Becoming a CCI
3:00-5:00 Importance of Standards & Codes | B&P, Standards of Practice, Standards of Care
5:00-6:00 Networking
Thursday | June 3
8:00-10:00 Report Writing 101
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 New Inspector Decisions
Noon-1:00 Lunch on own
1:00-2:00 Pools and more
2:00-3:00 What's That?
3:00-4:00 Q&A

 

 


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Innovations - How to Differentiate and Grow your Business Through the Pandemic and Beyond

 

You and Your Business - Focused on Success

 

Geotechnical Issues & Foundations

This presentation will focus on the interaction of soils with foundations and provides a background of why different foundations are utilized for different developments. Various types of foundations including "Post-Tension" are discussed and and reviewed with  "pros & Cons" for each type. Grading operations and their importance to developments will be discussed. Differences will be highlighted between development process for projects constructed in the 70s and 80s versus those constructed after year 2000. The presentation is filled with project cases worked in previous years demonstrating the how issues with soils, grading, and hydrology impact performance of these developments. "Red flags" will be highlighted to aid the inspectors with their inspections of foundations and to increase their overall knowledge of engineering issues with residential developments.

How to Protect and Further Your Business

 

Legal Follies and Best Practices in Report Writing

This session will provide participants a rare opportunity to learn the top claim areas and report writing errors from a consultant who has been retained as an expert or consultant regarding over 800 inspector claims. Topics will include inspection limitations, criteria for inspection reports, common problem areas, recommendations for improvement and on-site suggestions as well as sample lawsuits. This class is applicable to anyone desiring to learn about inspections and best practices regarding report writing risk management.

How Not to Get Hacked, Backing Up Everything, and Social Media Marketing

Taking advantage of technology, and staying safe while doing so, is still a foreign concept for many inspectors. This class is meant to show inspectors how to utilize the technology available to them, whether it's smartphone apps, special websites, or hardware to make their job easier, and most importantly, how to protect themselves online. It only takes minutes for someone to get access to a weakly secured email account, website, or bank account, whether it be personal or business accounts. Learning how to properly secure your information and back it up is paramount to running a successful business in today's world.

Residential Energy Production and Storage

 

Safety: You and Your Inspections

 

Gas Appliance Venting

Session 1: This session covers on-site energy production sources, including solar, wind, & generators, as well as battery storage systems. Residential electrical demand is expected to increase as we move away from fossil fuels, including use of electric vehicles to replace fuel-fired vehicles. The seminar topics include California regulations, microinverter PV systems, series-connected DC systems, inverters, generators, transfer switches, battery storage systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and requirements of the California Energy Code to replace fossil fuels as an energy source. We will also discuss the impact of electronics in the design of the next generation of residential electrical systems.

Session 2: Gas appliance venting is a commonly misunderstood topic. The changing design of gas-burning appliances has outpaced the codes and requires an educated workforce and inspection community. This seminar will cover the properties of fuel gas, burners, vent system categories, combustion air, Category I vent materials, vent terminations, vent sizing, draft hoods, vent connectors, chimneys, wall furnaces, Category IV high-efficiency appliances, and direct-vent systems.