CE514: Rooftop PV: What You Need To Know About Building and Fire Codes

NABCEP CE Hours: 2 JTA/Other.  This webinar will discuss the new code requirements for PV installations in easy-to-understand ways so the codes become less intimidating.  You’re probably very familiar with the electric code requirements, but are you familiar with the building and fire codes?  This webinar will get you up to speed so you install PV systems that are building and fire code compliant.

what you will learn

The International Code Council publishes an entire suite of codes, and now a number of the codes include requirements specific to rooftop PV installations.  The International Building Code, the International Residential Code and the International Fire Code (2012 Editions) include new PV-specific code requirements that you need to be aware of.  The I-Codes are enforced throughout most of the US; PV installations are, by law, required to meet the code requirements.  Understanding the I-Code requirements is critical to successful long-term rooftop PV installations and the reduction of liability for PV installers for all types of buildings—from the 3kW installation on a small home to the 250kW installation on the big box warehouse!

Information directly from the codes will be provided, as well as a number of graphics and photographs.


James R. Kirby, AIA, is Vice President of Sustainability for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, Washington, DC.  Kirby has expertise in roof system design and construction, weatherproofing and energy-efficiency of the building envelope, and rooftop PV systems.  His responsibilities include serving as liaison for the Center’s PV taskforce, representing the roofing industry at sustainability-focused events, and presenting sustainability-based technical information to roofing and other construction trades within the US and internationally.

Kirby holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a master’s degree in architecture (structures option) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He recently received his Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design and Construction from Boston Architectural College, and he also is an accredited Green Roofing Professional.  Before joining The Center in 2012, he worked for National Roofing Contractors Association, most recently as Associate Executive Director of Technical Communications.  Prior to his 16 years at NRCA, he worked for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbrook, Ill., an architectural and engineering consulting firm. He is a licensed architect in Illinois and a professional member of several industry organizations, including ASTM International, American Institute of Architects, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, International Code Council and U.S. Green Building Council—Chicago Chapter.

Kirby is a frequent presenter and contributing author to the roofing, energy-efficiency and solar industries.  He has given numerous presentations, educational seminars and webinars to industry-related associations and construction-affiliated groups.  Kirby also is an annual guest lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.



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helpful information

Join SEI for this two-hour webinar-based online solar training session. Online registration provides 60 days of access to the recording of this webinar.  Once you have viewed and completed the online webinar session, you can print a Record of Completion that reflects the NABCEP CE Hours.

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NABCEP Continuing Education

PV Installer or Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or ‘Other’ Training Hours.

PV Associate Recertification: 2 training hours 

Solar Heating Recertification: 2 Non-Technical/Other training hours.

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