IIBEC Chapter News – June 2021

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June 16, 2021

 IIBEC Southern California Chapter Hosts Inaugural 2021 Technical Meeting

The IIBEC Southern California Chapter was pleased to host its first Virtual Technical Meeting of 2021 on April 22nd, 2021, with approximately 50 attendees.


The chapter used a new format via Remo, that allowed for a networking event before and after the technical presentation. Participants were able to have conversations in small groups and mingle virtually. The IIBEC Southern California Chapter would like to thank its event sponsor, BASF Master Builders Solutions!

Guests were greeted by chapter president and host Arturo Ortiz, who kicked things off with local chapter updates along with upcoming IIBEC event reminders.

Our technical speaker for the evening was Erica Reynolds, AIA, PE of McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc. in Long Beach, CA.  Reynolds presented a detailed review of the California Senate Bills 721 and 326 that require inspection of wood-framed exterior elevated elements following the collapse of the Berkeley Balcony in 2015.  The presentation discussed the requirements of the bills, what conditions to look for and how to perform these investigations. The speaker discussed typical problematic conditions encountered on these exterior elevated elements and reviewed possible future design changes that could accommodate these inspection requirements. Reynolds delivered a detailed review of the bills and how our industry can address these new inspection requirements. Many attendees commented on the thoroughness of the presentation and appreciated the in-depth information provided.

The IIBEC Southern California Chapter’s very first virtual meeting of 2021 was a success and we look forward to providing more virtual, and hopefully in-person soon, education opportunities to our region.  Guests earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by IIBEC and AIA. The chapter would like to extend their appreciation to Erica Reynolds for her efforts in providing an informed presentation, BASF Master Builder Solutions for their support of our chapter, and to all of those who took the time to attend.

 IIBEC Georgia Chapter Has a Blast for Education!

On April 20, the IIBEC Georgia Chapter hosted their 3rd Annual Shotgun Blast, boasting attendance of around 65 participants.  Several sponsors set up booths on the lawn showcasing newest technology along with various demonstrations.  Following the demonstrations, attendees enjoyed three hours of skeet shooting and concluded with a fantastic lunch and lots of networking.  The event raised $2,000 which is earmarked for national and local scholarship opportunities.

 IIBEC North Texas Chapter Hosts Panel Discussion at Top Golf

Panel above, left to right:
David Long (Baker/Triangle), Samuel Balunda (Baker Prefab), Kyle Lilly (STO Corporation), Kavin Karagias (Moss Construction), Jeremy Bridwell (WJE)

Panel Moderator, Andrew Stevens (Chapter President, pictured at right), Presented NT-IIBEC Member Daniel T. DeMeyer with an award for completing multiple IIBEC designations in one year.

On May 20, 2021, the IIBEC North Texas Chapter was excited to host an in-person event at their local Top Golf facility focusing on education, networking, and fun!  The event, attended by around 60 participants, opened with a technical panel consisting of consultants, manufacturers, and contractors on the topics of, Drainage Behind EIFS, Panelized EIFS, and Stucco Claddings.

The panel and audience discussed EIFS and stucco wall assemblies with updates on current technologies for drainage and the evolution of the prefabrication processes. The event was interactive, fun, and informative.

The presentation was followed by an awards presentation, lunch, and of course golf! Members reported that they appreciated the discussion and particularly enjoyed the audience participation and conversational format presented by our Chapter President Andrew Stevens and the guest panel.

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 Registration Now Open for IIBEC Region II and IIBEC Region V Meetings!

June 22 & 24, 2021 – IIBEC Region V Meeting (Sponsorship opportunities still available!)

  • June 22,2021
    • 10:30AM-11:30AM PT – Common Roofing and Waterproofing Oversights and Solutions, presented by John R. Guill, FCSI, CCS, CDT, SCIP, AIA
    • 11:30AM-12:30PM PT – Complex Buildings and Their Air Barrier Challenges, presented by Petersen Lambert, ABAA CABS, BECxP, CxA+BE
    • 12:30PM-1:00PM PT – Region V Business Meeting
  • June 24, 2021
    • 10:30AM-11:30AM PT – Architecture and Building Science, presented by Thomas Berger, BEC, CSI, CDT
    • 11:30AM-12:30PM PT – Wrapping It Up:  The Process and Closure of Building Design Reviews, presented by Kade Gromowski, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, PE and Dustin T. Smoot, RRC, RRO, CDT, LEED AP

Click here to find out more and to register for this annual event!


July 20-22, 2021 – IIBEC Region II Meeting (Sponsorship opportunities still available!)

  • July 20, 2021
    • 11:00AM-12:30PM ET:  AI and its Applications in Façade and Structural Inspection, presented by Dr. Badri Hiriyur and Charu Chaudhry, LEED AP
    • 12:30PM-1:00PM ET – Region II Update Meeting
  • July 21, 2021
    • 11:00AM – 12:30PM ET:  Case Studies for Forensic Water Testing – How to Help, not Hurt, presented by Joseph Ferrell, RRC, PE
  • July 22, 2021
    • 11:00AM-12:30PM ET:  Air and Water Infiltration Testing of Building Enclosures, presented by Sam Myers and Frans Dam

Click here to find out more and to register for this annual event!

 An IIBEC Branch in Minnesota? You Betcha!

Calling all Minnesotans! The IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter is looking for motivated members who are ready to make a mark in our industry. Region III is hoping to start a branch in Minnesota/Twin Cities as our first leadership in the state.

Feeling like you don’t know where to start?  IIBEC has you covered! While this new branch will benefit from the guidance of the IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter, IIBEC provides all of our wonderful volunteers with the leadership training and resources needed to facilitate success for their branch.

Please contact Region III Director Charles Sietmann, IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter President Ray Makiejus, or IIBEC Manager of Region & Chapter Relations Tara Cottle for more information or how to get started.

Upcoming Events


IIBEC Central Texas Chapter

IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter

IIBEC Florida Chapter

IIBEC Georgia Chapter

IIBEC Great Lakes Chapter

IIBEC Louisiana Branch(Gulf Coast Chapter)

IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter

IIBEC New England Chapter

IIBEC Northern California Chapter

IIBEC Ohio Valley Chapter

IIBEC Portland Chapter

IIBEC Quebec Ontario Chapter

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter


Please note: Dates and times subject to change based on local and/or state and province regulations.