If you are a member of the New England Chapter of DHI I hope you already know about this upcoming class, but in case you didn’t get the memo…I will be teaching a code class next week along with Jeff Batick, Greg DeGirolamo, Paul Goldense, and Jim White.  This class will be available for other DHI chapters to teach, as long as there are a few members who can act as facilitators.  If you’re interested in hosting the class, drop me an email and I’ll get you in touch with the right person at DHI.  We are using the 2015 IBC for next week’s class, but it could be taught using other editions of the IBC if necessary.  The class is worth 9 DHI CEP points, with 4 additional points for the facilitators.

If you’re a member of the New England Chapter and haven’t signed up yet – what are you waiting for?!  Here’s the meeting notice:


Meeting and Educational Session Notice


Thursday March 12, 2015

Educational Session 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Social Time Starts at 5:30pm

Dinner Starts at 6:30pm

Chapter Business and our Speaker Follow Dinner


The Chateau Restaurant

95 Turnpike Road,

Westborough, MA 01581

Educational Session:

Here in New England, we are very fortunate to have such a high level codes expert, and someone who is willing to share her time with us. I’m referring to Lori Greene of course. Lori is going to lead a team of highly qualified professionals for an afternoon of spirited code discussion. Here’s a synopsis of the session in Lori’s own words;

Several New England states have recently adopted new codes or are in the process of doing so.  It’s time for a code update, and this time we’ll be using a roundtable format.  Facilitated by Jim White, Paul Goldense, Jeff Batick, Greg DeGirolamo, and Lori Greene, we’ll work through some common code questions and learn where to find the information and how to interpret the requirements.  Additional questions will be discussed during the Q&A session, so come and find out what’s new; don’t be caught by surprise when working in a jurisdiction where new codes have been adopted.  CEP points will be available for those participating in DHI’s Continuing Education Program. 

We’ll be using the 2015 edition of the International Building Code, the 2015 edition of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code, the 2013 edition of NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, and the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.  We will also discuss differences in other editions of the codes and standards, so the class will be relevant to jurisdictions where the newest editions are not yet in use.  If you have these codes and standards in hard copy or PDF (or other codes that are used in your state), bring them with you.  If you do not have these publications, materials will be provided for use during the class.

As you can see, we have a great panel of facilitators, and they are generously giving their time for all our benefit. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for this afternoon of learning.

Evening Meeting Speaker and Topic

For our evening meeting, we welcome speaker Mary Kimball, the New England Representative of SaftiFirst Fire Rated Glass and Framing Systems. Mary brings years of experience (I’ll let her tell you how many…), and a wealth of knowledge of the Glass and Framing Manufacturing Industry. Mary will discuss what’s new in interior and exterior glass, and explain the incredibly wide array of products that are now available in this fast growing market (fire protection, temperature rise, hurricane, ceramic, ballistic, etc.). You’ll be amazed with what can be done with glass, while maintaining high end architectural appeal. (Please check out SaftiFirst’s website before attending the meeting at Safti.com).

The afternoon codes session, and the meeting both take place at The Chateau Restaurant. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Bert Sullivan

New England Chapter President of DHI

FYI – The meeting dates for the balance of the year are May 21st, Sept 17th, Dec 10th

Reserve Your Spot!

The cost for the dinner and the evening meeting is $40 per person.  The afternoon code update is FREE!  You may pay by check or cash at the meeting.

Credit cards may only be used through the New England Chapter website.

RSVPs must be received no later than March 7th for the evening meeting.  Space is limited for the afternoon code session, so please respond asap.

To register, visit the New England Chapter website, or email a list of attendees and the company name to Bert Sullivan.  Please indicate whether each person will attend the afternoon code update, the dinner and evening meeting, or both the afternoon and evening events.

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