VAREI acts as a voice for Virginia home inspectors in statewide issues, promotes excellence in the home inspection industry and represents a membership that spans the Commonwealth.
Since its inception in 2000, VAREI has been the professional association of, by and for Virginia home inspectors. During the fast paced legislative session of 2001, VAREI leadership sought the opinions of the membership on important issues and acted upon them. In the subsequent regulatory promulgation meetings VAREI leadership has actively advocated for Virginia inspectors. Membership in VAREI is clearly a way of protecting professional inspector interests and the interests of the public. In the future other parties may attempt to influence the home inspection industry through legislation and regulatory changes - and VAREI will be there.
The VAREI Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 . VAREI is pleased to present 3 highly respected speakers, at the leading edges of their fields, providing insightful instruction on subjects which are timely and relevant to our profession.
Dr. Joe Loferski is a professor in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at
VA Tech University. His research specialization is wood engineering, with emphasis on the structural design and long-term performance of wood and wood based composites; and the diagnosis and prevention of moisture and decay problems. He is best known for his research on performance of wood connections and wood deck construction. He has been featured in the Journal of Light Construction, and is a nationally recognized leader in research on catastrophic deck failure. He has published landmark work on deck safety, resulting in changes to the IRC and the AWC DCA6 document on deck construction. Dr. Loferski has also lead many historic preservation projects including The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon in Colonial Williamsburg. He has taught more than 50 workshops and seminars in the U.S., and in Russia. His high energy and excitement for his work is contagious. He firmly holds his audience’s attention. As Chairman of John Bouldin’s Doctoral Committee, Dr. Loferski has keen insight into the importance of our work as home inspectors.
John Bouldin is a well known veteran home inspector from northern Virginia and a second year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. Wood science for home inspectors, engineered wood products, framing systems, and decks are some of his training specialty areas. John is a highly respected
teacher, having trained hundreds of inspectors nationwide. He has been a speaker at ASHI Inspection World, NAHI conferences, Kaplan ITA Inspection Expo conventions, and the 4th International Conference on Advanced Engineered Wood and Hybrid
Composites at the University of Maine. John was an original home inspector member of the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors. John’s unique mission is to cross-pollinate home inspecting with leading edge academic research, and he is passionate about our collective calling as professional home inspectors.
Roger Robertson is the Chief of Inspections for the Chesterfield County
Virginia Department of Building Inspection. Roger has been in the code enforcement field for over 20 years, performing duties as an inspector, engineering assistant, and an inspections chief. Prior to his code enforcement career, Roger was a developer and class A Virginia registered contractor, specializing in residential and light commercial construction.
Roger has served as the chairman or member of numerous committees of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association, The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the International Code Council. Roger has developed and presented training seminars for code officials and professionals across Virginia, on topics including residential and commercial building inspection, and means of egress. Roger holds over 20 professional certifications including the International Code Council Master Code Professional designation, and a certified instructor for the International Code Council, and is certified as Lead Instructor for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy.
Topic areas include: deck connections and failure potentials; pre-drywall framing; engineered wood product use in the field; wood science as it relates to component and connection failure in the field; inspecting to identify defects in the field and how Code relates to our profession.
We are also pleased to be hearing from Mark Singer of Advocates of VA, VAREI's Legislative Monitor and Lobbyist, reviewing this year’s legislative activity.
When: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2009
Where: Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 (Richmond area)
Cost: $140 (includes annual membership, a listing and personal profile on the well-positioned VAREI Website, lunch, and 6 continuing education credits.
To REGISTER: CLICK HERE
The following will co-sponsor the VAREI 2009 Annual Conference: