Posted on July 9, 2013 by Mike Means

A question for builders: Have you ever failed an inspection? If not, you're lucky. Rejection of building inspections cost us all time and money. Come learn how to save your company time and money by not failing rejections you may not even know about.

Most of us have been there, and the Oklahoma Building Summit 2013 is going to help all of us learn more so we can build smarter and build better....and pass more often.

With the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) being fully implemented across the state, we heard your concerns about compliance. The Summit tracks will focus on the IRC requirements - what they are, what they mean, how to build to meet them.

We have received input from several municipalities listing the most frequent reasons inspectors reject a project. They cross all trade disciplines and will be addressed by the various speakers during the training tracks. Here are the inspectors' Top Ten:

  • Wall/wind bracing¬†- interior and exterior wall bracing not properly placed and/or nailed correctly.
  • Fire stopping - blocking not provided to cut off all concealed draft openings.
  • Field-built beams - 2x10s and 2x12s nailed together to carry roof loads and cover spans that don't meet requirements for maximum spans.
  • Insulation - air/thermal barrier not complete; penetrations not sealed; airflow gap not provided.
  • No tempered glass - not properly located; 24-inch arc of the door is a specific hazardous location for the purpose of glazing.
  • Roof Bracing - improper bracing with valleys, hips, and purlins.
  • Frame/sill plates - bottom plates not secure to foundation; bolts placed incorrectly.
  • Foundations - design not submitted with permit; copy not on site for inspection.
  • Egress window openings - do not meet minimum opening heights or widths.
  • Stair riser heights - exceed 7 inches. Handrails installed improperly or not at all.


The track presenters will help us understand the codes and how to correct these common violations to build smarter and better. We can all learn at the Summit, September 18.

Click here for more information and to register. See you there!

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