PHRC Workshop

PCCA Workshop - RA 401: Residential Mechanical Academy (4 days)

This four-day program is a comprehensive review of Chapters 12-24 of the 2015 International Residential Code. It includes examples, exercises, and case studies designed to illustrate daily practices performed by a Residential Mechanical Inspector or Plans Examiner. Material includes a review of how the UCC amends certain provisions of the IRC, especially with regard to residential alterations and exclusions.

An overview of air changes, combustion air, ventilation air, and makeup air will be presented, and students will be introduced to solar thermal and geothermal systems. Building permit issuance is discussed with an emphasis placed on the most important issues to be addressed and resolve during the review process.

Interactive learning will be implemented through conducting virtual inspections. A checklist of critical issues associated with mechanical and fuel gas installations will also be developed. Emphasis will be placed on addressing mechanical and fuel gas installation issues that should be resolved at the permit application stage of the project.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

Topics include:

  • General requirements
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Dryer and kitchen exhaust systems
  • Duct sealing and insulation
  • Combustion air
  • Vents and chimney connectors
  • Hot water heaters and boilers
  • Oil storage
  • Solar systems
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Fuel gas appliances
  • Fuel gas piping and installation

Course Materials

The 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and a standard calculator are required. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instruction time


Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

Credit Hours

24 PA L&I Contact Hours

Registration Fee


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The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304