PHRC Workshop

PCCA Workshop - RA 101: Residential Building Academy (4 days)

This four-day program is a comprehensive review of Chapters 1-10 of the 2015 International Residential Code. It includes examples, exercises, and case studies designed to illustrate daily practices performed by a Residential Building 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.

Common construction terms are reviewed by course attendees, as are common building materials. Building permit issuance is discussed with an emphasis placed on the most important issues to be addressed and resolved during the review process. Time will be devoted to how the IRC addresses engineered wood products and proprietary systems.

Interactive learning will be implemented through conducting a virtual inspection complete with house plans. Students will evaluate the building plans for content, determine what is lacking, and then, use the plans to conduct a mock onsite building inspection. A checklist of critical issues associated with footing and foundation, rough framing, drywall, and final inspections will also be developed.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

Topics Include:

  • Administration
  • Building Planning
  • Townhouses and Two Family Dwellings
  • Emergency Escape and Egress
  • Foundation Systems
  • Floor Systems
  • Deck Requirements
  • Wall Systems and Coverings
  • Wall Bracing
  • Roof and Ceiling Systems
  • Chimneys and Fireplaces 

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