As remote inspections become more common, NFPA to host one-hour session addressing its possibilities, advantages, and potential risks

Remote inspection (RI) has emerged as an effective alternative to on-site inspection, enabling one or more parties to remotely perform an inspection of a building or building component. While RI is currently used in select jurisdictions across the US, it remains new to many. Becoming familiar with its benefits and limitations can help jurisdictions make informed decisions about how and when it can best be applied.

A common misconception about RI is that it serves as a less complete version of an on-site inspection. In truth, remote inspection can be used to achieve the same or even enhanced results as an on-site inspection. It may also be able to accomplish critical and emergency permit work that is still underway. yes.Over the course of the pandemic, with code officials, enforcers, and inspectors unable to enter buildings and conduct on-site inspections for extended periods of time, the value of RI has continued to become more widely recognized and valued.

Just like traditional on-site or in-person inspections, RI is typically assigned within a jurisdiction’s permitting process, the project, or contract schedule, and needs to be approved by the AHJ.  Although no formal standard currently governs the use of RI, NFPA 915, Standard for Remote Inspections is currently being developed.

I, a one-hour session that will explore remote inspection through multiple lenses, including an AHJ’s perspective, potential challenges for contractors, and overall risks and rewards. The potential use of NFPA 915 for the performance of periodic inspections required by other NFPA standards will also be discussed. Presenters for this session are Jim Muir, chief building official of Clark County Washington, and chair of the NFPA 915 Technical Committee (TC), and Terry Victor, senior manager of industry relations at Johnson Controls, and an NFPA 915 TC member.

“NFPA 915 - Remote Inspections, Where They Are Today and Where They May Go” will be one of multiple sessions hosted during Keeping You Informed: The Big Wide World of Building and Life Safety”, a full-day online program on June 22 addressing some of today’s leading building and life safety issues, opportunities, and challenges. Ten hours of educational sessions and resources can be viewed that day and also accessed on-demand for one full year. The program is part of the association’s virtual 125th Anniversary Conference Series, which replaces the traditional in-person 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo and runs from May 2021 through March 2022.

To attend “NFPA 915 - Remote Inspections, Where They Are Today and Where They May Go”, register for “Keeping You Informed: The Big Wide World of Building and Life Safety” today! For a limited time, NFPA is promoting a BOGO free offer: Enter the promo code BLS125 during checkout to register yourself for $98 and a friend at no cost.

Meanwhile, NFPA offers resources that provide information and guidance on RI, including “Conducting Remote Video Inspections,”a white paper developed by NFPA’s Building Code Development Committee (BCDC) that covers key elements of an effective remote inspection, including setting clear expectations, selecting appropriate technology, conducting location verification, and establishing sign-offs/follow-up. NFPA’s RVI fact sheet, which is based on the white paper, provides guidance on how to effectively conduct a remote inspection.

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Susan McKelvey
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