Choose the way you want to learn!

This program will be presented simultaneously live, in-person and live online!

There are also the Self-Study options. (see below)

* If you choose to attend the live in-person seminar, please note that the seminar manual will be provided as PDF document, which will be emailed to you shortly before the seminar. If you wish to pay $20 to obtain a paper copy of the manual, please call HalfMoon customer service at 715-835-5900.


8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:40 am CST
11:40 am – 12:10 pm CST
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 4:20 pm CST


Presented by
Vincent F. Fratinardo, P.E., S.E., RRC

The New Chicago Building Code: 70 Years in the Making
(fully effective in August 2020)
Navigating the New Code:
• Title 14A – Administrative Provisions
• Title 14B – Chicago Building Code
• Title 14F – Chicago Fire Code
• Title 14N – Chicago Energy Conservation Code
• Title 14R – Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code
• Title 14X – Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings
New materials and building systems
Expended requirements for sprinklers
Timeline for implementation

Building Height and Area: Modifications and Limitations
Occupancy classifications and uses
Separated and nonseparated mixed occupancies
Accessory occupancies
Incidental uses
Area factor increases
Yards and courts for light and ventilation
Room dimensions for dwelling units
High-rise building modifications

Construction Types and Fire Resistance Ratings
Use of combustible materials
Exterior walls and fire separation distances
Wall terminologies
Projections for walls and concealed spaces
Calculated fire resistance
Opening protection

Means of Egress and Occupancy
Adopted terms: Exit, exit access, exit discharge
Occupant loads
Concentrated business use areas
Number of exits
Stairways modifications
Corridor width and fire resistance
Assembly-type uses

Structural Design
Construction documents
General design requirements
Risk categories
Seismic design
Special inspections
Soils and foundations

Chicago Energy Conservation Code
Commercial compliance (ASHRAE 90.1-2016)
Building envelope
Building mechanical systems
Electrical power and lighting
Total building performance
Existing buildings, additions and alterations
Residential compliance
• Thermal envelope
• Roofs
• Mechanical ventilation
• Whole house systems

Preserving Existing Buildings
IEBC/Rehabilitation provisions
Prescriptive method
Work area compliance method
• Level 1
• Level 2
• Level 3
Performance method
Historic buildings
Fire escapes
Residential occupancies
Minimum requirements for existing buildings


COVID Health Considerations: In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks are recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who are gathering together indoors. Please review CDC guidance for recent developments.


Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

Architects    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 AIA LU | HSW

International Code Council
.70 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar/webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in Illinois.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event online, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Vincent F. Fratinardo P.E. S.E. RRC

Mr. Fratinardo is a civil/structural engineer and roof consultant. His over 20 years of experience includes civil and structural engineering analysis, design, construction administration, field investigation, and project management, and 13 years of experience specific to forensic engineering and the investigation and analysis of building damage and failures. Mr. Fratinardo has designed numerous new buildings, building additions, building renovations, and mechanical platforms and supports. He has designed and analyzed roof, wall and floor framing systems utilizing steel, concrete, masonry, and wood construction. Mr. Fratinardo has vast expertise in commercial, industrial, agricultural, municipal, educational and residential building damage investigations, including on-site investigations after 25 different tornado events, and Hurricanes Irene, Sandy, Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence. He has legal experience in depositions, arbitration hearings and trials. He has prepared and performed numerous continuing education presentations, including on an array of topics in forensic engineering, structural engineering and building codes for HalfMoon Education Inc., in multiple states since 2014. Mr. Fratinardo graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, and he also holds a master of engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Chicago Building Code Update

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines specifics of the revisions to the new Chicago Building Code and existing provisions, including those for building height and area, construction types and fire resistance ratings, means of egress and occupancy, structural design, energy conservation, and existing building preservation.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to determine occupancy classifications of buildings and be able to comply with Code requirements for specific occupancies.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for exterior walls and fire separation distances, use of combustible materials, and fire resistance ratings.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for means of egress and occupancy, including occupant loads, number of exits, stairways, corridor width, and fire resistance.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Code requirements for structural design, including construction documents, loads, seismic design, special inspections, soils and foundations, and materials.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss the multitude of Code compliance standards for energy conservation, including those for the building envelope, mechanical systems, electrical power and lighting, building performance, existing buildings, and residential structures

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to reference Code provisions for existing buildings, including those for historic buildings.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                            LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with building code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/17/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.