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Wednesday, November 29, 2023 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST

Introduction and Background

  • What is a façade ordinance?
  • Purpose of ordinances
  • Brief history
  • What cities have façade ordinances

Inspection Requirements and Preparation for the Exterior Close-up Inspection

  • Typical inspection requirements ASTM E 2270 and E 2841 Inspection pre-work
    • Review documents
    • Prepare inspection documents
    • Review service history
    • Interior leak survey

Access Methods and Costs

  • Case studies of access costs- How to plan for access, permits and logistics
    • Typical access methods
    • Boom lift
    • Swing stage
    • BMU
    • Industrial rope access
  • Common pitfalls
  • Access methods when working on 100 yr old bldgs. compared to modern buildings

Conducting the Exterior Inspection

  • Inspection tools and techniques
    • Visual
    • Sounding
    • Touching
    • NDT
    • Drones
  • Typical failures we’ve observed
  • Factors that affect time on site (and therefore cost)

Unsafe Conditions

  • What to do if unsafe conditions are found
  • Repair scenarios

Probe Openings

  • What is a probe opening?
  • When are they required?
  • SF vs. NY requirements


  • ASTM requirements (which most cities follow)
  • Commonly missed items

Lessons Learned from San Francisco Inspections


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Professional Engineers:
2.0 PDHs

2.0 HSW CE Hours

2.0 LU|HSW*

International Code Council:
.2 CEUs (Building)** 

* Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request.
** Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format.
*** This course is not approved in New York; please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 2.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 2.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 2.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for 0.2 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

On-Demand Credit Information 

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

2.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Chris Abell

President of Rainbow Waterproofing & Restoration Co.

Mr. Abell has thirty-four years of experience as a contractor specializing in building façade restoration and waterproofing throughout California. Since joining Rainbow in 2001 as president, Rainbow has completed over 10,000 projects ranging from small leak repairs to restoring some of California’s most historically significant masonry and concrete structures. Mr. Abell prides himself on working collaboratively with the entire team on any given project, brainstorming ideas, and implementing solutions that benefit both the building and the client’s interests. From the inception of the San Francisco Building Facade Inspection and Maintenance Ordinance, Rainbow has provided access and support for architectural and engineering firms on over thirty properties. Mr. Abell is also the president of the Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers Local 3 Pointer, Cleaner, Caulker Labor Management Cooperative Committee.

Carolyn L. Searls

Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Ms. Searls has forty years of experience in investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building enclosure repairs on both historic and contemporary structures throughout the United States. In her career, she has investigated more than 1,000 buildings and structures. Ms. Searls has been recognized through speaking engagements, project commissions, and published papers as an expert in the field of preservation of masonry and concrete on historic buildings, in addition to her work in cladding and waterproofing systems on contemporary buildings. She was a member of the committee that drafted the façade inspection ordinance for the City of San Francisco.

Matthew S. Worster

Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Mr. Worster has twenty years of experience in the investigation, design, and construction phases of building enclosures. His projects include the historic and the contemporary, ranging from terra cotta to titanium panels. He assists owners, designers, and builders with traditional and modern waterproofing, roofing, and wall claddings. Mr. Worster holds an advanced degree specializing in structural materials, and he enjoys teaching his expertise. He is the ASTM task group chair for fenestration water testing and is on the Board of Directors for the California Preservation Foundation.

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: Complying with Building Façade Ordinances

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This two-hour course will explain what building façade ordinances are, how they originated and their purpose. The course will delve into the specific inspection requirements and preparations for close-up exterior inspections, access methods, costs, inspection tools and techniques, and probe openings. The course will also discuss reporting requirements and the appropriate actions to take if unsafe conditions are found.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain what a façade ordinance is and its purpose and review the typical inspection requirements and preparation for close-up exterior inspections.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to analyze various tools and techniques for conducting exterior inspections, including visual and sounding techniques as well as drones and other technology.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the proper course of action if unsafe conditions are found and review possible repair scenarios.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain what a probe opening is, recognize when they are required, and discuss specific regulations.

LUs: 2.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with building inspections

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/02/2026

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.