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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT 

Presented by Joseph Iliff, CBO

Development and Enforcement of International Residential Code  

  • History of the International Residential Code, 2015, 2018 and 2021 (IRC) 
  • Adoption of IRC in Iowa 
  • County and municipal codes 
  • Permitting process and code enforcement  

 Building Planning and Shell Construction (Chapters 2-10)  

  • Definitions  
  • Alternative provisions and design criteria 
  • Wind effects and protection of openings 
  • Seismic provisions 
  • Story height and live loads
  • Snow loads 
  • Fire-resistant construction and exterior walls 
  • Dwelling unit separations and garage separation 
  • Ceiling heights
  • Glazing 
  • Garages and carports 
  • Ingress, egress and stairways 
  • Fire and carbon monoxide safety and detection 
  • Foam plastic 
  • Wood and wood-based products
  • Accessibility  
  • Floods, storms and drainage 
  • Soils and foundations
  • Framing and fastening
  • Walls and wall covering
  • Roof/ceiling construction 
  • Roof assemblies
  • Fireplaces and chimneys 

 Energy Efficiency (Chapter 11) 

  • Compliance
  • Building thermal envelope 
  • Climate classifications 
  • Permanent energy certificate
  • Insulation and fenestration 
  • Building systems
  • Lighting  

Mechanical, Fuel, Plumbing and Electrical Systems 

  • Appliance installation and exhaust systems 
  • Ventilation
  • Hydronic systems 
  • Fuel gas systems and appliances 
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Drains 
  • Backflow preventers, venting, sumps and ejectors 
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Electrical system grounding 
  • Intersystem bonding termination 
  • Overcurrent devices
  • Electrical outlets
  • Luminaires
  • Pools, spas and hot tubs

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

7.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in Iowa.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (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 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 Credits

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: 

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Joseph Iliff, CBO

Building & Zoning Director for Village of Swansea, Illinois

Mr. Iliff has been a building official, building inspector, and city planner for more than 25 years, serving cities in Indiana, Texas, Missouri, and Illinois. He earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University. Mr. Iliff holds certifications as a residential building inspector, building official, city planner, and floodplain manager. He has taught classes on the residential, building, and property maintenance codes with a focus on preparing students for certification exams and effective administration. 

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: Iowa Residential Codes

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course closely analyzes and explains the provisions and regulations of the Iowa Residential Code. The course focuses on the development and enforcement of the code, building planning, shell construction, energy efficiency, and mechanical, fuel, plumbing and electrical systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the history and development of the International Residential Code, the adoption, amendment and enforcement of the codes in Iowa (including county and municipal codes), and the permitting process.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to utilize chapters 2-10 of the Code for building planning and shell construction. Topics include live loads, seismic provisions, ceiling heights, garages, ingress and egress stairways, fire detection, wood products, roof assemblies, framing, foundations, and much more.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to utilize chapter 11 of the Code to increase energy efficiency by giving special consideration to climate classifications, thermal envelopes, insulation, fenestration, and lighting.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference applicable codes for information guiding the design and construction of mechanical, fuel, plumbing and electrical systems. Topics include fuel gas system and appliances, plumbing fixtures, drains, backflow preventers, overcurrent devices, electrical outlets, pools, hot tubs, and much more.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with code compliance concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/24/2026

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.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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