The Edmond Sun

July 15, 2013

State home builders to learn better, smarter ways to build


Special to The Sun

MIDWEST CITY — The Oklahoma Building Summit 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 18 at Reed Center in Midwest City.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, the summit will address the needs and concerns of homebuilders as they continue working with the 2009 International Residential Code. The IRC is being fully implemented across the state, but the industry still has many questions about what is required in meeting the code.

Builders will want to know the latest about framing issues, roof construction changes, concrete best practices and legal issues affecting their business. As part of its continuing emphasis on energy efficiency, the summit will provide updates on energy codes and incentives.

The summit will offer training sessions led by industry experts to help builders understand the various codes. When an inspector rejects a building, it is expensive in time and money, bruises the builder’s reputation, and is often the result of not knowing the details of building-code requirements.

Many municipalities in the state have provided information about their most common inspection issues and the problems cross all trade disciplines. Using the inspection issues as a foundation, each seminar track will focus on a building area, discussing code requirements for that discipline.

“Our goal is to give members and other attendees an in-depth understanding of the most critical and often misunderstood parts of the code,” said Jeff Click, president of the OSHBA Board of Directors. “This will help builders raise the quality of housing being produced here in our state.”

The OSHBA is very focused on keeping builders informed on the dynamic environment of the industry. The Oklahoma Building Summit 2013 is designed to continue that focus. This is a chance for home builders to network with other state building professionals, visit exhibits, see and hear about the latest industry developments, and learn how their businesses can become code compliant and stop rejections.

Summit details, including registration information and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at www.okbuildingsummit.com.