Upcoming Events Calendar

LOCATION:  3951 Pender Drive, Suite #130, Fairfax, VA   Map It
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Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of every month -- except July and August

6:00-6:55 PM:   Board of Directors Meeting ~ Always open to all members

6:00-6:55 PM:   "The Grey Group" Hour ~ Open to all members. Sharing industry ideas, questions, problems, etc.

6:00-6:55 PM:   Inspectors' Hour ~ Continuing education focusing on fundamentals of home inspections. 

7:00-9:00 PM:   NOVA ASHI General Membership Business Meeting ~ followed immediately by our Educational Hour, focusing on Trades and Specialties outside the home inspection industry.


Monthly NOVA-ASHI MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS*,  General Information:
LOCATION:  3951 Pender Drive, Suite #130, Fairfax, VA   Map It

NOVA ASHI ~ Northern Virginia ASHI® Chapter meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, except July and August. Meetings are held at the Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) located, at 3951 Pender Drive, Suite #130, Fairfax, VA. The office is part of the Fairfax Executive Park near the intersection of Rt 50 and I-66, and very close to the NRA building, off of Waples Mill Road.

Meetings begin with the Associates Hour, at 6:00-6:55 pm: These classes help prepare ASHI Associates for the National Home Inspectors Examination and attain ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) status. Members are welcomed and encouraged to sit and learn from seasoned professional Home Inspectors to increase your home inspection technical knowledge and also receive important ASHI and State Continuing Education (CE) credit hours in the process.

Our monthly Chapter Membership Meeting and Educational Hour follows at 7:00-9:00 pm.

COME AND JOIN US! Visitors are welcome to attend up to three meetings After three meetings we invite you to submit this Membership Application.

For a listing of our NOVA-ASHI Chapter Officers, Directors, Committee Makeup, and Council Reps, click here.

*PLEASE NOTE:  In the case of inclement weather, NOVA-ASHI follows Northern Virginia Community College schedule for weather cancelations as reported by local media outlets.


2017 Fall Seminar

Truss and Deck Inspections &

Environmental Awareness for Home Inspectors

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Oakton United Methodist Church
2951 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, VA 22124
Seminar submitted for 6 ASHI CE credits.
VA and WV accept ASHI CE credits for subjects on the National Home Inspectors Exam

Registration opens at 7:30 AM. Seminar from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM. Lunch is included.

7:30  - 8:15 AM Registration

8:15 – 10:15 AM

Inspecting Decks by John Bouldin, PhD.


10:30 – 12:30 PM

Truss Inspections by John Bouldin, PhD.


1:15 – 2:15 PM

Environmental Awareness Training for Home Inspectors


2:30 – 3:30 PM

Environmental Awareness Training for Home Inspectors


Inspecting Decks
By John Bouldin, Ph.D.

Although decks have been a common part of residential construction for several generations, recent research has shown that major safety aspects of deck construction do not, and never have, met code performance specifications.  This seminar will focus on the most up-to-date deck construction requirements and documentation, common modes of deck failures, and common construction errors.  The discussion will provide specific emphasis on fasteners, hanger hardware, ledger connections, guard rail and guard post attachments, footers, beams, columns, stairways, and pressure treated wood concerns.  The discussion centers on actual photographs and original illustrations. 

Truss Inspections
By John Bouldin, Ph.D.

Wood trusses are a common feature in both roof and floor construction, but the specifications for their handling, bracing, and installation are not found in the IRC Building Code.  Trusses are uniquely designed for a set of loading conditions and for a specific location in a framed structure. As such, the installation and inspection of trusses is vastly different from any other type of wood product in residential construction.  Through a combination of illustrations and actual photographs, this course will take a closer look truss terminology, how trusses carry load, and of the installation defects commonly found in housing. 


Environmental Awareness Training For Home Inspectors
By James Sigurdson

This course seeks to provide a basic working knowledge to home inspectors of various regulated and hazardous materials which can be routinely encountered in home inspections including but not limited to asbestos, lead, volatile organic compounds, chemicals, human and animal feces and heavy concentrations of mold.

The course focuses on identification of these hazards, a basic review of applicable VA and federal regulation covering these materials, and common practices and protective equipment used to lessen or eliminate exposure to the hazards, as well as a discussion of common homeowner questions and possible answers when an inspection finds known or suspect regulated or hazardous materials.

Additional time is given at the course end for a review and question and answer session on topics which may not be covered but are of interest to the participants.

Registration Information

Registration is $90.00 for NOVA ASHI members, $100.00 for non-members. Please send payment to our Chapter treasurer. Make checks payable to NOVA ASHI.

Scott Robertson
NOVA ASHI Treasurer
139 11th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Please let us know you will be attending by sending an email to our seminar chairperson: ableinsp@centurylink.net


Speaker Biographies

John Bouldin, PhD.

John Bouldin has been a professional home inspector for over 20 years and has earned a Ph.D. in Wood Science from Virginia Tech.  His dissertation was on the Inspection of Engineered Wood Products in Residential Construction.  John has served two terms on the Virginia Board for Home Inspectors and has held Virginia Home Inspection Certification.  He is a faculty member at Virginia Tech and has conducted research into engineered wood products, wood connections, decks, and pallets and packaging.  His articles on decks and inspection-related topics have been published in civil engineering journals, Structure Magazine, Wood Design Focus, among others.

James Sigurdson

Mr. Sigurdson began work at Winchester Environmental Consultants in the summer of 2001, as an environmental technician conducting a sampling and designing abatement and employee protection plans for a variety of residential, commercial, municipal and industrial clients. In 2015 Mr. Sigurdson Purchased Winchester Environmental Consultants and reorganized the firm into WECI Inc, which he has since been president and CEO of.

As an “Environmental Professional” under the AAI rule for Phase I Site Assessments, a multi-state certified asbestos and lead Management Planner, Inspector, Project Designer and Project Monitor, Mr. Sigurdson is responsible for coordinating, supervising and reviewing the efforts of other employees with regards to various WECI projects.  He has also conducted air, water, soil and material sampling involving environmental site assessments, developed response actions, safety programs and cost estimates; Written and supervised others in the writing of ESA’s and hazmat programs and assisted in the administration functions and on-site management of various environmental projects. 

Mr. Sigurdson specializes in the identification of hazardous materials on various jobsites and designing safety and remediation programs to eliminate or minimize the hazards to employees, subcontractors and others working those areas.