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NoVA ASHI Spring Seminar 2024


- Structural Systems and Repair Methods by Brian Deska
- Mold and Other Indoor Air Quality Issues by Paul Burger
- Wood-destroying Organisms and how to Recognize Them by Joe Stuart
- Report writing best practices by John Cranor



in person and online

Saturday April 20, 2024
8:50 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Brian Deska on Structural Symptoms and Repair Methods

Paul Burger on Indoor Air Quality Issues

Joe Stuart on Wood-destroying Organisms and the Damage They do

John Cranor on Report-writing Best Practices

MEMBER: $150


An email with the Zoom link will go out the 19th, the Zoom link on the website will be active the 20th


Five (5) Maryland CPCE Hours Approved
Eight (8) ASHI CEs Approved

Many states do not preapprove CEs, rather they accept ASHI® CEs
It is our understanding that VA, PA, WV, and DE accept ASHI® CEs

You are responsible for verifying that your state accepts ASHI® CEs

Coffee, snacks and lunch provided for in-person attendees

In person - Service Source
10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton VA

Online - Zoom live webinar


8:30 AM   - 8:50 AM   Continental Breakfast
8:50 AM   - 9:00 AM   Sign in
9:00 AM   -  10:40 AM   Structure
10:40 AM   -  10:50 AM   Break
10:50 AM   -  12:30 PM   Indoor Air Quality
12:30 PM   -  1:20 PM   Lunch
1:20 PM   -  3:00 PM   Pest Control
3:00 PM   -  3:10 PM   Break
3:10 PM   -  4:50 PM   Report writing
4:50 PM   -  5:00 PM   Sign out

Eastern Time Zone

Start Date And Time

04/20/2024 08:45 am

End Date And Time

04/20/2024 05:00 pm


10467 White Granite Dr Oakton VA


Learn From the Experts

Structural Symptoms and Repair Methods 
by Brian Deska, PE

  • Soil conditions
  • Foundations
  • Failure modes
  • Repair methods

Brian Deska, P.E. is a licensed professional engineer, owner, and Chief Engineer of Deska Services, a highly rated structural design and remediation firm with 28 employees that specializes in providing professional engineering consultations and contracting services for residential and commercial building owners, managers, and insurance companies.

Indoor Air Contaminants Found in Homes 
by Paul Burger

  • Facts and Myths about Mold
  • Underlying causes for Mold growth
  • Sampling for Mold – Understanding Sampling Methods, Results, and How to Interpret Results
  • When to Recommend a Mold Specialist
  • Can defects in a Home create Indoor Air Quality Concerns Beyond Mold?
  • Many buyers are becoming more concerned and educated about mold and Indoor Air Quality - How do you set expectations for your clients?

Paul Burger has been working in the Environmental Consulting/Industrial Hygiene industry since 1994.

He started NoVA Environmental Solutions (based in Winchester, VA) in 2016 and acquired Geller Environmental Labs (based in Fairfax, VA) in 2023. 

His company has a team of licensed asbestos inspectors, asbestos project monitors, lead inspectors, and mold inspectors. Our team has a combined 100 years of experience in the industry.

As a Senior Industrial Hygienist, Paul provides expertise in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and prevention of hazards that may result in injury, illness, or affect the well-being of occupants. He conducts technical, complex environmental inspections to determine compliance with applicable statutes, rules, and standards; review facility plans, previous inspection reports; observe facility in operation; collect data and samples and perform analytical analysis where necessary to ascertain exposure to chemical, physical, radiological and/or biological health hazards.


  • Licensed Asbestos Inspector – Virginia
  • Licensed Asbestos Inspector – West Virginia
  • Council-certified Microbial Consultant (CMI), Board-awarded by the American Council for Accredited Certification
  • Certified Commercial Mold Inspector (CCMI) (Certificate # CRMI0000021968)
  • Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) (Certificate # CCMI0000021975)


  • Participating Member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Committee D22 on Air Quality:
    • Subcommittee D22.08 on Assessment, Sampling, and Analysis of Microorganisms.
    • Subcommittee D22.04 on Workplace Atmospheres
    • Subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air
  • Member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).
  • Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
  • Member of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) – Mid-Atlantic Chapter and National member

Wood-destroying Organisms and the Damage They do
by Joe Stuart

  • Common pest observations in the home inspection environment 
  • How to properly describe observations
  • Most importantly: what not to say

With over 32 years of experience in commercial and residential pest control, Joe Stuart, is a Board Certified Entomologist registered with the Entomological Society of America. He is licensed and certified as an expert by the Commonwealth of Virginia in:

  • Category 7A Structural Pests
  • Category 7B Wood destroying pests and organisms
  • Category 7D Wildlife management
  • Category 8 Public Safety Parasite and vector disease control  

Report Writing Best Practices
by John Cranor

  • Essentials of a good report
  • Standard of practice
  • State regulations
John Cranor, has been an ASHI Certified Inspector for 25-years. During his tenure, he chaired both the ASHI Technical Committee and the Standards Committee. ASHI awared John the 2021 Iron Man award.
John has been a member of the Central Virginia ASHI chapter since 1999, serving as Chapter President twice. He also chaired the Education Committee for many years.
  • Long-time member of the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI)
  • Former VAREI president
  • Exterior Design Institute (EDI) certified Level II Building Envelope Inspector
  • Offers litigation support and has testified in court many times in roofing, home inspection, and construction-related cases
  • Current chair of the Virginia Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors licensing board 
  • Head Instructor in Virginia for The ASHI School
  • Third-generation roofing contractor with over 50 years experience
  • Contributed to and assisted the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (NHIE) in the development of the National Home Inspector’s exam
  • Cranor Inspection Services is a DPOR approved NRS training provider

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