Upcoming Events

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November 2017 – Fall Seminar

Seminar Date and time: Saturday, November 18th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Test house availability: Monday, November 13th, 12 pm – 4 pm and Tuesday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm. 
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
Home inspection test house
CE credit: We have applied for 8 hours of CE through ASHI. The time spent inspecting the house on your own will not count toward CE hours.
Moderators: Reuben Saltzman, Neil Saltzman, Tessa Murry, Matt Butcher
Our chapter is partnering with the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI) to create an all-day test house seminar. We’ll have a vacant house available to seminar attendees the week before the seminar, from November 13th to November 17th. Home inspectors can inspect the home as they normally would, then bring their findings to the seminar on Saturday. All inspectors will be welcome to share or not share their results; this will not truly be a “test”, as nobody will look over and grade your reports. Seminar attendees will not be required to inspect the test house beforehand; they’re just encouraged to.
Photos, report language, defect diagrams, and corresponding home inspection SOP will all be reviewed at the time of the seminar, with the presenters really working as moderators to facilitate a group discussion. What did you find, what did you recommend, and why?
This will be a fun seminar where we can all learn from each other.
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Registration, breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am: Interior inspection, led by Neil Saltzman
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Attic and HVAC inspection, let by Tessa Murry
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Catered lunch
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Plumbing & Electrical inspection, led by Matt Butcher
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Exterior inspection, led by Reuben Saltzman
About the Moderators
  • Neil Saltzman, ACI: Neil began his career in home inspections in 1990. He is a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator, and served as president of the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors from 2004 to 2010. He is also the co-owner of Structure Tech.
  • Tessa Murry, ACI: Tessa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Residential Building Science and Technology, and then went on to work as a Performance and Testing Manager at a local home performance and insulation company, Cocoon. She now works as a full-time home inspector at Structure Tech.
  • Matt Butcher, ACI: Matt graduated from the Univerity of Minnesota with a degree in Wood and Paper Science, then began working in the building products industry until 2005, when he began inspecting houses full-time.
  • Reuben Saltzman, ACI: Reuben started working at Structure Tech when it was purchased by his dad, Neil, in 1997. He is the current president of the ASHI Heartland Chapter, an ASHI Director (2017 – 2019), and author of the weekly home inspection blog The Home Inspector on the Star Tribune news site.
The fee for this full day of learning, with food included, is only $25 for chapter members. Amazing, right? This is what your dues are paying for. Please register through MSHI’s website at http://www.mshi.org/seminars
If you’re not a member of our chapter, you ought to join our chapter and get the chapter rate for this seminar. If you’re simply not interested in that, the seminar fee for non-members is $100. And that’s still a bargain.
The address of the test house, which we have secured (YES), will be sent out to registered attendees. The home is located in Saint Paul.

December 2017

When: Monday, December 4th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)
Speaker: Tom Sontag
Tom Sontag is a wholesaler who reps HRVs and ERVs. He might possibly be the single most-experienced person in the Twin Cities. Tom knows the history of these units from top to bottom, as well as the tech people at the factories who answer questions. We’re super excited to have him come and talk to us.
Discussion Points
  • Historical overview of the HRV/ERV industry, including the early players and how it has evolved into its current form
  • Brief explanation of why these units are in place
  • Explanation of internal components, what we should see, what we should test, how they can be installed.
  • Explanation of how a unit should interact with the blower motor on the furnace
  • Explanation of HRV/ERV controls
  • Historical problems and life expediencies
  • How to find a reputable HVAC contractor to confirm the unit is properly balanced and who can explain how to run the units and controls, given the equipment that is in the house at the time of closing
  • Tips on how to communicate to owners the importance of these units to indoor air quality/building performance
Please register for the meeting below. Registration includes unlimited pizza, salad, breadsticks, and soda.
$15 for ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 12/04/17.
$20 for non-ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 12/04/17.
Walk-in meeting fees are $20/$25 for chapter members/non-members, respectively.

Seminar Fee

January 2018

When: Monday, January 8th,  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Time Management
Speaker: Adam Thompson, Certified Business Coach at Focal Point Coaching
Time is the one thing we lose more of every day. If you feel that there is never enough time in the day to get everything done, you are right! This fun, fast-paced, interactive workshop will focus on time management techniques used by the world’s most effective leaders and assist you in gaining control of your time and how you spend it. This workshop is for anyone who would like to get better control of his or her time . . . and his or her life. Stop trying to do MORE things and start doing IMPORTANT things!


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