SAP training provides architects and other building professionals with the knowledge to provide evaluations of facilities and buildings in the aftermath of a disaster. With the beginning of Virginia’s hurricane season, this training will benefit communities across the state in the event of a natural disaster. Attendees earned a Cal-OES registration ID card and are now certified volunteer building safety evaluators.
Architects frequently volunteer with state and local jurisdictions to help determine the safety and habitability of homes and small businesses when emergency management and building departments are overwhelmed, which has been the case in the wake of recent hurricanes. This benefits communities by reducing temporary shelter needs and supporting services when residents are cleared to safely return home. Architects provide this service pro bono as part of their membership in the AIA and its Code of Ethics.
AIA Virginia is exploring hosting 2nd SAP training at Architecture Exchange East this November in Richmond.
AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training CREDITS// 6.5 HSW CEUs Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: AECOM, Norfolk, Va.
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Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA.
It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster.
SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis.
This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.