Risky Business – Breaking Specs & Code Noncompliance

The Risky Cost of Breaking Specs

Not following building code by specifying ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 for edge systems on low slope roofs – a requirement in every state – is risky business, it risks your design, your project, and most importantly, your building’s occupants. Even after specifying compliance, outcomes vary when contractors substitute an untested alternative, increasing your risk of failure & costing you significantly more than saved.

  • The roof edge is the building envelope’s first line of defense against wind.
  • Typically only 1% of total project cost, inadequate roof edge accounts for 59% of reported losses.
  • ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 specification, documentation, & adherence prevent roof system failures – do not allow for deviations.

Learn the value of specifying & requiring ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested edge systems by requesting Cutting Edge Code Compliance, your complimentary in-person or virtual AIA & IIBEC approved continuing education seminar with all the need-to-know information.


Cutting-Edge Code Compliance

This one-hour course examines the importance of specifying the proper edge solution for commercial roofing systems that comply with the most recent code changes with products that have been tested for the appropriate type of project. The correct edge system will not only be functional and have an aesthetic style that suits design professionals, but it will also serve as the roof’s first line of defense against wind damage and water infiltration. To reduce liability associated with substantial roof damage and loss from a storm, it is important for design professionals to fully understand changes in the building code and testing methods required for each project. The goal is to equip designers and specifiers with cutting-edge information to make critical decisions that will ensure the building envelope is securely protected with edge systems that meet or exceed expectations as well as better protect building occupants.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the functions of the roof edge systems and why these functions are critical to protecting the building and its occupants.
  • Explain ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 and how it relates to protecting the roof system from environmental elements.
  • Discuss the three required test methods as well as how they ensure code compliance to focus on the provision of durable roof systems that extend the building’s life cycle.
  • Analyze how edge systems are applied to diverse projects to ensure the overall safety of the building envelope and its occupants.

Attendees are Eligible to Earn:

  • One (1) AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit
  • One (1) IIBEC Continuing Education Hour (CEH)

Hickman Approved Provider

Hickman Edge Systems is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number 404109558. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES (cessupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

These learning programs are registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

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