The Building & Fire Code Academy,a subsidiary of B & F Technical Code Services, Inc. in Hoffman Estates, will present"Commercial Kitchen Exhaust - Hood and Duct Systems"on November 8-9, 2005 in Atlanta.

This two-day, special-topic class is for anyone who is involved with commercial kitchen ventilation systems, including kitchen designers, building inspectors, fire inspectors, plan reviewers, architects, mechanical engineers, contractors, and product suppliers.

The course provides a comprehensive review of many regulations and concerns for the proper system design, installation, operation, and maintenance. The requirements from the NFPA 96 and the mechanical code for the construction and installation of hood and duct system are explained and illustrated. The fire extinguishing system has specific design and installation requirements, which will be reviewed. A checklist of the applicable code sections will be provided with the workbook.

These systems require proper equipment, which has been tested and listed, generally by the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. The UL Standards requirements used in evaluating these products, documenting the different tests, and how listing of these products is achieved, will be explained.

Illustrations and examples will demonstrate how to determine if a product complies with the required standard and code. Catalog cuts and workbook illustrations of different equipment will be used to illustrate the products and their use. The final acceptance of the system installation is the proper test of all the equipment and the entire system. The test and inspection requirements of the hood and duct system, fire-extinguishing system, and the systems together are explained.

This course is offered in partnership with Compliance Solutions International, Inc.

The Building & Fire Code Academy is an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) authorized provider and an American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) registered provider. Students completing courses receive 1.2 continuing education units, contact hours and/or state credit where applicable. Architects completing classes earn 12 learning units. All courses qualify for health, safety and welfare credit.

Registration deadline is Oct. 25, after which the specific class site will be announced. Class fee is $300.

Further information can be obtained by calling BFCA at 847-884-4969 or 800-488-7057, by e-mailing or by visiting