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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS DIVISION
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION • 408 METRO SQUARE BUILDING 121 7TH PLACE EAST • ST. PAUL MN 55101 • VOL. 1, NO. 5

ROSEAU FLOODING

The City of Roseau was under water in June, following heavy rains and a river cresting past flood stage. Emergency helpers from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as hundreds of volunteers, helped with the flood recovery. More photos and story on Page 2.

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Randy Vogt appointed to HUD committee for manufactured housing
andy Vogt, a senior building code rep with the Building Codes and Standards Division, has been named one Randy Vogt of 21 members of the Consensus Committee for Manufactured Housing. The
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he Minnesota State Fair gives us a great opportunity to show the public how building codes benefit them in their everyday lives. We have the chance to tell thousands of fair visitors about the important function their local code officials play in the community. The building code booth at the fair is a joint public education effort by local code To work at the fair’s officials and the code booth, call Kelly Building Codes Denno at (651) 296-1189 and Standards or Don Sivigny at (651) Office. Local 297-3600. Volunteers get code officials free admission and free and some state parking. Work shifts are 9 personnel a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 9 volunteer their p.m. Fair Page 4

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eems like summer just began and already we need to talk about fall. The Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner and planning is well under way for the Minnesota Code Officials booth in the Education Building, sponsored by the Building Codes and Standards Division. Our booth is one of the more popular booths in the building, despite the fact that we serve no food and the only thing we give

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Flooding threatens building integrity

Flooding Roseau River makes islands of inland high spots on this Roseau farm.

hen the rains came, trouble followed. Most buildings were threatened in the June flooding of Roseau. Roseau Building Official Kevin Wiskow asked for assistance from Building Codes and StanPhotos by LeRoy Heitz dards, which sent five code representatives to the city. Region 1 Flooding can weaken or Building Code wash out the foundation of Representative a building, shift a building off its foundation, destroy its electrical and mechanical systems, and in general make a building uninhabitable. Many of the buildings in the city limits suffered varying degrees of flood damage. State code representatives Doug Nord, Jim Muyres, Greg Karow, Dennis Lockwood, and Scott Wheeler were on the scene to help. A call for volunteers brought many people to the areas. An in-depth report on the flood and recognition of the volunteers will be published in next month’s Standard.

Roseau’s Polaris plant (above) was threatened, but heavy sandbagging kept the buildings protected; other places did not fare as well (below).

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Plan review team ensures safety of public buildings

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Four code representatives pore over plans, specs, addenda, change orders

uilding Codes and Standards Plan Review Section staff are the state’s experts in understanding codes relating to construction of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities. The division is responsible for building code administration (plan review, permit issuance, and inspection) for all “public buildings” and “state licensed facilities.” This also includes
outpatient surgical centers, supervised living facilities, and buildings owned by the state, such as those on the capitol complex and the district offices of the departments of Transportation and Natural Resources. State law allows the division to delegate this administration to local government if certain criteria are met. When the division is responsible for the plan review, one of four code representatives — Jerry Norman, Jim Fallon, Paul Heimkes, or Dave Krings — will perform the duty. Before this can happen, however, they must receive a complete application with a set of construction documents (plans, specifications, addenda, change orders), sample structural calculations, energy code compliance forms, a special inspection program, a code record, and a fee payment. The section reviews plans on a first-come, first-served basis. Although Minnesota law gives the division 30 days to respond to the applicant, our own standard is 21 days. Most of the year, the division turns plans around in seven to14 days. During a busy construction season, though, 21- to 30-day waits are not uncommon. After the review, we send a thorough report to the architect and a copy to the local building official or contract inspector. We will authorize the project for permit issuance only after the architect has corrected the contract documents to reflect each of the comments in the plan review report. In addition to reviewing public buildings and state-licensed facilities, the division also offers a municipal plan review service. This can be helpful to municipalities during times of backlog, on politically sensitive projects, or for specialty work such as fire-sprinkler systems or unique structural designs. If you have questions regarding this process, contact the

Plan Review Team

They ensure the construction safety of the state’s public buildings. From left, Jim Fallon, Paul Heimkes, Jerry Norman, and Dave Krings.

section’s director, Scott McLellan at (651) 297-1658 or by e-mail at scott.mclellan @state.mn.us. When the team is not reviewing plans, it may be preparing or giving a seminar program, answering code questions, meeting with

an architect on a preliminary plan review, preparing the International Building Code for adoption, teaching a course for limited building officials, examining municipal plan review procedures, performing inspections, attending a committee meeting, or presenting a brown-bag lunch program to an architectural firm.

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New fire and smoke damper ContinuedFair Page 1 from requirements go into effect F
ire and smoke dampers manufactured after July 1, 2002, must be tested and classified to new requirements from Underwriters Laboratory (UL). UL Standard 555, Fire Dampers (6th edition), and UL Standard 555S, Smoke Dampers (4th edition), have been revised, with upgraded safety and reliability testing requirements. As a result, UL listings of almost all fire and smoke dampers classified under previous editions of these standards expired on June 30, 2002. According to Tim Manz, Building Codes’ mechanical code representative, the following are some of the major changes to these standards:

Mechanical code matters

Minimum airflow and pressure categories have been established, and they include appropriate safety factors.

Closure and operational tests are required at elevated temperatures (for example, 250°F and 350°F).

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Dampers are required to be tested and rated for airflow in either direction. Fire dampers must be designated as either “static” or “dynamic,” based on whether the HVAC system remains operational during a fire emergency.

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Smoke dampers are required to have a “dynamic” rating. Field-mounted actuators are no longer acceptable, and dampers must be classified with specific actuators.

Although the 1997 Uniform Building Code (UBC) references the previous editions of these standards, Section 713.10, Smoke Dampers, and Section 713.11, Fire Dampers, of the 1997 UBC require “dampers complying with the requirements of approved recognized standards.” As a result, the building official may accept the new standard as an alternate until the code is updated. The Minnesota amendments to the 2000 International Building Code (IBC), which is slated for adoption later this year, will specifically reference the latest editions of these standards. Both the 1997 UBC and the 2000 IBC require a minimum of Class II leakage rating (classification) and an elevated temperature rating of not less than 250°F for smoke dampers. Unfortunately, the new standards do not require the dampers to be marked with information indicating compliance with the latest edition of the standards. However, UL will not allow manufacturers to identify dampers with the UL mark after July 1, 2002, unless the dampers are tested and classified to the latest edition of UL 555 or UL 555S. The standards also require the date of manufacture (or an acceptable code representing the date of manufacture) to be displayed on each damper, so that the date identification can be used to determine compliance with the new standards.

time to staff the booth. The building code booth is in the Education Building. On Governor’s Fire Prevention Day (Friday, Aug. 23), the building code display extends outside the building to demonstrate emergency egress windows. The egress display is titled “Up, Out, and Away.” It teaches the importance of exiting in case of fire and the value of a family escape plan. It’s one of many displays in the Department of Public Safety’s fire prevention promotion. The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 22, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. City inspection departments from all over the state – including local building inspectors, building officials, electrical inspectors, and plumbing and mechanical inspectors, as well as staff members from the State Board of Electricity and the Building Codes Division – volunteer to work at the building code booth. They answer fairgoers’ questions, hand out pencils and brochures, and provide telephone numbers of local building departments, all to demonstrate the benefits of the building code and the importance of local building officials to their everyday lives. It’s a public outreach event that provides big payoffs to code officials.

You may contact Tim Manz, Building Codes’ mechanical code representative, • Smoke damper leakage classification IV at (651) 297-4379 (voice), (651) 297-1973 (fax), or Tim.Manz@state.mn.us (ehas been eliminated. mail). • Requirements for a

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“combination fire and smoke damper” have been established for the first time.

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated building officials: • James Henneck – North St. Paul • Bernard F. Schulte – Brownton

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committee was established by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. The appointment was announced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez. The committee is an advisory body charged with providing recommendations to the secretary on the revision and interpretation of HUD’s manufactured housing construction and safety standards and related procedural and enforcement regulations. The CCMH is also charged with developing proposed model installation standards for the manufactured housing industry and will forward its proposals to HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program for review. “Manufactured Housing composes roughly one quarter of all new singlefamily homes in the U.S. annually and it constitutes a majority of the housing that is affordable for low- or moderateincome Americans,” said the HUD secretary. “This distinguished group of housing experts will ensure that this country’s manufactured housing is of the highest standards and quality.” Since 1976, more than 5 million manufactured homes have been built in the United States. Committee members are expected to serve two-year terms from one of three categories: producers, users, and general interest and public officials. Randy will participate in the general interest and public officials category. He is the only appointee from the Upper Midwest. Congress established HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program in 1974 in order to reduce personal injuries, deaths, property damage, and insurance costs, and to improve the quality and durability of manufactured homes. Congress added new emphasis on protecting the affordability of manufactured housing, provided for uniform enforcement of practical performance-based standards, and established “a balanced consensus

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Certification exam dates are changed
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St. Paul July 13 Aug. 24 Oct. 5 Nov. 16 Dec. 21 Detroit Lakes Aug. 15 Oct. 18 Dec. 12 Grand Rapids Aug. 29 Nov. 1 Mankato Sept. 19 Nov. 22

he June issue of The Standard published the schedule of building official certification exams to be conducted by the Building Codes and Standards Division for the rest of the calendar year. Three of those dates have been changed. They are: Detroit Lakes, changed from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18; Grand Rapids, changed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1; and Mankato, changed from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22. Here’s the entire schedule of the remaining dates this year:

For more information, call Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802 or Rich Lockrem at (651) 205.4803.

process for development, revision, and interpretation” of the construction and safety standards and regulations. HUD establishes and enforces federal manufactured home construction and safety standards and is assisted by the 37 states with state administrative agencies to oversee the industry. HUD enforces these standards by inspecting factories, conducting investigations, obtaining records, and holding hearings. HUD also has the authority to issue orders requiring remedial action or notification of homeowners. HUD is committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minority populations, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities, and people living with AIDS. The department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation’s fair-housing laws.

Engineers to play for scholarships

The 22nd annual scholarship fund softball tournament sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies is Saturday, Aug. 10, in Bloomington. Trophies will be awarded to division champions, runners-up, and a consolation champion. The council guarantees three games and will use ASA umpires at the Minnesota Scholarship Fundsanctioned event. The playing fields are at 90th and Portland. State building official Tom Joachim is putting together a team. Anyone interested should call him at (651) 296-4627. The tournament director, David Oxley, can be reached at (952) 593-5533. Deadline for entries is Aug. 2.

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Aug. 15 – Maplewood – Lake Country–North Star chapters education seminar on structural and accessibility subjects. Contact Keith Willie at (651) 464-3550. Aug. 15 – Detroit Lakes – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 2054802. Aug. 24 – St. Paul – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802. Aug. 29 – Grand Rapids – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 2054802. Sept. 4 – Rochester – SMCBFO education. Contact to be announced. Sept. 18 – Redwood Falls – Southwest Chapter of Building Officials education seminar on architecture by Doreen Frost, AIA. Contact Russell Thornberg at (507) 2389461. Sept. 19 – Mankato – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802. Sept. 24 – North Mankato – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on administration and existing buildings. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Sept. 25 – North Mankato – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on IBC. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Oct. 2 – Maplewood – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on administration and existing buildings. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Oct. 3 – Maplewood – State Building Codes and Standards seminar on IBC. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Oct. 5 – St. Paul – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802.

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away is good information. The fair is a great opportunity for us to give the public code information in a non-regulatory setting. Besides, it’s fun. I have always enjoyed the time I’ve spent in the booth answering questions and hearing about people’s projects. Aside from the food stands just outside the Education Building, I especially enjoy seeing the large crowds of people anxious to ask their code questions of the volunteer code officials. I also enjoy seeing the kids with their parents, especially when Mom or Dad takes the time to slip in a safety message triggered by something in our display. This year will be the eighth year we have sponsored a fair booth and we’re again looking for volunteer code officials to staff the booth for the 12day run of the fair. If you’re interested in joining the fun and doing a public service, call us and we’ll find you a time slot to cover.