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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. 10

State Building Official Tom Joachim assumes presidency of national group S
tate Building Official Tom Joachim has become president of the National Conference of States of Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS). He assumed his duties at the close of the conference’s 35th annual conference and national forum on “Building Smarter in the Digital Age” in October in Louisville, Ky. Tom has been Minnesota’s state building official since 1992 and a member of the Department of Administration’s Building TOM JOACHIM Codes and Standards Division since 1983. He was previously vice president of the conference and has been a Minnesota delegate since 1991. He was elected by his colleagues in June. The NCSBCS is an organization of professionals “working through cooperative efforts to enhance health, safety, welfare, and economic development by promoting quality and innovation in the building environment through technical services, education, and training.” As president, Tom said the theme for his two-year term of office is “to help strengthen the nation – providing leadership and services to the code enforcement and construction communities to enhance public safety and
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JANUARY 2003

HAPPYNEW YEAR !

B.O. certification exams at U’s annual school

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tate building official certification exams will be given Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, from 7 a.m. to Noon at the annual Building Official Institute at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. For information or to register, call Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802 or Rich Lockrem at (651) 205-4803.

Manufactured homes advisory committee being formed

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t this time, the Minnesota Building Codes and Standards Division will begin to review state laws and rules for manufactured housing. The National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act, amended in 2000, requires states participating in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured home

Prospective members should apply this month

programs to review current state laws and rules for manufactured housing to ensure compliance with changes to the act before Dec. 31, 2005. Advisory committee

Minnesota Building Codes and Standards Division consumer complaint investigations have also indicated a need for review of license and bonding requirements for sales of manufactured homes within the state of Minnesota.
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The 47th Annual Institute for Building Officials is Jan. 9 through 17 at the Earle Brown Continuing Education Center on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus.

Codes Council decides to explore broader state code administration
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he Construction Codes Advisory Council at its October meeting decided to explore the benefits to consumers and builders relating to phased-in inspection. The council voted to work on a strategic proposal during 2003 to present to the 2004 Legislature. In general, any city, county, or township could adopt the code under this plan, except that a county could adopt it only in unincorporated areas. The council’s Statewide Code Adoption Technical Advisory Group’s plan included the following recommendations: 1. A minimum building standard should be established statewide in Minnesota and it should be the Minnesota State Building Code, including provisions on design criteria. 2. The building code should be administered in counties with greater than 10,000 population and in cities with a population of 2,500 or more. Counties and cities under the population limits should determine whether to administer the code. 3. The building code should be administered through local or state inspection programs. 4. Costs of the inspection and administration of the building code should be covered by a fee-for-service process. 5. A local unit of government should be allowed to charge and collect a fee for up to one year before full implementation of the program, in order to provide funds to initiate administration of the building code.

Other council business

In other business, the council received correspondence from the Board of Electricity requesting that a member of the board and an electrical contractor be added to the list of representatives on the council. Council chair Dean Newins announced his resignation because he accepted a position on the East Coast. Roger Larson, a registered architect, will fill his membership position for the balance of the year. Vice chair Tom Joachim will chair the meetings through the end of Newin’s term.

Building Codes and Standards Division staff and management will speak at U’s Annual School for building officials in January

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uilding Codes and Standards Division staff will again be part of the curriculum at the U of M’s Annual Building Officials School. Here’s the program:
Manufactured Housing/Plumbing – Tuesday, Jan. 14, 3 - 4:30 p.m. – Randy Vogt. Overview of 2000 International Mechanical Code and Minnesota Amendments – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. - Noon – Tim Manz.

State of the State Codes (General Assembly) – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 - 10 a.m. – State Building Official Tom Joachim and others. Accessibility – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. - Noon – Curt Wiehle. Manufactured Buildings – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. - Noon – Randy Vogt. Townhouses in the International Residential Code – Friday, Jan. 17, 8:30 - Noon – Peter Kulczyk.

International Residential Code – Friday, Jan. 17, 1 - 4:30 p.m. – Rich Lockrem and Mike Fricke.

WE’LL BE HAPPY to consider publishing your building coderelated news. Send it to Mary Williams via fax (651) 297-1973 or e-mail mary.williams@state. mn.us. We’ll consider photos, too, if they’re digital.

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Form, instructions mailed for annual report on building fees
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he 2001 State Legislature passed a law requiring all Minnesota municipalities to report the construction and development-related fees they collected from developers, builders, and subcontractors in the previous year. The Building Codes and Standards Division formed a committee of representatives from the League of Minnesota Cities, Builders Association, municipal community development and finance officers, local building officials, and division staff. This committee drafted a form to use to make the report. State Building Official Tom Joachim mailed a packet containing the new form and its instructions to all municipal administrators and clerks in December. The first report will cover Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2002, and is due to the division by April 1, THE FORM 2003. The form can be copied from an enclosed form or printed from the Building Codes and Standards Web site, www.admin.state.mn.us/buildingcodes (click on “Forms,” then click on “Municipal Development Fees and Expenses Annual Report”). The form can be faxed or mailed. • • Fax the form to the division at: (651) 297-1973 or mail the form to: Building Codes and Standards Division 408 Metro Square Building 121 7th Place East, St. Paul 55101-2181 Questions about filling out the form should be directed to one of these division staff members: Mike Fricke (651) 205-4802 mike.fricke@state.mn.us Mike Godfrey (651) 296-2922 michael.godfrey@state.mn.us Rich Lockrem (651) 205-4803 rich.lockrem@state.mn.us

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2003 Manufactured Structures Seminar Agenda
7:30 a.m. 8 a.m. Registration General issues Update HUD rule changes Update MBCD 8:30 a.m. On-site issues • Site preparation/foundations/footings • Home installation (codes and manufacturer’s instructions) • Connections (insulation, vapor barrier, ridge cap, electrical, structural connections, plumbing, mechanical, gas, DWV, water) • On-site testing (gas, electric, mechanical, water, DWV) • On-site permits/inspections • On-site stairs, decks, additions, alterations 10 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. On-site issues continued Noon Lunch 1 p.m. Alternate construction (AC letters) • Identification of units • Responsibilities – manufacturer/dealer/installer/ IPIA • Inspections and reports • On-site completion/testing 2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Break Manufacturer/dealer record keeping/reporting (licensing requirements) Dispute resolution/consumer complaint handling (federal and state) Adjourn

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Manufactured Structures announces 2003 seminars

he Manufactured Structures Section of the Building Codes and Standards Division has drawn up its schedule for 2003 seminars. The division will conduct the seminars in seven locations on seven days in April. The agenda for each seminar is published in the box to the left. Here’s the schedule: Tuesday, April 1: Holiday Inn, Austin Thursday, April 3: AmericInn, Marshall Tuesday, April 8: Holiday Inn, Burnsville Thursday, April 10: Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes Tuesday, April 15: Holiday Inn, St. Cloud Tuesday, April 22: Holiday Inn, Duluth Thursday, April 24: Best Western Inn, Maplewood For more information or to register, call Cindy Jackson at (651) 296-4628, fax her at (651) 297-1973, e-mail her at cindy.jackson@state.mn.us, or write to her at the division offices. The seminar will cost $35 per person and will include lunch.

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• • • The Building Codes and Standards Division will begin review of federal and state laws and rules for suggested changes to ensure compliance and assure consumer protection to the public of the state of Minnesota. Therefore, the division is assembling a manufactured home advisory committee to review and comment on items of concern to manufactured home installation and sales laws and rules. The advisory committee will report its recommendations to Minnesota State Building Official Tom Joachim, who will determine the actions to be taken. The committee will have 17 members: • • • • • • • • 2 licensed manufactured home installers 2 consumers representing consumer groups 2 licensed manufactured home dealers 1 licensed general contractor 1 representative from the League of Minnesota Cities 1 representative from the Association of Minnesota Counties 2 licensed manufacturer’s representatives 1 representative of the Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association 1 representative of the Minnesota Department of Commerce 2 building code representatives from the Department of Administration 2 municipal building officials

It is anticipated that the committee will meet for four hours approximately every three months at the division’s St. Paul offices. Each committee member may be required to commit nonmeeting time for law or rule review and research for items to be discussed at the meetings. Committee members will receive copies of current federal and state regulations to be reviewed for possible changes. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on this committee, you may obtain Manufactured Home Advisory Committee member applications and further information from Cindy Jackson at (651) 296-4628 (voice), (651) 2971973 (fax), cindy.jackson@state.mn. us (e-mail), or at the division offices. Applications must be submitted to the division on or before Feb. 1, 2003. If interested parties’ responses exceed the number of available positions, not all applicants will be chosen to serve on the committee.

CONGRATULATIONS to the state’s recently designated building officials: • •

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Ernest G. Aden – City of Apple Valley Nancy J. Scott – St. Joseph Township, City of Avon, City of Ronneby, and City of Royalton David E. Barnes – City of Cannon Falls David Neisen – City of Frazee and City of Perham Russ Wahl – City of Inver Grove Heights Duane Stensland – West Lakeland Township Paul Berg – City of Dundas Ken Lewis – City of Farmington

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economic competitiveness,” which includes four key initiatives: • provide leadership, technical, and administrative support to help streamline the nation’s building regulatory process through the innovative use of information technology; • provide enhanced homeland security for the built environment;

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• expand the Industrialized Buildings Commission, an interstate compact; and • develop and implement additional services to building officials and the construction community. Driving forces behind these initiatives are the need for secure databases; reduced regulatory costs of construction as well as faster and more consistent regulation of factory-built structures; expanded construction standards, information technologies, and education and training programs dealing with homeland security against all types of

disasters; and broader communication vehicles within the conference. Members include governorappointed delegates from each state and U.S. territory, state and local building officials, architects, engineers, building contractors, manufacturers, national associations and corporations, insurance organizations, and the private sector. The conference was founded by the nation’s governors in 1967 to help represent their building code and public safety concerns on the national level.

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Jan. 10 – Alexandria – State Building Codes and Standards Division presentation to BAM on products. Contact Katie Liberko at (651) 6467959. Jan. 9 - 17 – St. Paul – University of Minnesota’s 47th Annual Institute for Building Officials. Contact Theresa Washington at (612) 6246225.

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EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
The Education/Certification Section of the Building Codes and Standards Division has created its schedule for the next 29 examinations for certified building official, certified building official – limited, and accessibility specialist. For more information, contact Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802 or Rich Lockrem at (651) 205-4803. Feb. 1 March 22 May 10 June 28 Aug. 16 Oct. 4 Nov. 22 Jan. 10 (2004)

IN THE DECEMBER 2002 issue of the Standard, the lead story on the surcharge reporting form used the term “Chapter 13” instead of “Chapter 1300.” The editor now knows another piece of inside lingo.

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