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march 2003
Vol 1 No. 12

Minnesota’s newsletter for the building industry
The money we save on printing and postage from the newsletter will help us maintain other vital programs, such as our training seminars throughout the state. Outreach has been a keystone to our success. Our ability to offer seminars in Metro and outstate locations increases participation and will help Minnesota move toward statewide uniformity of building codes. Although our seminars are always well attended, we are expecting a record number of participants this year due to the many pending code updates now being adopted. I want to know if we are meeting your needs, especially now, as we are communicating information regarding new codes as they are adopted. I also want to confirm that you are pleased with the customer service you receive from our employees and want to be notified if you have any concerns. Please take a few moments and send us your comments. Either printout and fax these forms back to u.

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espite challenges presented by the current state budget, we are committed to keeping you informed of code changes through our education seminars and timely communications. However, as a budgetreduction measure, we must temporarily stop distribution of the printed newsletter. An electronic version of the newsletter will continue to be posted to our website. If you wish to provide us with your e-mail address, we will notify you when it is posted to the web. The website is a 24/7 source of information and a resource that is being updated and expanded with your input. Please look over the list of items currently posted on our website. Is there anything we can add or change to the website to make it a more effective resource for you?

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Email: jane.schmidley@state.mn.us

BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS DIVISION
WWW.ADMIN.STATE.MN.US/BUILDINGCODES

408 METRO SQUARE BUILDING 121 7TH PLACE EAST • ST. PAUL MN 55101 (651) 296-4639 • FAX: (651) 297-1973 • TTY: (1-800) 627-3529

Minnesota Mechanical Code Seminar

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his program will cover the 2000 International Mechanical Code (IMC) and the 2000 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), which are being proposed for adoption with amendments in the State of Minnesota. After being adopted, these codes and amendments will replace the current Minnesota Mechanical Code, Minnesota Chapter 1346, and will apply to both residential and commercial construction. The seminar will include residential and commercial ventilation, combustion air, makeup air, duct construction, and an overview of the following reference standards which are contained in the 2000 IMC and IFGC: u ASHRAE 62 “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality” u NFPA 96 “Ventilation Control of Commercial Cooking Operations” u SMACNA “ HVAC Duct Construction Standards” Building officials, inspectors, engineers, design professionals, mechanical and HVAC contractors, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. The one-day seminar will be held on Wednesdays beginning March 26 and ending June 4. Registration will begin at 8 and the seminar ends at 4 p.m. The $35 per-person registration fee will include lunch. All sites selected are accessible to persons with disabilities and have free parking. Although a seminar book will be provided, attendees may bring copies of the 2000 IMC and IFGC to use as references. Proposed Minnesota amendments to the IMC and IFGC will also be provided. Presenters are members of the State of Minnesota Mechanical Code Advisory Committee: u Tim Manz, mechanical code representative, Minnesota Building Codes and Standards Division u Matt Wilber, manager, Codes and Standards Division, CenterPoint Energy Minnegasco u Marty Strub, industry liaison, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10/SMARCA, former City of St Paul HVAC inspector Organizers for the seminar are Building Codes’ Don Sivigny, coordinator, and Kelly Denno, support staff. Congratulations to the state’s recently designated building officials: • • • • • • Roger Axel – City of New Hope Steven Carson – City of Butterfield Mr. Marc Davis – City of Grand Rapids Stephen E. Geis – Township of Columbus Christopher Kearney – City of Pine Springs Loren Kohnen - City of Montrose

Including International Mechanical Code & International Fuel Gas Code

March 26 - June 4 Seminar Sites
Detroit Lakes
Wednesday, March 26 Holiday Inn Lakeside 1155 Hwy 10 East (218) 847-2121

North Mankato

Wednesday, May 7 Best Western 1111 Range St. (507) 847-2121

Maplewood

Wednesday, April 2 Best Western Maplewood 1780 East Cty Rd D (615) 770-2811

Brooklyn Center

Wednesday, May 14 Best Western 1501 Freeway Blvd. (763566-4140

Rochester

Wednesday, April 9 Best Western Apache 1517 Southwest 16th St (507) 289-8865

St. Paul

Wednesday, May 21 Holiday Inn East St. Paul 2201 Burns Ave. (651) 731-2220

Burnsville

Wednesday, April 16 Holiday Inn Burnsville 14201 Nicollet Ave. So. (952) 435-2100

St. Cloud

Wednesday, May 28 Best Western Kelly Inn 100 4th Ave. So. (320) 253-0606

Duluth

Wednesday, April 23 Best Western Edgewater 2400 London Rd (218) 728-3601

Maplewood

Wednesday, June 4 Best Western Maplewood 1780 E County Rd D (651) 770-2811
Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. There is limited seating at all sites. On-site Registration will NOT be accepted. Questions? Call (651) 296-1189 or 1-800-627-3529 TTY: (651) 297-5353 or 1-800-627-3529

Plymouth

Wednesday, April 30 Comfort Inn Plymouth 3000 Harbor Lane (763) 559-1222

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Nancy J. Scott - City of Ronneby Wayne Sorenson - County of Freeborn Wayne Stonelake – City of Dassel and City of Cokato Thomas Thompson – City of Wanamingo George Titus – City of East Bethel Stephen Westerhaus – City of Falcon Heights

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CONSTRUCTION CODES ADVISORY COUNCIL

eservations for the traveling display units we provide to building officials for community and industry events have been coming in steadily. If you have an upcoming event you would like to use a display at, please contact Jane Schmidley at (651) 296-6204 or jane.schmidley@state.mn.us. Leave your name, phone number and fax number and she will contact you.

One of three display units available from BCSD.

v Deb Ward, City of Monticello using display materials from BCSD.

r Gary Anderson representing the City of Monticello. v Rob Beckfield and Brian Vinkemeir (right) with West Metro Inspecitions serving the City of Buffalo.
Photos provided by Gary Anderson.

Government and the construction industry working together. t the February CCAC meeting, the council reviewed findings of the Techincal Advisory Group (TAG) report on a statewide mechanical/ HVAC business licensing. A preliminary ‘next steps’ outline was developed for committee review. With the adoption of updated Charlie Petersen codes pending, the CCAC is forming facilitated a lively, productive TAG report a Technical Advisory Group to meet with legislators to discuss the need for application of the Minnesota Building Code statewide. If you are interested in participating, contact Colleen Chirhart at (651) 296-4329 or colleen.chirhart@state.mn.us. The CCAC is a statewide forum for issues related to construction. CCAC meetings are open and interested parties are welcomed to attend. Next Meeting: March 6, 2003, 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Building Codes and Standards conference room. (See map on last page of the newsletter.)

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Jane Schmidley recently joined BCSD as a communications coordinator replacing Mary Williams. Jane will be your contact for: - Submissions and/or ideas for the newsletter or website. - Photos - prints or digital. Be sure to include your return address for prints, photo credit, and caption information. Watch for worksite, community, before/after, and good vs poor building-related photo opportunties. - Display reservations and handouts. Contact Jane at: jane.schmidley@state.mn.us or (651) 296-6204. March 4 – Thief River Falls – Program on International Residential Code -Products All day. Contact Karie Liberko (651) 646-7959 March 13 – Mankato – Program on IRC-Products All day. Contact Karie Liberko (651) 646-7959 March 14 - Rochester – Program on IRC-Updates All day. Contact Karie Liberko (651) 646-7959

Introducing...

CCAC GOALS for 2003: 1. Statewide building code adoption. 2. Certification and licensure of construction occupations. 3. Healthy Homes program? initiative? 4. CCAC website with links. 5. National model energy code. adoption?
BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS • CERTIFIED BUILDING OFFICIALS • COMMERCIAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS • CONSTRUCTION UNIONS • FIRE SERVICE HVAC CONTRACTORS • LICENSED ENGINEERS • LICENSED RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS • LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT • PLUMBING CONTRACTORS • REGISTERED ARCHITECTS • MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION – BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS DIVISION • MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE – ENERGY DIVISION MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIVISION • MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION
CCAC MEMBERS REPRESENT:

March 19 - Winona – Program on IRC-Products All day. Contact Karie Liberko (651) 646-7959 March 26 - Mound – Program on IRC- Contractors All day. Contact Matt Simoneau (952) 427-0614 March 26 - Detroit Lakes – Spring Seminar Program – Mechanical Code Contact Don Sivigny (651) 297-3600

March 27 - Hinkley – Program on IRCAll day. Contact Karie Liberko (651) 646-7959

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VISIT US AT...
2003 Builders Product and Service Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center Thursday, March 27 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. BOOTH 924

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