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THE BUILDING CODES & STANDARDS DIVISION WEBSITE NEWSLETTER

Safe Buildings Save Lives
Celebrating Building Safety Week April 4-10 “Building safety requires constantly being proactive.” states Tom Joachim, State Building Official. “An investment in building safety saves lives and protects property. This is accomplished with careful planning, use of quality products and professional installation employed by a builder during construction and remodeling, and inspection by trained staff and code officials to ensure building safety.” We have seen some horrible events happen nationally that have involved buildings. Whenever a fire or structural disaster occurs one of the first questions asked is ‘Don’t we have laws to protect against such things happening?’ Tom Anderson, Building Codes and Standards Division Assistant Director responds, “We cannot see foresee foolish or malicious acts of individuals. However, the Minnesota State Building Code and companion documents such as fire, mechanical, plumbing, and property maintenance codes do provide the framework for our safety in the buildings we work, play, and sleep in. Safe buildings don’t just happen by chance. The good safety record of Minnesota buildings is a credit to the professionals who enforce Minnesota codes.” Building Safety Week, celebrated April 4-10, recognizes the importance of safe buildings and the professionals who make sure buildings are safe in our community. Building departments across America and around the world will celebrate Building Safety Week to promote the use, enforcement, and understanding of the importance of building codes to public safety. Building code regulations enforced in communities in Minnesota help ensure minimum standards for safe homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings. Building codes regulate structural, health, building, and fire safety aspects of the built environment during the time of construction. Codes are enforced by professionals in local city halls, fire departments, county courthouses, and at state and federal levels.
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u Building Safety Week: April 4 - 10 u 2004 Spring Seminar Registration Information u Website Updates: - Alert Regarding Pressure Treated Wood - Committee Information u Survey & Email Request TEXT IN RED is a LINK.

MARCH 2004 IN THIS ISSUE:

We don’t know when disaster will strike. However, we can plan our response. The April Standard will feature information about the updated Disaster Preparedness manual.

BUILDING CODES & STANDARDS DIVISION
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For Spring Seminar & Mfg Structures information & registration go to:
www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us

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Building Safety Week is sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC), which works with communities around the world to promote the use, enforcement and understanding of the importance of building codes to public safety. In addition to building, fire and other code officials, ICC members include architects, engineers, builders, building owners, building managers, and building product manufacturers. Minnesota State Building Code The first building codes in the United States were established in 1625 and addressed fire safety and specified materials for roof coverings. In 1630, Boston outlawed wooden chimneys and thatch roof coverings. In the late 1770s, George Washington recommended that imposition of height and area limitations on wood frame buildings in his plans for the District of Columbia. In 1788, the first known formal building code was written in the United States in Old Salem, (now Winston-Salem) North Carolina. Larger U.S. cities began establishing building codes in the early 1800s. In 1865, New Orleans became the first city to enact a law requiring inspections of public places. The National Board of Fire Underwriters published its Recommended National Building Code in 1905. In 1915, the world’s first building safety code organization was established as a forum for exchanging ideas regarding building safety and construction regulations.
Historical info provided by the International Code Council.
KITTSON ROSEAU LAKE OF THE WOODS MARSHALL
PENNINGTON RED LAKE

BELTRAMI KOOCHICHING
CLEARWATER

COOK ST LOUIS ITASCA LAKE

POLK NORMAN
MAHNOMEN

CLAY

BECKER

HUBBARD
WADENA

CASS

CROW WING

AITKIN

CARLTON

WILKIN

OTTER TAIL

GRANT
TRAVERSE

BENTON

BIG STEVENS STONE

POPE

STEARNS

MILLE LACS

SHERURNE
KANDIYOHI

ISANTI
ANOKA

KANABEC

TODD DOUGLAS Todd MORRISON

PINE

CHISAGO O
WASHINGTON

SWIFT
LAC QUI PARLE CHIPPEWA

MEEKER

WRIGHT
HENNEPIN
RAMSEY

YELLOW MEDICINE LINCOLN

RENVILLE

MCLEOD CARVER
NICOLLET

SCOTT

DAKOTA GOODHUE WABASHA DODGE OLMSTED WINONA HOUSTON

LYON REDWOOD
COTTONWOOD

SIBLEY

PIPESTONE

BROWN
MURRAY
WATONWAN

LE SUEUR U

RICE
STEELE

BLUE EARTH

WASECA

ROCK

NOBLES

JACKSON

MARTIN

FARIBAULT

FREEBORN

MOWER

FILLMORE

The code is administered throughout these counties. In other counties the code is administered by specific cities and townships.

Minnesota Totals

YES

NO

Cities - 855 405 Townships - 1791 253 Counties - 87 20

450 1538 67
GI001 1-04

Be sure to check the website at least once a week:
www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us
Current notices in What’s New: u Mechanical Bond information. u State Appeals Board information. u Education seminars currently underway: Spring Seminar and Manufactured Homes.
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Memo regarding pressure treated wood fasteners. BCSD brochures updated. Planning review commentary regarding IBC Chapt 29 (number & type of required plumbing fixtures in a “unisex” restroom. Disaster Memo

Other Items of Interest in What’s New: u BCSD Calendar (exams, seminars) u The Standard (current and past issues) u Minn. State Building Code in pdf format u Map with directions to BCSD u Counties that have adopted the code. u Question Form and Contact Info u Locate your building official. New items in the Rules Section: u Advisory Committees u 1346 IMC/IFG hearing notices

mncodes.org - your resource for Minnesota construction code info

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BCSD SPRING SEMINAR Focus on Mechanical and Plumbing Codes Seminar Dates and Locations: Wednesday, March 24 (Registration limit 50) Holiday Inn Lakeside Highway 10, East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-847-2121 Wednesday, March 31 (Registration limit 100) Best Western Maplewood, 1780 E Cty Rd. D Maplewood, MN 55109 651-770-2811

Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limited seating at all sites. On-site registrations will NOT be accepted. A seminar book will be provided. Fill out this form and mail it with your payment to: Building Codes and Standards Division 408 Metro Square Bldg., 121 7th Place East St. Paul, MN 55101-2181 2004 SPRING BUILDING CODE SEMINAR Registration Form
(Please clearly type or print. One registrant per form)

Name: Wednesday, April 7 (Registration limit 60) Best Western 1111 Range Street, North Mankato, MN 56003 Certification # (if applicable) 507-625-9333

Phone

Wednesday, April 14 (Registration limit 60) Holiday Inn Burnsville 14201 Nicollet Ave S, Burnsville, MN 55337 952-435-2100 Wednesday, April 21 (Registration limit 60) Best Western Edgewater 2400 London Road, Duluth, MN 55812 218-728-3601 Wednesday, April 28 (Registration limit 100 Comfort Inn Plymouth 3000 Harbor Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 763-559-1222 Wednesday, May 5 (Registration limit 60) Best Western Apache 1517 SW 16th St., Rochester, MN 55902 507-289-8866 Wednesday, May 12 (Registration limit 60) Holiday Inn East St. Paul 2201 Burns Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119 651-731-2220 Wednesday, May 19
(Registration limit 75)

Employer Address

City/State/Zip E-Mail Address: q Please put me on your list for future seminars. Registration fee is $35/person. Registrations received later than 10 days prior to the seminar will NOT be accepted.
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Please make checks payable to State Treasurer. If using a purchase order, please attach a copy. State employees use Bldg Codes & Standards vendor # 200306985 43 State Deposit #

Indicate choice of seminar you wish to attend: q March 24, Detroit Lakes q May 5, Rochester q March 31, Maplewood q May 12, St. Paul q April 7, North Mankato q May 19, St. Cloud q April 14, Burnsville q May 26, Brooklyn Center q April 21, Duluth q June 2, Maplewood q April 28, Plymouth

Best Western Kelly Inn 100 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-253-0606 Wednesday, May 26 (Registration limit 60) Earle Brown Heritage Center 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763-569-6300 Wednesday, June 2 (Registration limit 100) Best Western Maplewood 1780 E Cty Rd. D, Maplewood, MN 55109 651-770-2811

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