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TEXT IN RED is a LINK. u Plumbing and Engineering Program Plan Review Req. u ALERT: Update for Mechanical Bond Holders u Seminar Updates u Code Admin Services u Q & A: - Product Approval - Interior air barriers and spray-applied foam insulation - Joints in the firewalls of garages or dwellings u New Building Official List u Composite Lumber Info u Survey & Email Request
Glass panels on the surface of the Metro Square Building, where the Building Codes and Standards Division office is located, were shattered on Sunday, May 9th. Many downtown St Paul buildings were damaged from winds clocked at 70 mph. Fortunately no one was injured.

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Minnesota Department of Health

The MDH reviews proposed plumbing projects to ensure compliance with the Minnesota Plumbing Code (Minnesota Rules Chapter 4715). This review applies to plans for modification or installation of plumbing systems that serve the public, except where plans are submitted to either a city of the first class (Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Duluth), or where a city has a plan review agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as described on the MDH website: http:// www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/plumbing/planrev. Plan review includes all interior plumbing, building sewer and water service connections and storm water drainage systems within the property line. Plumbing plans must be submitted and reviewed on all plumbing systems that serve the public. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, grocery stores, department stores, offices, warehouses, churches, assisted living facilities, and housing with 5 units or more (excluding townhomes).

Plumbing and Engineering Program Plan Review Requirement

The Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division, Plumbing and Engineering Unit will begin charging fees for plan review of proposed plumbing projects. The new fee structure became effective on November 1, 2003. The Department previously did not charge a fee for this service. The MDH fees do not apply where plans are submitted to either a city of the first class (Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Duluth), or where a city has a plan review agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as described on the MDH website. The MDH fees do not affect any local government authority or permit requirements. These fees are required by Minnesota Statute 326.42. Plans submitted should include proposed interior plumbing, building sewer and water service connections within the property line, and storm water drainage systems. Some of the specific items that MDH looks for in the review are adequate pipe sizing, proper pipe connections, approved materials, fixture specifications, and backflow prevention devices. Complete plan approval must be given before installation of any portion of the plumbing system may begin. The following items are linked to documents: • Plumbing Plan Review Application (pdf) • Fee Calculator • Fact Sheet and Fee Schedule for Plumbing Review (pdf)

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ATTENTION: Mechanical Bond Holders
Mechanical bonds that have been issued by the State of Minnesota will begin to expire on July 1st 2004. Mechanical bonds expire annually on the date of your original bond. Reminders will be mailed prior to the bond policy expiration date and will contain the requirements for continuation of your bond. This reminder will be the only one you will The Bond List is posted on the website. receive. Failure to renew your bond will result in your company being deleted from our database and website. Greg Karow, greg.karow@state.mn.us is the contact for questions regarding the mechanical bond.

Code Administration Services

Building code representatives from the Building Codes and Standards, Code Administrative Services Section are visiting all jurisdictions in the State of Minnesota evaluating the administrative provisions of the State Building Code. The purpose of their visit is to ascertain the effectiveness of the building department’s administration of the code by evaluating the entire permit process, identify areas of concern and help implement changes that are required. This service is intended to provide resources to the building official to carry out the full parameters of code enforcement. The evaluation process includes: u Evaluating the effectiveness of the building departments administration of the code by evaluating the entire permit process. u Identifying areas of concern and assistance to implement change. u Providing resources to the Building Official to carry out the full parameters of the code. In addition, the Code Administration Services Section provides municpalities with disaster preparedness information and technical assistance, when requested, at the time of a disaster. Disaster mitigation begins with planning and the use of building codes to construct safe buildings long before a disaster strikes.

BCSD Seminar Update
The rest of the Spring Seminar classes are closed for regristration and the Manufactured Homes seminar is completed. However, dates and locations have been set for the Fall Seminars: September 22 - Maplewood September 29 - Rochester October 6 - St Paul October 13 - St Cloud October 20 - Burnsville October 27 - Duluth November 3 - Plymouth November 10 - Detroit Lakes November 17 - Brooklyn Center November 18 - Burnsville November 24 - North Mankato December 1 - Maplewood FUTURE ON-LINE REGISTRATION BCSD Education and Computer staff are developing a web-based on-line registration program. Be sure to provide us with a current email address and phone number to receive future registration notices. You may provide us up to three different email addresses - some customers find it helpful to receive notices at their work and off-site computers (laptops, home). Our emails are very short and we rarely include attachments. Send your email address, phone number (to be used if there is a problem with the email address) to jane.schmidley@state.mn.us. Employer and job title are optional. For information about BCSD education seminars and certification, go to www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us Education and Technical Opinions.

“The process of going over operational procedures and presenting a written report to each Building Official is essential in developing and maintaining good building permit departments in municipalities.”
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Q&A

BCSD receives phone calls regarding a wide range of building code questions. Although each situation is different, some merit publication in this Q&A column. the provision for “in substantial contact with the interior air barrier” requirement? A: The interior surface of the spray-applied foam is the interior air barrier already. The balance of the cavity can be left uninsulated. Q: If this spray-applied foam insulation only fills half the thickness of the stud cavity, do the penetrations in the wall, such as for electrical receptacle boxes, require any additional sealing at the gypsum board? A: No. The spray-applied foam already serves as the sealed interior air barrier. Q: Could the spray-applied foam insulation also serve as the vapor retarder? A: Only if it meets the definition of vapor retarder. “A material or assembly to impede water vapor passage designed to meet a maximum permeability rating of 1.0 grain per hour per square foot per inch Hg pressure differential (in English, a perm rating less than 1.0). Q: If the particular spray-applied foam insulation does not meet the vapor retarder requirement, could a vapor retarder be applied to the inside face of the stud wall, even though there is an air space between the foam and the interior face of the stud wall? A: Yes. Could that vapor retarder be in the form of a primer/paint on the gypsum board? Yes, if the particular primer/paint is tested/listed as a vapor retarder (certainly supply the technical data to the local building official for approval prior to application). For additional information, feel free to contact: peter.kulczyk@state.mn.us (BCSD) don.sivigny@state.mn.us (BCSD) bruce.nelson@state.mn.us (Energy division) phil.smith@state.mn.us (Energy division)
DISCLAIMER: BCSD does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external Internet addresses and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information located at such addresses. Use of any information obtained from such addresses is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by BCSD.

Q: Does the Building Codes and Standards Division publish lists of products that it has approved to meet certain building code provisions? A: No. The Building Codes and Standards Division does not approve products. However, we do direct Building Officials to industry resources that produce evaluation reports or third party testing. (example on page 5) A number of questions have been asked regarding interior air barriers and spray-applied foam insulation. The questions relate to the Minnesota Energy Code and merit a brief review of some code definitions: According to the Minnesota Energy Code (section 7672.0500 and 7672.0600): Interior Air Barrier - “A material or combination of materials which are durable and installed at the warm side of the building envelope and continuously sealed to resist the passage of air and airborne moisture from a conditioned space into the building envelope. Acceptable air barrier materials include supported four mil polyethylene, gypsum board, wood products, rigid insulation, plastic, metal, sealed concrete products, and any air impermeable material that qualifies as a draft stop, fire stop, or fire block.” Interior Air Barrier (envelope criteria) - “A sealed, continuous interior air barrier must be installed on the warm side of the building envelope to resist air leakage and movement of moisture into the building envelope to resist air leakage and movement of moisture into the building envelope at ceilings, walls, and floor rim joist areas.” Thermal insulation - “Thermal insulation must be installed in ceilings and walls in a permanent manner and in substantial contact with the interior air barrier.” Q: Could a spray-applied foam insulation be considered a “interior air barrier” material? A: Yes. Q: Does a spray-applied foam insulation need to fill the entire thickness of a stud wall cavity? A: It only needs to be as thick as the required R-value of the calculations of that wall. It may only fill half the stud cavity if it meets the R-value. Q: If this spray-applied foam insulation in the stud cavity only fills half the thickness, what about

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Recent updates: Rules Section u Final Draft of rule adopting 2000 International Mechanical Code and 2000 International Fuel Gas Code

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Q&A

BCSD receives phone calls regarding a wide range of building code questions. Although each situation is different, some merit publication in this Q&A column. If you have a question, use the Request Form on the BCSD website. Q: Does the code require that all joints need to be on framing members? A: No. Q: How tight should the butt joints in the drywall be? A: The code is very silent on this. In IRC section R702.3, “Gypsum Board” references 13 ASTM standards, but none of those standards references joint treatment. The code also does not reference any documents related to fire testing of assemblies, such as the UL directory or the Gypsum Association’s Fire Resistance Design Manual. The Gypsum Construction Handbook, published by United States Gypsum, offers some things worth noting...”Fit ends and edges closely but do not force boards into place.” ... Gypsum panel ends should be loosely butted together. Ends should be separated slightly and not touching.” As far as the idea of “mudding” and “taping,” proper installation of the gypsum board (without gaps and holes) was more important that any mudding/taping. Mudding and taping would also prevent the inspector from actually seeing if the gypsum board actually had enough fasteners, almost preferring that no mud or tape be on the wall (or ceiling). This way you could really tell if they did a good job without hiding all of the bad spots. For additional information, feel free to contact: peter.kulczyk@state.mn.us (BCSD)

Q: What, if any, treatment is required for the joints in the firewalls of attached garages? A: The answer for this question is multi-part and it merits a brief review of some code history before being answered. In the 1997 Uniform Building Code, in section 302.4, it stated: “...the separation may be limited to the installation of materials approved for one-hour fire-resistive construction on the garage side...” The language implied that you would start with a onehour listed/tested assembly, and use one side of it. Joint treatment was also somewhat implied. In the current code, the 2000 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC), in section R309.2, it states: “The garage shall be separated from the residence and its attic area by not less than 1/2 inch gypsum board applied to the garage side.” In section R702.3, “Gypsum Board,” and section R702.3.5, “Application,” it states “Gypsum board shall be applied at right angles or parallel to framing members. All edges and ends of gypsum board shall occur on the framing members, except those edges and ends that are perpendicular to the framing members.” Although somewhat less restrictive than the 1997 Uniform Building Code, this language is almost word for word exactly the same as the wording in the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code (checked back to the 1979 edition). This language implies that not all of the joints in the drywall will need to fall on a framing member.

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NON-BCSD TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
NOTE: If you are interested in obtaining C.E.U.s for any non-BCSD seminar, be sure to contact the BCSD Education staff before participating: Rich Lockrem at rich.lockrem@state.mn.us, 651-205-4803, or Greg Karow at greg.karow@state.mn.us, 651-205-4562.

Multi-Hazard Building Design
Summer Institute 2004 Multiple sessions offered: July 19 - 29 National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Emmitsbury, MD (10 miles from Gettysburg, PA) Courses are FREE For engineeering an darchitectural faculty: - Flood Mitigation Design - Wind Mitigation Design - Fire Safe Design - Topics in Performance Based Earthquake Engineering

The Multihazard Building Design Summer Institute (MBDSI) was developed by FEMA in 1973. The Institute is designed to provide instructional tools to support engineering and architectural professors in conducting building design courses. Sessions will address state-of-the-art design research and applications to protect buildings against various hazards. There will be no charge for registration, tuition, or text books. Partial funding for travel expenses will be available to most participants. All reimbursements will be made according to the government travel standards. Campus housing will be provided at no cost to most participants. http://www.usfa.fema.gov

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Committee Reports
If you are interested in finding out what is currently going on with a rules committee, go to our website - Rules - Committee Reports. Information is posted there regarding meetings (for committees currently meeting), contacts for questions, and a rules suggestion form.

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To the recently designated municipal Building Officials:

Composite Lumber Resources
At a recent presentation for Building Officials on Building with Code Compliant Materials, composite lumber was one of the many products discussed. Peter Kulczyk, BCSD Education reviewed current code and industry resources that are available: Composite Lumber Current code language (paraphrased) Deck lumber... shall require the use of an approved species and grade of lumber, pressure preservative treated in accordance with AWPA (American Wood and Paper Association) C1, C2, C3, C4, C9, C15, C18, C22, C23, C24, C28, P1, P2 or P3, or decay-resistant heartwood of redwood, black locust, or cedars. Deck lumber... shall meet the span requirements of Table R503.1, “Minimum Thickness of Lumber Floor Sheathing.” Chart IRC section R323.1 If a composite lumber, one that is at least 50 percent wood based, is proposed to be used for decking instead of a solid-sawn graded lumber, what concerns might the Building Official might have? What about the product strength, ability to resist exposure to the elements, durability, method of attachment, flame spread, and smoke developed rating? The building code has no specific sections that address composite plastic decking materials, and the Building Official would need to consider it as an alternative material and method. One source of information that could be considered is the International Code Council Evaluation Service, Inc. (www.icc-es.org). However, evaluation reports from model code agencies must be read carefully and reviewed with the intended use in mind. The International Conference of Building Officials Evaluation Service “Acceptance Criteria for Wood Thermoplastic Composite Lumber Products,” AC 109, is now contained in the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), www.icc-es.org. The scope of AC 109 addresses “Wood thermoplastic composite lumber products.... to be used as a flooring, guardrails... for exterior balconies, porches, decks, and other walking surfaces.”... “Quality control inspections shall be performed by an ICC ES accredited independent quality control agency.”

• Elroy Theis – Cold Springs • Alan Strand – Rosemount • Jeff Fagerstrom – Fisher • Jeff Fagerstrom – Warren • Palmer Durdahl – Middleville Township • Loren Kohnen – Princeton • Robert Orton – Zimmerman • Ted Hays – Ghent • Steve Horsman – Scott County

Another local resource has been developed by Roger Axel — A Plastic and Composite Decking Materials List. For more information regarding the list, or to request a copy, contact Roger: Roger Axel, C.B.O. Building Official City of New Hope, MN 55428 Office: 763-531-5122 Fax: 763-531-5136 Email: raxel@ci.new-hope.mn.us According to Roger Axel, the list he developed is a starting point for determining acceptance of plastic and composite decking materials by local building officials. Roger states that the basis for acceptance of a particular product should be that the decking material has an Evaluation Report recognized by one of the model codes. The decking material must be installed according to the conditions of use noted in the report. He explains that most of the Evaluation Service reports reference ASTM testing that address criterion such as: • Nail and screw withdrawal. • Shear, compression, and tension. • Moisture absorption. • Flexure and allowable deflections. • Modulus of elasticity and rupture. • Thermal expansion. • Hardness. • Abrasion resistance. • Accelerated weathering. Roger encourages code officials to notify him of any new decking products that they come across during plan review or field inspections. He is planning on updating the list on a quarterly basis.

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