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JULY 2005 IN THIS ISSUE:
TEXT IN RED is a LINK. u Fall Seminars Announced u Manufactured Homes: On-Site Testing u Online Building Courses u New Building Officials u Web and Resource Info u E-mail Request and Survey

Two Fall Seminars Announced:

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Residential Plan Review Based on the 2003 International Residential Code
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM This program will demonstrate a basic plan review of a single-family dwelling based on the provisions of the 2003 International Residential Code (IRC) and applicable state amendments. WHO SHOULD ATTEND Building Officials, inspectors, designers, design professionals, contractors, installers, skilled trade persons and other interested parties.

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Commercial Plan Review Based on the 2003 International Building Code

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM This program will demonstrate a plan review of a commercial strip center with multiple tenants and occupancies. This program will be based on the provisions of the 2003 International Building Code (IBC) and applicable state amendments.

Volunteers are still needed for the Education Building. Please contact Kelly Denno at (651) 296-1189.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Building Officials, inspectors, designers, design professionals, contractors, installers, skilled trade persons and other interested parties. To register for either of these seminars please go to our Web site: www.doli.state.mn.us - Construction Codes and Licensing Division Building Codes and Standards - right column - 2005 Seminars of systems at the manufacturing facility are regulated by HUD’s Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Preemption prevents any state or political subdivision from exceeding those requirements for construction. However the installation at the site of occupancy of the home may be regulated by state and local codes and regulations for foundation types and testing of systems. Note that HUD is proposing on-site construction rules, which will limit the local authorities
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We are in our same location in the Education Building. The Governor’s Safety Day exhibit has been moved. It is now located in front of the Grandstand, under the bridge walkway.

Manufactured Homes
On-site Testing
The Building Codes and Standards continues to receive inquiries concerning manufactured homes and the on-site testing of water and drain/waste/vent connections required at the site of occupancy. The construction of the manufactured home and its systems including testing

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY CONSTRUCTION CODES AND LICENSING DIVISION
408 METRO SQUARE BUILDING 121 7TH PLACE EAST • ST. PAUL MN 55101 (651) 296-4639 • FAX: (651) 297-1973 • TTY: 1-800-627-3529

UNLESS NOTIFIED OTHERWISE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONTACT US AT:
www.doli.state.mn.us www. buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us

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jurisdiction of on-site work completed at the site of occupancy. Minnesota Statute (MS) 16B.65 requires that the Building Official in their jurisdiction issue permits and inspect all manufactured home installations (new and used manufactured homes). The installation includes testing of systems (plumbing, mechanical, and electrical) at the site of occupancy in accordance with Minnesota State Building Codes and the manufactures approved installation manual. All water, sewer, gas lines, and electrical to the connection inlets on the manufactured homes must be completed in accordance with Minnesota Codes and tested accordingly. Water lines inside the manufactured home are to be tested in accordance with Minnesota State Plumbing Code (MSPC) 4715.2820. Be sure to have water-heating equipment disconnected from water lines when performing test. Drain, waste, and vent lines inside the home and lines completed at the site of occupancy are to be tested to MSPC 4715.2820. Gas lines inside the manufactured home are to be tested in accordance with Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) 1350.3400. All electrical connections to the manufactured home and any on-site electrical wiring is required to be installed and inspected as per MS 326.241 through 326.248. Manufacturers installation instructions need to reviewed prior to any testing or verification of testing on-site, as many will specify tests for systems to be used including testing of systems that may exceed some state code requirements. You may also wish to visit the building codes Web-site for more manufactured structures information. Go to: www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us Manufactured Structures (right column) Bulletins Installation of Drain/Waste Piping Piping On-Site Under Manufactured Homes, Bulletin #30, September 2, 2003.

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated municipal Building Officials:

Congrats

• Lyle Nesvold — City of Halstad • Gregory A. Schmit — City of Lilydale • Clifford Miles Skogstad — City of Clearwater • Pam Swanson — City of St. Hilaire

Thank you for your cooperation and support of e-mail distribution. Keep spreading the word and sending us e-mail address changes at: bcsd.response@state.mn.us (Please include a phone number so we can reach you if we receive a bounce back from your e-mail address.)

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Online Building Inspection Courses
In addition to the classroom courses that currently exist, North Hennepin Community College plans to offer its Building Inspection Technology (BIT) Program in an online environment. This fall, students will have the option of taking BIT 1000, Introduction to Building Inspection; and BIT 1100, Field Inspection; either in the classroom or online. During the next several semesters, students will find new online courses being added to

the class schedules, so visit the Web site each semester to see what new offerings may be available for you. Interested students are encouraged to visit www.nhcc.edu and browse under the “current students” section to find class schedule and online learning information. If you have any questions about the program or would like additional information about our online courses, feel free to contact Ron Sonnek at (763) 488-0208.

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u Code Opinion and Policies Building Code Staff Opinion Hangar Code Review u Speciality Services Local Government
For our local government customers ...

On Aug. 1, 2005, Fred Driver will be retiring. As Section Chief for the Code Administration unit, Fred has worn many different hats. For our customers, Building Officials, industry contacts, and citizens, he has been a knowledgeable, dependable, and friendly voice Fred?....Fred? on the other end of the phone line. Send Help!...Fred... him your best wishes for a well-deserved are you there?!! retirement: fred.driver@state.mn.us

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FY05 4th Quarter Survey Results
We send our customer service survey to customers only once a year -- 25% during each quarter. Surveys sent: 500 (25% of 2000 customers) Surveys returned as of 6/30/05: 78 (3.9% return) 1. How do you rate your satisfaction when contacting the Building Codes and Standards Division? More than satisfied: 17 24% Satisfied: 51 70% Less Than Satisfied: 4 5% Unsatisfied: 1 1% 2. During the last twelve months you contacted the Building Codes and Standards Division by (check all that apply): E-mail: 47 57% Phone: 61 84% Fax: 11 15% U. S. Mail 9 12% In Person: 20 27% Other: no responses 3. Have you visited the Building Codes & Standards website (www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us) in the last 12 months? Yes: 66 92% No: 6 8% 4. If Yes, did you find the information you needed? Yes: 61 91% No: 6 9% 5. We welcome any other comments you wish to share regarding our services: I am still interested in a seminar regarding commercial building and mechanical codes for R-occupancies with respect to defining particle application of fire, smoke and combination fire/smoke dampers. There was a couple times that I have tried to find a site and I was not able to get in. I believe that the site was not working at the times. I have been well pleased with my contacts with BCS Dept. If the person I’m trying to reach is out and I leave a voice message, they are very prompt in getting back to me. I have contacted two individuals in your department about questions related to water heater installations and make-up air requirements (by telephone and e-mail). I was not contacted in either case with an answer. Comment: Unfortunately this person did -

not provide any contact information so follow-up wasn’t possible. Your responses are anonymous unless you fill in the contact information boxes. Web pages need some getting used to compared to the old web pages. Why isn’t there licensing and more inspections for the HVACR trades. Electricians, Plumbers all require licenses to perform their work. I have been in the sheetmetal trade for 40 years and have been in business for 26 years. and have seen some pretty crude contractors come and go. But the last ten years or more it has become more and more prevalent. Without some type of licensing and better educated inspectors and contractors it will continue. There must be some truth in the statement the water you drink is more important than the air you breathe. thanks I would like to have an interactive/automated method of submitting questions or asking for code interpretations. From my experience, a person needs to find the division, then the person then use the contact information to ask a question or make an inquiry. If there is a different method please let me know. Also, it would be helpful if on the home page there was a list of the current codes that are enforced. Thanks for the help. Comment: Contact information was provided so we could respond and direct this person to Minnesota State Building Code tab (top) and contact information (bottom) of the Web-site home page. I would like to thank the building codes & standards for providing out state contractor continuing education. I have been using this service for four years and it is by far the best teaching tool an out state building official could ask for. I hope this service will be provided for years to come. Thanks again Its good to have representative Mark Hensen close to answer questions. It’s great to have such knowledgeable people available to answer our specific questions. It helps a lot. Keep up the good work. Good luck on your transition to DOLI. Pour more time/money into web-site FAQ’s and suggest we can sign-up for e-mail notifications of additions to the web-site, and new interpretations related to specific topics, or all topics (our choice - automated) Sometimes it is very hard to get through via phone. seems as though either the hours are not adequate or not enough staff available.

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Request for E-mail Distribution and Customer Survey
q Yes! I would like to receive brief e-mail notices.
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Email Topics of Interest?
Email is an efficient and effective method for distributing information and announcements. We respect your time and promise: - To keep e-mails very brief. - To limit the frequency of e-mail distribution. - To rarely include attachments. Topics I am interested in include: q Anything related to the Minnesota State Building Code q Educational Opportunities or Information Other areas of interest include:
q Accessibility q Building Plan Preparation q Building Safety and Security q Code Administration and Reports q Construction Materials: _____________________ q Elevator Safety q Electricity* q Energy* q Fire Safety* q Industry Standards and Models* q Legal Issues:______________________________ q Manufactured Homes q IBC Modular/Prefabricated Structures q Mechanical Systems (ventilation) q Occupancy Codes q Plan Review q Professional Responsibility q Plumbing* q Problems: flooding, mold, ___________________ q Roof/Ceiling Design and Construction q Rulemaking q Structural Engineering ? samples instead q Windows and Doors* Other:_______________________________
* Some training is provided with other agencies .

1. How do you rate your satisfaction when contacting the Building Codes and Standards? q More than satisfied q Satisfied q Less Than Satisfied q Unsatisfied 2. During the last twelve months you contacted the Building Codes and Standards by: (check all that apply) q E-mail q Phone q FAX q U.S. Mail q In Person q Other: ___________________________ 3. Have you visited the Building Codes and Standards Web-site (www.buildingcodes.admin.state.mn.us) in the past 12 months? q Yes q No 4. If yes, did you find the information you needed? q Yes q No 5. We welcome any other comments you wish to share regarding our services. We appreciate your taking the time to respond to these questions. Thank you!

Department of Labor and Industry - Construction Codes and Licensing Division
408 Metro Square Building, 121 East 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55101-2181 Direct: (651) 296-4639 Fax: (651) 297-1973 TTY: 1-800-627-3529

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