APRIL 2006

building codes and standards Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Register now: Seminar classes are filling up
Barry Greive and Curt Wiehle, CCLD building code representatives, presented the first of twelve 2006 Accessibility Code seminars April 4 in Maplewood, Minn. The remaining classes are quickly filling up. This seminar provides a thorough and indepth examination of the 2006 Minnesota Accessibility Code. The focus is provisions that affect commercial buildings, dwelling units and sleeping units. Because walk-in registrations are not accepted, Building Officials and other interested parties are encouraged to register soon. Classes that were not full as of April 18 are listed below. Seminar information is online at

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Building Safety Week May 7-13, 2006

2006 Spring presenters are Barry Greive (top) and Curt Wiehle (bottom).

The 2006 Accessibility Code seminar dates
Wednesday, April 26 Ramada Hotel Conference Center 1517 Southwest 16th St. Rochester, Minn. 55902 (507) 289-8866 Thursday, May 4 Holiday Inn St. Paul East 2201 Burns Ave. St. Paul, Minn. 55119 (651) 731-2220 Tuesday, May 16 Holiday Inn Burnsville 14201 Nicollet Ave. S. Burnsville, Minn. 55337 (952) 435-2100 Thursday, May 18 Best Western Maplewood 1780 E. County Road D Maplewood, Minn. 55109 (651) 770-2811 Wednesday, May 24 Holiday Inn Lakeside 1155 Highway 10 E. Detroit Lakes, Minn. 56501 (218) 847-2121

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443 Lafayette Road N. ·4 • Paul, MN 55155-4341 MARCH 2006 • Minnesota Department Fax:Labor and Industry Page St. The standard • • • Phone: (651) 284-5068 · of (651) 284-5749 · TTY: (651) 297-4198

2006 code adoption process continues

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated municipal Building Officials: • Marc Davis City of Biwabik City of Aurora • Tom Rosemeier City of Benson The current Building Official list is online at buildingcodes.html. If a change is needed to the list, please contact Peggi White at The Designation of Vacancy of Certified Building Official form is online at local_government_designation_of_ certified_building_official.html.



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The Construction Codes and Licensing Division of the Department of Labor and Industry published a Second Request for Comments in The State Register, Vol. 30, No. 39, to adopt the 2006 International Building Code (IBC), 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2006 International Fire Code (IFC) on March 27, 2006, in lieu of the pursing the adoption of the 2003 IBC, IRC and IFC.



CCLD was working to adopt the 2003 IBC, IRC and IFC, but experienced a considerable time delay. Therefore, a decision was made to move ahead to the adoption of the 2006 Minnesota amendments to align the adoption with the release of the 2006 IBC, IRC and IFC. The goal is to publish the Notices of Intent to Adopt in early June 2006, with the Notices of Adoption proposed for publication in December 2006. Then CCLD will implement the codes in March 2007 after a 90-day delayed implementation to allow municipalities time to establish ordinances adopting the new codes.

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Next Limited Class:
June 20 - 23 Sept. 26 - 29 Dec. 19 - 22 Additional information and registration form is online at certification.html.

2006 State Fair

Have questions about building, electrical and plumbing codes? Come join us at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 24 through Sept. 4, 2006. With the codes consolidation at the Department of Labor and Industry, there will be an expanded code presence at the fair this year. CCLD will again participate in the Governor’s Fire Safety Day, Friday, Aug. 25, with displays, promotional literature and items. The goal is to teach families and children the importance of practicing fire-safety prevention at home.

Calendar April • 2006
For a current posting of: • Building Codes and Standards seminars • Certified/Limited/Accessibility classes • Certification exams Go to “Calendar” under “Quick links” at buildingcodes.html.

Question #1


Construction codes questions and answers


No. Although the 9 square feet was measured from the window in the open position in the old 1997 Uniform Building Code, the language in the 2000, 2003 and 2006 IRC only requires “the area of the window well (9 square feet minimum) shall allow the emergency escape and rescue opening to fully opened.” Reference: 2006 IRC section R310.2.


Question #2

Can the sill plate on top of the concrete or masonry foundation exterior wall be any other type of wood besides redwood, cedar, black locust or a chemically preservative treated wood?


If the sill plate is 8 inches or greater above the exposed ground, the wood plate can be of any species capable of supporting the load. It does not need to be redwood, cedar, black locust or treated. In the 2006 edition of the IRC, “black walnut” was added as one of those wood species that is naturally resistant to decay for sill plates. Reference: 2006 IRC section R319, item 2.

Decking materials list
Roger Axel, Building Official, City of New Hope, maintains a list of plastic and composite decking materials. To request a copy of the list, contact him at the information below. Telephone: (763) 531-5122 Fax: (763) 531-5136 E-mail:

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In the IRC, is the 9 square feet minimum area in a required window well measured from the face of the glass when the window is open?


Many satellite antenna installations not grounded in accordance with electric code
Random and complaint inspections reveal that many satellite antenna installations are not grounded in accordance with the requirements of the National Electrical Code. Even though satellite antenna system installations are generally not required to be inspected by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.244, the installation is required to be in compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC), specifically Article 810. In addition, the installation is required to be performed either by employees of a contractor licensed by the department as an electrical contractor or technology system contractor, or by the homeowner. NEC section 810.15 requires all masts and metal structures supporting antennas to be grounded in accordance with section 810.21. Coppergrounding conductors are required to be not smaller than 10 AWG. As an alternative, 8 AWG aluminum and 17 AWG copper-clad steel or bronze may also be used as the antenna-grounding conductor. Some coaxial antenna cables have a separate solid conductor integral with the outer jacket of the cable and unless this conductor meets the size and material requirements of section 801.21, it is not suitable to be used for grounding antenna supports and systems. The antenna system is required to be grounded to the premises grounding electrode system and if a separate grounding electrode is used, it must be grounded to the premises grounding electrode system with a bonding jumper not smaller that 6 AWG copper or equivalent. Connection to grounded equipment other than service raceways and service equipment enclosures does not meet NEC grounding requirements. Installers are advised to review the requirements of NEC Article 810. If you have a satellite antenna on your home or business, it is a good idea to make sure the installation complies with the National Electrical Code. If the system is not properly grounded, your television or other receiving equipment could act as a lightning arrestor, resulting in damage to equipment as well as possible electrical shock and fire hazard.

Department of Labor and Industry - Construction Codes and Licensing Division
443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155 St. Paul, MN 55155 FAX: (651) 284-5749

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