October 2006

building codes and standards Construction Codes and Licensing Division

CCLD code adoption update: Still on target for 2007
The Construction Codes and Licensing Division’s goal Gas Code and Chapter 1306 Special Fire Protection is to update the current Minnesota State Building Codes Systems. by adoption of the 2006 national model codes by spring These are currently in various stages of the legal 2007. CCLD is still on track to accomplish this goal. process that must be followed to adopt a new code. The As of this date, CCLD has published the Dual Notice: chairperson of each code committee and the Labor and Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules for a new Elevator Industry legal staff are making an extra effort to make Code, the International Building Code (IBC) and a new this goal a reality in 2007. Accessibility Code. Chapters 1300, 1305, 1309, 1341 and the Fire Code Notices to adopt the following codes that will be will become effective 90 days after adoption. This published in the near future include the: International will allow time for printing the new rules and will Fire Code, International Residential Code (IRC), allow municipalities to prepare for local adoption and Chapter 1300 Administrative Code, Commercial implementation. Energy Code, Residential Energy Code, Conservation Code (rehabilitation code for existing buildings), Keep current on the code adoption process by visiting International Mechanical Code, International Fuel

Fall seminars prepare code officials for code adoption in 2007
Performing field inspections using the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) This seminar provides attendees with an analysis of typical field inspections of residential dwellings using the 2006 IRC. Issues and answers within the Minnesota State Building Code Building officials encounter new and challenging code issues on a daily basis. This seminar uses the 2006 IRC, 2006 IBC and other miscellaneous codes and Minnesota amendments to address those issues. In addition to class instruction, seminars provide participants with an opportunity to visit directly with instructors. Information and registration forms are online at
Barry Greive uses the 2003 IRC to present field inspection guidelines Oct. 18 during the “Performing Field Inspections” seminar in St. Paul.

Sign up to receive rulemaking updates online
Each state agency is required to maintain a list of people who have registered with the agency to receive notices of agency rule proceedings. To receive these notices sign up online at or print the Word document from the Web site, complete it and mail it as directed.
443 Lafayette Road N. · St. Paul, MN 55155-4341 • • Phone: (651) 284-5068 · Fax: (651) 284-5749 · TTY: (651) 297-4198
Page 1 • The Standard • october 2006 • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Thank You 2006 State Fair Volunteers
State Fair Codes Information Booth — Education Building Don Sivigny, Building Code Representative, event coordinator Kelly Denno, Education, Rules and Code Development staff support Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Elec Bldg Bldg Elec Elec Elec Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Bldg Terry Maruska Scott McKown Jamie McNamara Dan Marthaler Bill Mesaros Glen Moreland Sheldon Monson Dan Moynihan Jim Muyres Doug Nord Scott Novotny Dan Ordahl Dick Owen Tom Patchin Joe Pazandak Larry Pepin Jeff Pleski Mike Popovich Gerry Proulx Geven Rabe Ron Ripley Lenny Rutledge Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Elec Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Elec Bldg Bldg Bldg Gary Anderson Tom Anderson Roger Axel Joe Baber Mike Bunnell Joe Dabe Jim Davis Duane Delonais Mike Fricke Jim Gangl Wayne Gartland Ron Gnotke Barry Greive Larry Huff Mike Happ Bruce Harens Mick Kaehler Randy Kardell Greg Karow Marty Kumm Carri Levitski Gary Majewski Tim Manz Sam Sampson Todd Schaefer John Schultz Don Sivigny Mark Smythe Alan Strand Paul Sunde Paul Swett Chuck Tatro Andy Thielen Russell Thornburg Darryl Transgrud Tom Trooien Lisa Vieau Gordie Wagoner Pat Weldon Scott Wheeler Tony Wicklander Don Wilken Cari Williamette Jim Williamette John Williamson

2006 Governor’s Fire Prevention Day Volunteers Don Sivigny, Building Code Representative, event coordinator Dave Krings, Building Code Representative, event coordinator Gary Anderson, Chief Building Official, City of Monticello Tom Anderson, Executive Director, CCLD Rick Breezee, Building Official, Metropolitan Airport Commission John Edberg, Building Official, City of Chaska Jim Fallon, Building Code Representative, CCLD Mike Fricke, Building Code Representative, CCLD Tom Gray, Building Official, City of Victoria Mike Happ, Building Code Representative, CCLD James Honerman, Communications Director, CCLD Tom Joachim, Assistant Commissioner, DLI Bob LaBrosse, Building Official, City of Cottage Grove, CCLD Rich Lockrem, Building Code Representative, CCLD Bob Hutchins, Building Official, City of Prior Lake Bill Mesaros, Building Code Representative, CCLD Kathi Osmonson, Building/Fire Official, City of Mounds View Barry Riesch, Building Inspector, City of Minnetonka Dave Scherbel, Building Official, City of Arden Hills, CCLD Peggi White, Business Manager, CCLD

Page 2 • The Standard • october 2006 • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Researching a code question?
Be sure to check the Code Opinions and Policy section at Below are the past two opinions: Division Opinion Inquiry: 06-02 Subject: Routing of Natural Gas Piping in Townhouses Code reference: Minnesota State Residential Code (IRC) paragraph 321 and Minnesota State Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) paragraph 404.1. Submitted by: Matthew Wilber, Technical Manager, Codes and Standards, CenterPoint Energy Approved by: Tom Anderson, State Building Official Issue date: Oct. 16, 2006 Question: Can the individual natural gas service piping in a townhouse development be routed through one townhouse unit to another townhouse? The answer is online at: piping_in_townhouses.html. Staff Opinion: Mechanical Inquiry: 06-01 Subject: Gas pipe pressure testing Code reference: Chapter 1346, Minnesota Fuel Gas Code Submitted by: Jeff Pleski, Building Inspector Approved by: Andy Thielen, CCLD, Mechanical Engineer Issue date: Oct. 16, 2006 Question: What is the proper testing method for natural gas piping? What medium should the piping be filled with during the test? The answer is online at:

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated municipal Building Official: • Sidney Fossan City of Atwater City of Badger City of Bird Island City of Brownton City of Blomkest City of Cokato City of Cosmos City of Darwin City of Dassel City of Fairfax City of Grove City City of Hector City of Kandiyohi City of Pennock City of Richmond City of Stewart Dovre Township

Help us keep our database current
The Building Official list is online at buildingcodes.html. If a change is needed, please contact Peggi White at Official notices are sent to Building Officials via e-mail. Please send changes to e-mail addresses or business phone numbers to Municipalities should report Building Official designation changes to Peggi White at CCLD. The form is online at www.doli. designation_of_certified_ building_official.html.

Building Official, Building Official Limited and Accessibility Specialist classes offered
Building Official certification classes will be offered Dec. 19-22, 2006, in St. Paul. The Accessibilty Specialist class will be Dec. 20. Registration forms are online at www.doli.

October 2006
Above: Instructors Barry Greive and Bill Mesaros visit with class participants between class segments.
Page 3 • The Standard • october 2006 • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry