September 2006

building codes and standards Construction Codes and Licensing Division

CCLD leadership changes
Joachim appointed to assistant commissioner

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Performing field inspections using the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC)

Tom Joachim was appointed as the assistant commissioner of the DLI Safety Codes and The objective of this seminar is to provide the Services Division, Sept. 5, 2006, by DLI attendee with an analysis of typical field inspections commissioner Scott Brener. using the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC). This seminar will cover residential dwellings. Upon “Safety Codes and Services includes construction completion of this program, the attendee will be able to codes and licensing, as well as OSHA compliance and effectively perform field inspections using the adopted consultation,” Brener said. “Both units are premised on provisions of the 2006 IRC and its proposed Minnesota the creation and maintenance of strong safety systems. amendments. Tom has the experience and leadership skills required to identify functional areas in each entity with potential Issues and answers within the Minnesota State Building Code for synergy gain in the near future.” This seminar will cover a wide variety of subject Anderson appointed as new CCLD director matter in the various building codes as adopted by Tom Anderson was appointed Sept. 11, the State Building Code. It will address new and 2006, as the new executive director and state challenging issues encountered on a daily basis. building official of the Construction Codes This seminar will include the 2006 IRC, 2006 IBC and other miscellaneous codes and will incorporate and Licensing Division. Minnesota amendments. “Tom brings a wide range of state and local government experience to the position, which are critical as we move Registration forms and additional information regarding forward with the reorganization and consolidation of these seminars is online at our codes and licensing functions,” said Tom Joachim.

Code officials answer inquiries at Minnesota State Fair

State Fair 2006

At left: John Schultz, CCLD inspections assistant director, answers questions at the Construction Codes and Licensing booth Aug. 31 at the Minnesota State Fair. At left center: Exhibit volunteers Geven Rabe, Randy Kardell and Lenny Rutledge. At right center: Lenny Rutledge provides visiting square dancers with information. At right: Electrical inspector Bruce Harens answers a visitor’s question.

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Construction codes questions and answers

Questions regarding uses of safety glazing (safety glass)

Code requirement: As stated in the 2000 International Residential Code, section R308.4, “safety glazing (such as tempered glass) is required in an individual fixed or operable panel … that has an exposed area of an individual pane greater than nine square feet, has a bottom edge that is less than 18 inches above the floor, has a top edge greater than 36 inches above the floor and has a walking surface within 36 inches horizontally of the glazing.” Question: If a window is installed in a bay above a bench seat, is the 18 inches (referenced in the code) measured from the actual floor levels, or is it measured from the top of the bench seat? Answer: It is measured from the actual finished floor level. The bench seat has no affect on this code requirement related to safety glazing. Question: Is there any requirement for a guard (guardrail) for the openable window above the bench seat? Answer: Not in the 2000 International Residential Code. However, please read the response to the next question regarding a coming change to the 2006 International Residential Code regarding safety glazing. Question: If a guard was installed in front of a window in a bay above a bench seat, are there any particular code requirements related to openings or structural capacity of this guard? Answer: No. Although it would be recommended to design it with a live load capacity of 50 psf on the guardrail in-fill components and no openings that would allow a 4-inch-diameter sphere to pass through. In 2007, the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code will be adopted by the State of Minnesota. There is a significant change related to safety glazing in section R613.2, “Window sills. In dwelling units, where the opening of an operable window is located more than 72 inches above the finished grade or surface below, the lowest part of the clear opening of the window shall be a minimum of 24 inches above the finished floor of the room in which the window is located. Glazing between the floor and 24 inches shall be fixed or have openings through which a 4-inch-diameter sphere cannot pass. Exceptions: 1. Windows whose openings will not allow a 4-inch-diameter sphere to pass through the opening when the opening is in its largest opened position. 2. Openings that are provided with window guards that comply with ASTM F 2006 or F 2090.”
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Governor’s Fire Prevention Day exhibit

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated municipal Building Official: • Richard D. Olson City of Breezy Point

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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
At the Governor’s Fire Prevention Day, Aug. 25, 2006, the “Up, Out and Away” exhibit was again on display under the archway in front of the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Above left: Dave Scherbel, City of Arden Hills building official, visited with two children about having a designated, safe meeting spot such as a home mailbox. Above: Don Sivigny, Kathi Osmonson, Rick Breezee, Tom Joachim, Mike Fricke, Mike Happ and Dave Krings represent CCLD during Governor’s Fire Prevention Day. Bottom left: Tom Joachim (left) and Mike Happ help children climb through a window during a simulated escape from fire.

Sept. 26 - 29 and Dec. 19 - 22, 2006 Additional information and registration forms are online at certification.html.

September 2006


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