AIBO Building Track

State of MN CEs are noted below each course description as we receive approvals.

January 13

8:00-9:30 a.m.

State of the State Address and Panel Discussion

Scott McLellan and Scott McKown, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This session will address important issues that affect building officials, inspectors, plan examiners, permit technicians, code enforcement personnel, and other construction and inspection industry professionals in Minnesota.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, Residential Contractors, Electrical, Elevator, Plumbing, and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

9:45–11:15 a.m.

Foam Plastic Insulation—Exterior Wall Fire Safety

Justin Koscher, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, and Gene Zimmerman, EPS Industry Alliance

This presentation will highlight how US Codes and Standards create a systematic approach to controlling the use of foam plastic insulation products in commercial buildings of varying heights. It will also focus on maintaining fire safety throughout the design process and construction phases. Interactive audience dialogue creating conversation around the use of foam plastic insulation on the exterior of buildings is encouraged.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

SAC: Sewer Availability Charge Determination

Ned Smith and Jessie Nye, Metropolitan Council

This course is designed for Twin Cities governmental officials who regularly deal with SAC charges. Presented by Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) Director and Manager. It is an overview of SAC and Taskforce history, what SAC revenue is used for, the major changes within the newest rules, explanation of SAC charges and credits, and how MCES completes determinations with real-life examples.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, Plumbing, Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

9:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Deck Construction in the 2018 International Residential Code

Paul Swett, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This course will focus on the 2018 International Residential Code and significantly expanded Section R507 on decks. This session will cover the new prescriptive requirements on materials, fasteners, connections, footings, posts, beams, joists, and lateral connections in detail.

This course has been approved for 5.25 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.52 ICC CEUs.

Fire-Resistive Construction

Rich Walke, UL

This program provides an in-depth look at the requirements of the 2018 International Building Code for fire-resistive construction. It will start with a detailed look at what is fire-resistive construction, and then it will cover the practical aspects as detailed in Chapter 7, including the unique requirements for structural elements, walls and horizontal assemblies, the referenced standards, the testing process and the available methods of demonstrating code compliance.

This course has been approved for 5.25 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.52 ICC CEUs.

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Soils and the Building Code

Thomas Venema, PE, American Engineering Testing, Inc (AET)

Review of IBC Code required soil inspections; review of geotechnical reports and deep foundation systems.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

12:15–3:30 p.m.

Building Inspector Roundtable: Hot Topics

Ryan Smith, City of Columbia Heights Building Official; DJ Hennessey, City of Maple Grove Building Inspector; Sarah Bertram, City of Apple Valley; Bryan Kerby, City of Bemidji Building Official; Paul Heimkes, Department of Labor and Industry CCLD

During this session, five building inspectors will participate in a roundtable discussion on residential and commercial building code topics. Each inspector will spend approximately 15 minutes at the beginning covering hot topics that are being dealt within their jurisdiction, and the rest of the time will be used to answer questions from the audience.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installer. This course has also been approved for 0.35 ICC CEUs.

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Concrete and Reinforcing Steel Observations

Thomas Venema, PE, American Engineering Testing, Inc (AET)

Review of IBC Code for reinforced steel observations, reading steel-reinforced plans, precast concrete systems, and concrete protection for hot and cold weather.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

January 14

8:00–3:30 a.m.

2018 IBC Transition from 2012 IBC

Doug Thornburg, International Code Council

This seminar will assist participants in implementing the transition from the 2012 IBC to the 2018 IBC. It will include relevant changes in the 2015 IBC. This interactive training will focus on the key changes presented in the participant material. Knowledge review questions will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and consider the changes. Includes the book "2018 IBC Significant Changes".

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

Minnesota Amendments to the 2018 International Residential Code

Rich Lockrem and Paul Swett, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This course will focus on Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1309, and amendments to the 2018 International Residential Code. The purpose and intent of these amendments will be covered so that jurisdictions are prepared for the new code provisions anticipated to be effective in March 2020.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

Protection of Penetrations and Fire-Resistant Joints

Rich Walke, UL

This program provides an in-depth look at the requirements of Chapter 7 of the 2018 International Building Code for the protection of breaches in fire-resistance-rated assemblies. It will cover the "fire stopping" of penetrations, joints, and perimeter voids.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials and Plumbing. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

SIPS Science

Don Jahnke and Perry Penske, Extreme Panel Technologies

Structural Insulated Panels were first used over 80 years ago. Structural and energy conservation benefits are allowing them to gain traction in today's construction environment. Understand how they are made, assembled, reviewed, and inspected from leading industry professionals. Open forum for questions and answers will be included.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors and Plumbing. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

January 15

8:00–9:30 a.m.

State Projects: Public Buildings and State Licensed Facilities

Paul Heimkes, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This session will address the issues that a building inspection department needs to know about state projects, including how a local jurisdiction can obtain a delegation agreement for plan review and inspections on these projects. It will also cover coordination issues with other state agencies that may have jurisdiction on these projects and how to streamline the process so that fewer problems are encountered during application, plan review, and construction.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

8:00–11:00 a.m.

Update to the Minnesota Commercial Energy Code

Don Sivigny, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This session will cover the building thermal envelope requirements of the 2020 Minnesota Commercial Energy Code, including provisions from both the 2018 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 in a side-by-side comparison. In addition, the options and opportunities for using Com-Check software will be discussed, including lessons learned since the implementation of the current code in Minnesota. Whether you are new to the energy code or are a seasoned inspector, this course will help you apply essential energy code provisions to projects in your jurisdiction.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Approved for Building Officials, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.35 ICC CEUs.

8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Beginner's Guide to the Minnesota Residential Code: Footing to Final

Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge, LLC

This program is based on the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code and 2020 Minnesota Energy Code (which is based on the 2018 International Residential Code and 2018 International Energy Conservation Code with State of Minnesota amendments). It is intended for those interested in the building inspection industry and for building inspectors and plan reviewers new to their positions, as well as seasoned veterans who want a refresher course to sharpen their skills. From the points of view of the plans examiner in the office and the building inspector out in the field, this program will focus on administrative provisions: footings; foundations; waterproofing; foundation insulation options; floor, wall, and roof framing; water-resistive barriers; insulation materials; vapor retarders; air barriers; rigid and spray-applied foam plastics; thermal barriers; cladding materials; roofing materials; guards and window fall protection; means of egress; emergency escape and rescue; plastic composite decking and deck construction; and interior finishes. It will not address electrical, plumbing, or HVAC.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

Common Structural and Code Compliance Issues of Residential Wood Frame Construction

Craig Oswell, PE, Oswell Engineering and Consulting, L.L.C.

The objective of this session is for the attendees to gain a better understanding of the structural provisions of the Minnesota Residential Code as they relate to wood frame construction. This course will review many residential case studies of code compliance hurtles, as well as framing structural distresses including what the issue was, why it happened, and what was done to repair the deficiency. In addition, the inspector’s role in both plan review and inspections will be covered, along with responsibilities of the contractor and structural engineer when corrective measures are implemented. Residential wood framing conditions covered will include: lateral brace wall design and compliance, the types of modifications to hand-framed roofs and how to handle them, concerns in regard to second-story additions, cantilevered sill plates and nonbearing foundation wall blocking, tall frame walls, and ledger boards and other deck considerations. Questions and discussion from the audience are encouraged.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

On-Site Septic Systems

Sara Heger, University of Minnesota and Ian Harrison, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

In this full-day session, we will first discuss the typical components evaluated during new SSTS inspections and highlight critical aspects of the design and inspection process. We will also discuss water treatment devices and their potential effects, shallow treatment and dispersal systems, and chemicals of emerging concern. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will also be providing a rules update, an update on current hot topics, and an update on enforcement actions throughout the state.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

9:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Amendments to the 2018 International Building Code

Greg Metz, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This course will focus on the Minnesota amendments to the 2018 International Building Code, including many of the significant changes from the 2012 IBC. The purpose and intent of these amendments will be covered so that jurisdictions are prepared for the new code provisions anticipated to be effective in March 2020.

This course has been approved for 5.25 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.52 ICC CEUs.

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Commercial Energy Code—HVAC provisions

John Smith, Michaud Cooley Erickson Engineering Solutions

This session will address some of the key requirements of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) provisions contained in the 2020 Minnesota Commercial Energy Code, including provisions from both the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. It will focus on the code items that are commonly misunderstood or often misinterpreted, and it will be presented in a simple-to-understand format.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Commercial Energy Code—Lighting Provisions

Jeff Boumeester, Graybar

This session will cover lighting efficiency and lighting control system requirements of the 2020 Minnesota Commercial Energy Code, including provisions from both the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. In addition, the functional testing and commissioning requirements for these systems will be addressed, including lessons learned since the implementation of the 2015 commercial energy code in Minnesota.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

 

January 16

8:00-11:15 a.m.

Accessibility Basics in the 2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code

Karen Gridley, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This course will provide an introductory overview of the 2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code, highlighting the basics of accessibility including accessible routes, accessible entrances and parking, drinking fountains, toilet and bathing rooms, dining/drinking areas, and signage.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.35 ICC CEUs.

8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

2018 IRC Performing Residential Plan Reviews (Chapters 2-5)

John Gibson, International Code Council

Day 1 will provide a procedure for reviewing residential building plans and specifications based on Chapters 2 through 5 of the 2018 International Residential Code® (IRC®). Allows participants to practice a building plan review during the seminar using actual construction documents and an IRC Plan Review Record. Includes the kit "2018 IRC Performing Residential Plan Reviews"

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

Application of the 2020 MN Conservation Code for Existing Buildings

Greg Karow, Code Educational Opportunities

This one-day seminar will explore the specifics of the International Existing Building Code, as well as proposed state amendments to the documents. Case studies will be implemented in the subject material to show practical examples of how to apply the document. Topics include:

  • prescriptive compliance methods
  • work area concept
  • change of occupancy
  • level one, two, and three alterations
  • additions
  • historic buildings
  • accessibility overview for existing buildings.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

12:15–3:30 p.m.

Advanced Accessibility Including Changes to the 2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code

Karen Gridley, MN Dept. of Labor and Industry

This course will highlight the significant changes in the 2020 Accessibility Code. This course will include more advanced discussion; having a basic understanding of the Minnesota Accessibility Code will be helpful for attendees.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.35 ICC CEUs.

 

January 17

8:00–9:30 a.m.

Code Applications for Nail-Laminated, Glued-Laminated, and Cross-Laminated Timber

Michelle Kam-Biron, American Wood Council

This presentation will focus on nail-laminated timber (NLT), glued-laminated timber (GLT), and cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural framing members. Structural and fire protection characteristics of NLT, GLT, and CLT will be discussed, as well as IBC code provisions that allow their specification in both residential and commercial applications for a wide variety of occupancies.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

2018 IRC Performing Residential Plan Reviews (Chapters 6-10)

John Gibson, International Code Council

Day 2 will provide a procedure for reviewing residential building plans and specifications based on Chapters 6 through 10 of the 2018 International Residential Code® (IRC®). Allows participants to practice a building plan review during the seminar using actual construction documents and an IRC Plan Review Record. Includes the kit "2018 IRC Performing Residential Plan Reviews".

Insulation and Air Sealing: Attaining Optimal Insulation Effectiveness in High-Performance Homes

Andrew Oding, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance

This session will help participants understand the key principles for ensuring optimal insulation effectiveness in high-performance homes. We will cover the essential questions related to creating effective thermal and air barriers, and learn the advantages and differences between each type of insulation. We will demonstrate valuable techniques and strategies to maximize the performance of each type, and we’ll include a discussion of the insulation and air tightness needed to achieve Zero Energy Ready levels.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

Wood Framed Essentials, Trusses, and Wall Bracing

Adam Barthel, Rum River Construction Consultants

Wood framing comprises the vast majority of residential structures built today. Examine and discuss design, installation, and inspection details for wood and floor trusses that are critical for proper code administration. Wall bracing essentials will also be discussed in detail.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Residential Contractors, Building Officials and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.70 ICC CEUs.

9:45–11:15 a.m.

Fire-Resistance Design Primer for Mass Timber Construction

Michelle Kam-Biron, American Wood Council

This presentation examines how fire resistance ratings in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) apply to mass timber and heavy timber construction. Topics include how the IBC incorporates fire testing and calculation methods to quantify fire resistance as well as how various materials, including wood, behave when exposed to high temperatures in fires. Discussion will include code-compliant calculation methods for fire resistance ratings of wood frame assemblies and for wood members exposed to fire per the 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction Chapter 16.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Plumbing and Water Conditioning. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Cornucopia of Classic Connection Conundrums

Michelle Kam-Biron, American Wood Council

The American Wood Council’s (AWC) National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) are documents referenced in US building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. Based on numerous help desk questions and feedback from design professionals, AWC has identified some of the most commonly overlooked wood connection engineering requirements from the NDS and SDPWS.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Michelle Kam-Biron, American Wood Council

Determining proper code applications for designing for fire resistance in wood frame construction can be challenging. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options, and nuance related to fire-resistance-rated assemblies, fire design of exposed wood members, and flame-spread performance of wood products. Included will be design examples for calculating fire-resistance for exposed wood members and the component additive method for assemblies.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials. This course has also been approved for 0.18 ICC CEUs.