AIBO Building Track

Attendees will receive a University of Minnesota Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificate for their attendance at the Institute. One University of Minnesota CEU is defined as ten hours of participation.  Scroll down to see session information.

January 8 

8—9:30 a.m.

State of the State and Minimum Code Enforcement

Scott McLellan and Scott McKown, State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Learn about the latest construction codes and licensing updates from the Department of Labor and Industry!  Discussion will include a 2017 legislative summary, minimum municipal code enforcement details and time for question and answers.

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

9:45-11:15 a.m.

Economizers: History, When Are They Required and Field Inspection Requirements

Chris Meier, State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

The session will discuss economizers, when they are required, controls requirements and options, as well as installation requirements.  Discussion will include components of the energy code, mechanical code and fuel gas code incorporated into the installation.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials.

 

ICC-Approved 

2012 IEBC Fundamentals

John Gibson, International Code Council

This seminar will introduce critical concepts of the 2012 International Existing Building Code® (IEBC®). It will provide a basis for the correct use and application of the code. It will build an understanding of the intent of the code through detailing basic tables, categorizations and a case study.

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

 

12:15-3:30 p.m.

Best Practices for HVAC Inspections 2018

Jon Knudson, City of Saint Paul- Department of Safety and Inspection

This session will address requirements from the current Minnesota Mechanical Code, the Minnesota Energy Codes and radon control systems installations. The discussion will focus on residential and light commercial inspections.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

January 9

8–3:30 a.m.

Dealing with Mixed Types of Construction Based on the Special Provisions Contained in the IBC Section 510.2

Larry Farris and Charles Robinson, BKV Group, Inc.

This session will cover the 510.2 special provisions based on a Type I-A Podium building with a separate building of different construction above. A discussion of the history of these provisions as well as the code requirements for each type of construction will be addressed. Topics such as fire resistive assemblies, vertical circulation, structural considerations, parking, multi-family housing, and amenity spaces will be discussed along with the code requirements for each.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

8–11:15 a.m.

Below the Sill

Greg Karow, Consultant

Investigate construction details and requirements for residential buildings from the sill to the footing. Topics include but are not limited to: footing design, sill plate, anchor bolts, soils, foundation design, foundation waterproofing, foundation insulation requirements, and foundation drainage. This seminar is applicable for building inspectors, plans examiners, contractors, and others with a vested interest in the code.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 2.50 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.

Residential Energy

Don Sivigny, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Learn the requirements of the Minnesota Residential Energy Certificate for plan review and inspections. The focus will be on combustion air, ventilation air, and make-up air requirements, and verifications.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 2.50 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.

 

12:15–3:30 p.m.

Above the Sill

Andy Schreder, Rum River Construction Consultants

This is the second of a two-part session on Residential Single Family construction. Concentration on issues above the sill plate with emphasis on window installations, water resistive barriers and flashing requirements will be examined.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 2.50 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.
 

Frost Protected Shallow Foundation 

Paul Swett, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry- Construction Codes & Licensing Division 

This course will cover the advantages, disadvantages and details regarding Frost Protected Shallow Foundations. Discussion will include what to look for during a plan review and in the field during inspections.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 2.50 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.

January 10

8-11:15 a.m.

ICC-Approved

2012 IBC Inspection of Fire-Resistance-Rated Walls

Doug Thornburg, International Code Council

This seminar deals with the application of IBC Chapter 7 related to the construction and protection of rated walls. The topics covered include identifying the five types of walls and their differences, including construction, continuity, marking and identification, as well as the protection requirements for penetrations, joint systems, ducts and air transfer openings, door and window openings. Additional discussion will look at the test standards used to evaluate the wall and protection systems, how to calculate the fire resistance for existing walls or archaic assemblies and the requirements for walls which serve multiple purposes.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials.

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

All About the Exterior Envelope: Facts and Fiction

Peter Kulczyk, City of Maple Grove

Learn about building codes, energy codes, and best practices for the design and construction of exterior envelopes of residential and commercial buildings. The session will specifically address administrative provisions, alternative materials, ES reports, foam plastic insulation, fiberglass, cellulose, thermal envelopes, R-values, vapor retarders, continuous air barriers, thermal barriers, ignition barriers, fire testing, and other criteria.

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

Minnesota Accessibility Code Fundamentals

Karen Gridley, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Get an overview of the Minnesota Accessibility Code. Highlights will include two key areas the state is frequently asked about: changes in occupancy, and application of the "20% Rule." Questions are encouraged!

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

12:15-3:30 p.m.

ICC-Approved

2012 IBC Inspection of Fire-Resistance-Rated Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs

Doug Thornburg, International Code Council 

This course deals with the application of IBC Chapter 7 related to the construction and protection of rated horizontal assemblies. The topics covered include understanding the differences between floor, floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling assemblies, as well as the protection requirements for penetrations, joint systems, ducts and air transfer openings in each of the separate elements. Additional discussion will look at the test standards used to evaluate the assembly and protection systems and how those protection systems are limited or could be compromised if not installed as tested.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials.

January 11

8–11:15 a.m.

Best Practices and Beyond; Solar Energy Installation Standards and Future Trends

Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering, LLC

This session will cover the application of national code standards and the evolving trends associated with the rapidly growing solar energy industry.  Bill Brooks, primary author of the Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCS) and national trainer for code officials, inspectors, electricians, and installers, will cover structural and building code standards, installation best practices, and evolving installation methods as the solar industry extends into new markets and technologies.  He will cover the interplay of multiple code standards as they affect solar installations, including building, fire, and electric, and the overlap of technologies such as solar + storage.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers.

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Communication Tactics for the Code Official

Greg Karow, Consultant

Interested in honing your communication skills specific to the industry? This session is designed for all individuals that are in the code administration arena. Topics will include terminology, first impressions, effective listening, body language, dealing with difficult customers, managing abusive people, finding common ground for agreement, and providing customer service that works.

This course has been approved for 7.0 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

 

ICC Approved

2012 IBC Means of Egress

Doug Thornburg, International Code Council

Participants will receive an overview of the fundamental requirements for mean of egress as indicated in the 2012 International Building Code (IBC). They will be presented with specific problems related to means of egress and will be asked to solve each problem using a set plan for a four story commercial building.

You must register separately for this course as it includes a book.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials.

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Inspecting Commercial Solar

John Williamson and Dean Hunter, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

This course will review code requirements for commercial solar rooftop and ground installations, while examining what inspectors typically look for at "Solar Ready" installations and final installations. We will end by discussing frequently asked questions, common oversights, and critical confirmation items.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

2–3:30 p.m.

Solar Energy in Minnesota

Stacy Miller, Minnesota Department of Commerce

This course will prepare building inspectors and building officials for more widespread deployment of solar collection and solar developments in their jurisdictions by raising awareness of emergent technologies and trends in systems installations.

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

January 12

8-11:15 a.m.

Managing Bulk (or Free) Water: The 3 D’s for Walls and Foundations

Patrick Huelman, University of Minnesota

This 2-part session will focus on the building science principles and technology applications for robust and resilient homes that go beyond codes for superior comfort, efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality. It will begin with some of the current challenges to robust, high-performance homes, especially related to bulk (or free) water. The second part will focus the design and delivery of high-performance enclosure solutions that properly address bulk water for both foundations and walls using currently available, best-practice solutions.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials and Manufactured Home Installers; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 2.50 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Onsite Septic Systems

Sara Heger, University of Minnesota; Steven Oscarson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Join two wonderful instructors for an all-day session about onsite septic systems.  Sara Heger, University of Minnesota, will begin by exploring the topics of compaction (the enemy of system longevity), challenging wastewater streams, and how use impacts the need for septic tank maintenance. Steven Oscarson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), will continue the discussion by providing an MPCA update as well as an examination of the inspection of septic tanks.

This course has been approved for the following credits: 6 Direct Continuing Education credits towards SSTS certification requirements from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

 

Getting to Zero Energy Homes

Andrew Oding, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)

As Zero Energy Rated Home (ZERH) construction ramps up across North America, lessons continue to be learned by builders, designers ,energy consultants and homeowners. What are the “building science basics” that ensure these efficient homes and buildings will also be incredibly healthy, durable and comfortable? What are the simple solutions for ZERH performance when it comes to envelope design, window selection, air tightness performance, HVAC design, hot water systems and consumer appliance choices? How does the consumer feel about ZERH (and can they afford it?). This session will review the key details and performance metrics for ZERH projects, underlined by real-life, lessons-learned case studies.

This course has been approved for 7.00 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours and 6.00 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Residential Contractors.

 

ICC-Approved

2012 IRC Wood Wall Bracing Provisions

Sandra Hyde, International Code Council 

This seminar provides a comprehensive explanation of the 2012 International Residential Code® (IRC®) bracing requirements. The seminar will focus on basic requirements and clarify the application of wall bracing provisions in the IRC wall bracing Sections R602.10 thru R602.12.

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

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Manufactured Home Installations—the Who, What, Where, When and Why

Herman Hauglid, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

This session will discuss the administration and installation requirements for manufactured structures. A review of common questions and oversights specific to field inspections will also be addressed.

This course has been approved for 1.75State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours for Manufactured Home Installers.

2–3:30 p.m.

Alterations to Manufactured Structures & Tiny Houses in Minnesota

Randy Vogt, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Discover a no-nonsense approach to modifying manufactured housing. The instructor will share from his vast field experience in manufactured housing and provide insights into criteria for approving tiny homes.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota Other CE hours for Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning; This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota Code/Energy CE hours for Manufactured Home Installers.