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Building − AIBO 2022

CE approval information will be added after the description of each class as we receive them.

Monday, January 10, 2022

8:00–9:30 a.m. − State of the State

Scott McLellan, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


9:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. − Introduction to IRC Plan Review

Brandon Holmes, MNSPECT, LLC

Attendees will learn in a hands-on setting how to effectively use and apply the IRC while also learning critical skills such as load equations, interpolation, and understanding the required documentation needed to conduct a thorough code review. Attendees will perform both remodel and new construction code reviews as a part of this course.

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


9:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. − Protect Your Openings: Fire Door and Fire Window Assemblies

Rich Walke, Creative Technology, Inc.

This program provides an in-depth look at fire door assemblies, consisting of the door, frame, glazing and hardware, and fire window assemblies, consisting of the frame and glazing. The discussion will focus on the code requirements, including the glazing marking requirements contained in the 2018 International Building Code, the referenced standards, the testing process, the format of the laboratory labels applied to the components, and the available methods of determining code compliance. It will also cover the installation, inspection and maintenance requirements contained in NFPA 80.

This course has been approved for 5.25 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Plumbing in the State of Minnesota.


12:45–3:30 p.m. − Understanding the Building Code: Guide to Chapters MR 1300 and MR 1303

Rich Lockrem, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

The course provides an overview of MR 1300 – 2020 Minnesota Building Code Administration addressing necessary requirements for building officials. This course includes an overview of MR 1303 – 2020 Minnesota Provisions to the Minnesota State Building Code applicable to building officials. The course content is intended for building officials of varying experience levels.

This course has been approved for 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Plumbing, and Manufactured Home Installers in the State of Minnesota.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction

Rich Walke, Creative Technology, Inc.

This program provides an in-depth look at the requirements of the 2018 International Building Code for fire-resistance-rated construction. It will start with a detailed look at what is fire-resistance-rated construction, where it is required and what is the required rating. From there, 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 described in the referenced standards, and the available methods of demonstrating code compliance.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials, Plumbing, and Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota.


8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. − Design Principles of the 2020 MN Building Code

Greg Karow, Code Educational Opportunities

This one-day seminar will cover the requirements of selected chapters of the Minnesota Building Code. It will address the critical concepts of the IBC regarding nonstructural requirements, provide a basis for the correct use of the code in building planning, and discuss issues that are essential for many designs and plan review decisions.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials, Plumbing, and Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota.


8:00–11:15 a.m. − Inspector Roundtable: Commercial

Mike Grannes, City of Eagan; Amy Bahe, City of Roseville; Joseph Schumann, City of Minneapolis; Joel McPherson, City of Brooklyn Park

This is a roundtable discussion of hot topics the panelists are seeing. Each panelist has provided their own topics. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about issues they are seeing in the field or during plan review.

This course has been approved for 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Plumbing in the State of Minnesota.

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12:15–3:30 p.m. − Inspector Roundtable: Residential

Ryan Smith, City of Columbia Heights; Phillip Dahlheimer, City of St. Francis; Andy Schreder, Rum River Construction Consultants; Don Harmsen, MNSPECT, LLC

This session will cover hot topics that are being seen in the panelists jurisdictions. This is a good opportunity for new inspectors to ask questions and share their own experiences. the session will conclude with the panelists and attendees openly discussing pictures various inspection issues.

This course has been approved for 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers in the State of Minnesota.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − 2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code Common Questions Clarified

Karen Gridley, Greg Metz, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

This course will address some of the common questions about the Minnesota accessibility requirements. Elements covered will include accessible parking, accessible route, door clearances, toilet and shower rooms, signage, employee work areas, dwelling and sleeping units, equipment, tiered seating, press boxes and recreational fields, egress options, and change of occupancy and existing buildings.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials, Plumbing, and Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota.


8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − 2018 IBC Means of Egress

Doug Thornburg, International Code Council (ICC)

This seminar provides a comprehensive discussion of IBC Chapter 10, including a review of both the egress design and egress component provisions. Areas of discussion include occupant load determination; number, width and distribution of egress components; egress identification and illumination; and doors, exit passageways and exit stairways.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials, Plumbing, and Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota.


8:00 a.m.−11:15 a.m. − Performance-Driven Remodeling: It's a System!

Pat Huelman, University of Minnesota

Our existing housing stock has so many opportunities for energy improvement. However, some measures or upgrades could cause potential harm to the building or to the occupant. How do we know when that risk will be minimal or when it might push the house "over the cliff"? Since the house is a system, it is common for the order or sequence of operations to be critical, too. How do we communicate that to the owner? The session will look at both robust and risky approaches to home remodeling and wrap up with home retrofit options from recent University research projects. This will include the “Best of NorthernSTAR”, a systems-guided retrofit of a 1-1/2 story home in north Minneapolis supported by DOE's Building America program and a current project evaluating “Deep Energy Upgrades for Walls” at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility.


12:15−3:30 p.m. − Keys to a High-Performance, Zero-Energy-Ready Home

Pat Huelman, University of Minnesota

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarity with the concepts and definitions for high-performance homes
  • Recognize important building science principles and approaches for robust high-performance homes
  • Be able to apply these principles to both enclosure and mechanical strategies and systems
  • Understand the basic service requirements of the enclosure and mechanical systems
  • Recognize key enclosure and mechanical components and equipment for high-performance homes
  • Exposure to potential high-performance enclosure and mechanical systems for this market

Thursday, January 13, 2022

8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − Mixed Types of Construction Based on IBC 510.2

Larry Farris, BKV Group

This course will cover many of the challenges we face while performing plan review and inspections of “Podium” type buildings. The course outlines the history of Podium construction, some reasons why it’s become so popular compared to other types of buildings, and the evolution and future of this type of construction. In addition, the course covers the various code requirements starting from the Type I-A Building below including the wood or steel framed building above. The course is meant to be interactive with the attendees and we will discuss many real world examples of code issues that inspectors face while reviewing and inspecting these types of structures.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials and Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota.


8:00−11:15 a.m. − Modern Ready-Mixed Concrete, Testing, and the Changing World

Josh Edwards, ACR, Inc.; John Lee, Cemstone; Alf Gardiner, Braun Intertec; Dan Vruno, American Engineering and Testing

The first half of this presentation will be an overview of modern ready-mix concrete and how it is created for specific projects.  The discussion will cover critical aspects of ready-mix concrete that building inspectors need to be aware of as well as how the ready-mix industry is incorporating innovative and sustainable practices to improve the performance of ready-mix concrete on all type of projects. The second half of this presentation will deal with concrete testing. Concrete has an infinite number of combinations of materials to get the performance requirements of a project and the testing of concrete on a site measures that performance. There are many steps and requirement in testing concrete which need to be followed to provide accurate test results. Additionally, there are many ways to analysis the data and the building code provides guidance on how to accept or reject concrete based on these results.

This course has been approved for 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers in the State of Minnesota.


12:15−3:30 p.m. − In-Depth Analysis of Truss Design and Installation Procedures

Tom Thompson, Pie Island Building Inspection

This one-day seminar will take you through the ins and outs of wood truss design and installation. Certified truss drawings will be analyzed meticulously as well as proper code compliant installation of trusses based on truss drawings, and the code will be analyzed.

This course has been approved for 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Plumbing, and Manufactured Home Installers in the State of Minnesota.


8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − Elements of Plan Review, a Process

John Gibson, International Code Council (ICC)

When a building permit application is filed at the Building Department of a jurisdiction, an evaluation of the proposed work begins to determine whether the structure and its uses will lead to a safe condition upon completion. The primary person responsible for this initial investigation is the plan reviewer. They are tasked with reviewing the submitted construction documents in their various forms and comparing the proposed structure with the adopted code provisions, reviewing the work to be performed and determining whether the work will comply with the intention and purpose of the requirements in the code.

The nature of this review requires the plan reviewer to be well versed in the many styles and forms that these “construction documents” may take. This can be extremely daunting for a new plan reviewer, especially if they have not been exposed to reading blueprints or construction plans. The intent of this course is to provide a baseline for understanding what is shown on construction plans, learning to look at a submitted set of construction documents to determine if they are providing enough information to compare with code provisions, and formulating a process that will help to establish a logical systematic approach to plan review. This program is not intended to focus on specific code provisions, but rather provide an understanding of the process involved in a thorough plan review.

Friday, January 14, 2022

8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − On-Site Septic Systems

David Gustafson, Michelle Jordan, University of Minnesota; Steve Oscarson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

The UMN Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) protects public health and the environment by improving wastewater treatment through research-based workshops, as well as outreach to homeowners, small communities, professionals and policy-makers. An important part of this work is partnering with the MPCA SSTS Program. This presentation will review the functions of UMN OSTP and how they integrate and support the MPCA SSTS Program, including influencing the Minnesota SSTS rules and regulations. We will also review Min Rules 7080 requirements around new system inspections highlighting design review and application of inspection procedures as well as required material standards in Chapter 7080.


8:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m. − Wall Bracing, What's Really Required

Scott Qualle, MNSPECT, LLC

This class takes an in-depth look at the specifics of residential wall bracing as found in the 2020 MN Residential Code. Code professionals will leave this class with a deeper understanding of the details needed to complete thorough and comprehensive plan reviews and inspections. Trade professionals will likewise leave the class with a deeper understanding of code specifics and how these will affect their build. They will also learn what detailed plan information is needed to help streamline the review and inspection process.

This course has been approved for 7 hours: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers in the State of Minnesota.


8:00−11:15 a.m. − MN Residential Energy Code Fundamentals

Steve Shold, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

This session will cover an array of aspects including a basic overview of the Residential Energy Code text, the energy systems within a home, as well as submittal documents for plan review and field inspections. The intention will be to establish the fundamental requirements of the Residential Energy Code and provide you the knowledge to assess plans and residential structures for compliance with the energy code. This program will focus on practical application of the code and is geared towards inspectors with less than 3–5 years of experience, as well as those who simply want to establish greater confidence with the Residential Energy Code.

This course has been approved for 2.50 Other and 1.00 Code/Energy hours: Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota AND 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing in the State of Minnesota.


12:15−3:30 p.m. − Basement Finish—Plan Review and Inspections

Rich Lockrem, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

The course provides an overview of the plan review and inspection requirements applicable to residential finished basement. Course content utilizes examples, scenarios, exercises, and references to the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code including MR 1300 – 2020 Minnesota Building Code Administration. The course content is intended for building officials of varying experience levels.

This course has been approved for 2.50 Other and 1.00 Code/Energy hours: Residential Contractors in the State of Minnesota AND 3.50 hours: Building Officials, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing in the State of Minnesota.