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The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry’s Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) reviewing changes to the state’s building codes have just wrapped up their fifth week of work. Housing First Minnesota members and staff have been present at meetings, advocating increased housing affordability as Minnesota’s affordability crisis grows.
“Our message of affordability is clearly resonating,” said Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager for Housing First Minnesota. Erickson, along with Housing Frist Minnesota’s four TAG members, have been present at the Energy Code, Residential Building Code, Structural Code and Code Administration TAGs meetings, advocating for increased home affordability at the state reviews which code provisions to adopt.
Despite the added focus on home affordability, several important affordability issues have already risen during the first weeks of meetings:
Housing First Minnesota will work with TAG members and Labor & Industry staff to keep affordability front-of-mind during the code update process.
Once the TAGs complete their work, changes to the various codes will be passed along to the Minnesota Construction Code Advisory Council, which will prepare recommendations for the Commissioner of Labor & industry. Minnesota’s new building codes, after working though he state’s rulemaking process, will go into effect March 2020.