Members of the state’s Construction Code Advisory Council met on Thursday, Nov. 30, to begin the process of updating the state’s building codes.
During the meeting, the Construction Code Advisory Council appointed the official members of its 10 Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), the bodies responsible for reviewing changes to each code: Accessibility Code, Building Code Administration, Commercial Building Code, Elevator Code, Energy Code, Existing Building Code, Fire Code Compatibility, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code, Structural and the Residential Building Code.
Four BATC-Housing First Minnesota members were appointed to TAGs at the meeting:
Residential Building Code
Brent Nygaard, Lennar
Mike Swanson, JMS Custom Homes
Mike Barden, Pulte Group
Ross Anderson, The Energy Network
In addition to their TAG appointments, Swanson and Anderson also serve on BATC-Housing First Minnesota’s Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee.
Other residential construction TAG representation includes Kurt Welker (Administration), Mike Paradise (Residential Building Code), Ed Von Toma (Energy Code), and Craig Oswell (Structural)
In the coming weeks, the TAGs will begin reviewing the changes in the 2015 and 2018 codes and prepare recommendations of which code provision to adopt.
The Construction Code Advisory Council will then review the TAGs recommendations and submit its findings to the Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner, before the proposal final proposed code is published.
The final draft codes will be opened for public comment before going into effect, with a draft available in mid-2018.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson