As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available. (more…)
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry requests comments on its possible amendment to Minnesota Rules, chapter 1307, “Elevators and Related Devices.” The existing Minnesota Rules chapter 1307 incorporates chapter 30 of the 2012 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) and incorporates by reference several standards published by the American Society (more…)
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry intends to adopt permanent rules governing the adoption of the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 1309.
The following document related to this rulemaking will be published in the Sept. 16, 2019, edition of the State Register: (more…)
One item covered in the newsletter is the adoption process for the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code. The Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) met June 21, 2018, to review a report from Technical Advisory Groups about seven of the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code. With the exception of the model residential energy code, the CCAC recommended DLI move forward with the adoption of the 2018 I-Codes with amendments (more…)
Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)
The “2018 International Model Codes Review” is attached, as received from the state of Minnesota. This report summarizes the findings of the Technical Advisory Groups, public comments received between May 15 and June 1, 2018, and comments and concerns received at the CCAC meeting on June 21, 2018. Please note, however, that recommendations on adoption of the Residential Energy Code, Chapter 1322, are included here for informational purposes but were not discussed at the CCAC meeting. (more…)