Saint Paul, MN, April 16, 2014 – An article by Bill Mund, president of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association was recently published, and he’d like you to be believe new homes are not safe. He’d also like you to believe that requiring all new homeowners to install indoor home sprinkler systems is the silver bullet for fire deaths in Minnesota. He claimed, “with 20 house fire deaths in the first 15 weeks of 2014, Minnesota is on pace toward… the worst year on record for fire deaths.” However, safety in new home construction in Minnesota is the highest its ever been, and the numbers prove it’s something to celebrate.
A benefit of BAM membership is access to up-to-date engineered documents that accompany the Member Code Guides: Guide to Foundation Wall Support and Guide to Cantilevered Foundation Walls. The engineered documents have been updated and are now available online here. Minnesota is still operating under the 2007 Minnesota Building Code. The 2012 IRC has not been adopted in Minnesota yet. Once it has been adopted, it will not be enforced for 6 months after.