The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has published the 2015 Minnesota Building Code and has stated it will be enforced starting January 24, 2015. Members of the builders association will receive seven members-only code guides with information about how to meet the new codes. If you’re not a member sign up now. If you’re already a member – look for the guides this fall.
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.