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A Cut Above

Lake Region Builders Association Au g u s t 2 0 1 2

A monthly newsletter serving beCker, ottertAil, normAn, wilkin And mAhnomen Counties

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Just as I sat down to write my August article I heard from my computer “you got mail”. Upon opening my e-mail I was delighted to read an e-mail from BAM-Pam Perri, titled “WE WON!” As it turns out she was referencing the lawsuit we have against the city of St. Paul. The city had made up their own building code requiring egress windows & wells that are larger than what building code calls for. In a nutshell the judge says that a city may not circumvent the preemption provisions of the state building code by indirectly adopting its own building regulation. This is a huge victory! Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope there will not be an appeal, it doesn’t sound like there will be. You may find yourself asking what difference does a lawsuit against the City of St. Paul make for us here in the LRBA region. The answer is that we are sending a message to all city municipalities. The message is also more than for egress windows. Remember the judgment says… “A city may not circumvent the preemption provisions of the state building code by indirectly adopting its own building regulation.” This shuts the door on all Minnesota municipalities who may want to make up their own building codes. We have enough new regulation coming at us from the federal & state government; we don’t need the city government adding to the pile. Bryan Schoenberger, President

our neXt meeting is sCheduled For september 13th And will be sponsored by the builders group Please mark your schedules and plan to attend. TBG provides the dinner (hamburger and fries) and the speaker. We will have a safety topic for the agenda. If you have something you would like covered, please call the office.

Our first breakfast with the Contractors was held on the 26th at ProBuild. I really appreciate those that came. Hunter Briard, Tom Crowell and cohorts attended, to find out the newest from DuPont from Tim Roble. Rolls were great. Hope you can make it to the next one. Pro-build, Stenerson Lumber and Crane Johnson with Tim Roble of LaVelle Company and the LRBA will be partnering to hold mini morning meetings for builders, with rolls and coffee being served. These meetings will be held at 7:00 a.m. with Tim being the speaker. You can come to one or come to all. August 2nd is at Crane Johnson Lumber Co. in Perham and August 8th is at Stenerson Lumber. Spread the word to non-member builders.

“spiFF For buCks”

SPIFF FOR BUCKS” is our new member campaign for 2012. The NAHB will be giving the association back 50% or $75.00 for each new member we have over the number we had on December 31st, 2011. This runs through December 31st, 2012. Because of this the LRBA board with the recommendation of Tim Roble, chair of the membership committee, decided to do our own membership campaign. We are going to give $25.00 to the member that brings in a new member. We need to get our subs and others to join our association. We can do this by promoting what you as a member get out of being a member, by having NAHB and BAM working on trying to make sure the laws and regulations make for good practices for the builder and consumers. In monetary benefits, by having Verizon for themselves and their employees, will usually cover the cost of your membership plus more. Lets get people to know the advantages of being a member and shoot for 30 new members for this year.

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Summer is 2/3’s over. Where did it go? Sounds like there are finally some new homes being built, so I hope that it is busier for everyone. I hope to see some new homes for a Tour of Homes, whether it is in the Fall yet, or in the Spring - probably in the Spring as some of those new homes won’t be done till towards Spring. I am also looking for some builders to get on the Tour of Homes Committee. I have three associates so far, but no builders. BUILDERS ARE NEEDED! Please Call me if you can be part of this fun committee. If we can put it together, I would like to do a book, and we would sell the ads and have the books printed. More information will be coming as things progress. I am also looking at holding another lead (RRP) class. If you haven’t taken the class, call me so I can get you on the list. I also want to make sure all the information on our website is correct. Please login to and check over your listing. If corrections need to be made, please let me know so it can be updated. Committee members are needed for most of our committees - Please look over the list in this newsletter, see if you are on a committee, if not pick one or two or three. Member involvement helps keep you informed. The organization cannot operate without committee members. “Spiff for Bucks” is going on till December 31st. If you have a sub that is not a member, sign them up. Subs (Associate members) are a vital part of our association and they benefit from the homes and remodeling that you do. Till next month….. Enjoy the summer.

BAM Monthly ColuMn July 2012 MN Builder is BAM’s blog providing up to date news on the housing industry in Minnesota. Information found on the blog include hot topics such as the new Independent Contractor Rule in effect as of July 1, 2012, the court ruling on the lawsuit filed by NAHB regarding the EPA’s removal of the opt-out provision in its lead rule, and the facts about the rumored 3.8% sales tax on homes. To have MN Builder delivered to you visit mnbuilderblog and scroll to the bottom of the page. Enter your email address and a confirmation will be sent to you. Be sure to click the confirmation link and you’re all set; it’s that easy! Independent Contractor Rule in Effect as of July 1, 2012 [Government Relations Section] Starting July 1, 2012 the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will be phasing in a new two-year pilot program registration system that replaces the ICEC and 2% withholding requirements. The pilot program requires construction contractors, including independent contractors and business entities, to register with DLI by September 15, 2012.| Exempted from this registration are those who are already licensed, certified, or registered with DLI, or those who are employees of a company already licensed, certified, or registered. No fee will be charged for initial registration. For More Visit: http://

Facts on Rumored 3.8% Sales Tax on Homes [NAHB Section] NAHB has been tracking a set of emails that falsely claim that the 2010 health care reform legislation imposed a 3.8% sales tax or transfer fee on all home sales in 2013. NAHB states the 3.8% tax is not in any way a sales tax paid against the sales price of the home for either the home seller or home buyer. Nor is it an additional business income tax for home builders selling a new home out of inventory. According to NAHB, there is an element of fact underlying the rumor, but for the most part the claim is false. Read the facts about the sales fax at category/nahb For More Visit: Get Information on the Minnesota Building Industry as it Happens Twitter. Sign up to have BAM Executive Vice President Pam Perri’s tweet show up on your phone as a text message. New to Twitter? The BAM Tweetorial (found at: http:// twitter-how-to-bam-tweetorial-2011.pdf) will walk you through step-by-step. Facebook. Photos, links and news about Minnesota’s residential construction industry. Check it out at: http://www.

baM's lawsUiT The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued their decision this morning at 10:00 on BAM’s lawsuit against the City of Saint Paul. The issue centered on Saint Paul’s egress window policy

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EPA’s Removal of Lead Rule Opt-Out Provision Upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals [NAHB Section] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled June 22, 2012 that the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the “opt-out” provision from its lead rule is legal. The EPA included the optout provision in the original 2008 Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule (LRRP Rule), but agreed in 2010 to remove the provision to resolve a legal challenge against the rule. The removal of the opt-out provision more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP Rule. According to NAHB, “The agency estimates that this will add more than $500 million per year to the cost of the regulation.” A coalition of industry trade groups led by NAHB filed a petition for review in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the removal of the opt-out. The court issued its decision in favor of the EPA, finding that federal agencies may change existing regulations so long as the amended rule is allowed by the statute and the agency acknowledges the change in course. With regard to the opt-out, NAHB states, “The court ruled that since the EPA was not obligated to include an opt-out provision in the LRRP Rule, it could remove the provision without offering new information to justify its removal.”For More Visit:

which exceeded the State Building Code. BAM lost in District Court, appealed, and today, we were victorious. The court syllabus is below: A city may not circumvent

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MeMbeRship DiRecTORY BuIlDERS & REMoDElERS AhMAnn ConStRuCtion Wayne ahmann phone: 218-935-2622 Al ClARk ConStRuCtion al Clark phone: 218-849-4489 email: AndeRSon ConStRuCtoRS David anderson phone: 218-532-7429 email: BRiARd ConStRuCtion Hunter Briard phone: 218-439-6043 email: CoggeR ConStRuCtion Rick Cogger phone: 218-849-7459 email: CRoWell ConStRuCtion Tom Crowell phone: 218-847-1931 email: do- Right ConStRuCtion of the lAkeS Jim Herman phone: 218-234-1095 email: don tietz ConStRuCtion Don Tietz/J. Coley phone: 218-439-6271 email: dynAMiC hoMeS arlen Johnson phone: 218-847-2611 web: foltz BuildeRS David Foltz phone: 218-847-3281 email: web: fRAnCiS ConStRuCtion of detRoit lAkeS David Francis phone: 218-847-4054 email: fRAnCiS geneReux ConStRuCtion Francis genereux 218-849-8808 email: g & R hill ConStRuCtion gene & Randy Hill phone: 218-847-5947 email: gARy heitkAMp ConStRuCtion gary Heitkamp phone: 218-847-8441 email: heRitAge hoMeS, llC Tyrone leslie phone: 701-281-7184 email: heMMelgARn BuildeRS, inC. James Hemmelgarn phone: 218-346-2377 fax 218-346-3242 email: JBS BuildeRS, llC Jayson Storo phone: 218-232-0472 &

218-495-2005 email: web: keith fRAnCiS & Son’S ConStRuCtion, llC phone: 218-556-9711 email: jfrancis@mahnomen. klinton BARthel ConStRuCtion, inC. phone: 218-841-2087 fax: 218-844-5461 email: nodSle ConStRuCtion Perry Nodsle phone: 218-847-7603 email: pAul dAviS ReStoRAtion & ReModeling Jeff Boehm phone: 218-847-1800 email: web: MARk Stone ConStRuCtion Co. Mark Stone 414 Bryant ave. SW Wadena, MN 56482 phone:218-639-5059 email: mark-camille ModeRn living ConCeptS Bryan Schoenberger phone: 218-841-2006 email: web: SCott BuChholz ConStRuCtion Scott Buchholz phone: 218-864-9947 fax: 218-864-5046 email: scottbuchholzconst web: www.scottbuchholz WoytASSek CuStoM hoMeS Warren Woytassek phone: 218-844-4661


AMeRigAS pRopAne Tom Kirby phone: 218-847-1133 email: web:

Andy fRAnCiS lAndSCAping ConStRuCtion andy Francis 12352 Shorewood Beach Rd phone : 218-439-3320 email:

email: Budget BlindS Melody Kruckenberg phone: 218-844-7052 email: web: ClASSiC ConCRete ContRACtoRS Dan Baker phone: 218-849-4744 CoRMoRAnt ReAlty Jim Kaiser phone: 218-530-0023 email: web: CRAne JohnSon luMBeR greg Neisen phone: 218-346-5555 email: CullenS hoMe CenteR Dan Zierden phone: 218-998-5070 dl oveRheAd dooR SeRviCeS Tim lamb phone: 218-847-2129 email: web: detroitlakes elSneR Well dRilling Kelly Elsner phone: 218-844-8400 email: web: eSSeR pluMBing & htg. AiRe SeRv Kelly Fingalson phone: 218-841-8849 email: web: g-foAM Michael griffin phone: 218-841-3999 email: kinetiCothe WAteR doCtoRS local Contact - Scott Danielson phone: 218-844-7873 email: web: foltz dRyWAll, inC. Nate Foltz phone: 218-844-8837 email: geMStone MASonRy Todd Rodeman phone: 218-334-3274 email: web:

Apex eleCtRiC & lighting Marty Ekren phone: 218-847-5244 email:

geo diReCt Supply, inC Kevin olson phone: 218-367-5196 email: web:

ARvig SeCuRity SeRviCe Jill Mack phone 218-844-8518 email:

goodin CoMpAny Jonna Esser phone: 218-847-9211 Web:

At eASe doCk & lift John Drewes phone: 218-849-5212 email:

gReenS pluMBing & heAting Mark green/Nick green phone: 218-847-7542 email: web: greensplumbing

B & M eleCtRiC, inC. Mike Eidenschink phone: 218-847-1946

hough inC. Mike Hough phone: 218-847-7391 email:

pRo SySteMS CoRp Mike Brodsho phone: 218-847-9277 web:

i’ll tile & Stone Troy Fingalson phone: 218-847-0335 email:

SChilleR inSuRAnCe Ross gailfus phone: 218-847-5696 email: rgailfus@warner web:

Jutz exCAvAting Ed Jutz phone: 218-334-5692 kAhle pluMBing & heAting Dave Kahle phone: 218-847-1008 lAneyS, inC. Chad Harstad phone: 218-847-1309 lAvelle CoMpAny Tim Roble phone: 218-849-7876 MAlStRoM eleCtRiC Brad Malstrom phone: 218-847-3132 email: info@malstrom web: MenARdS Steve Novak phone: 218-846-9885 MidWeSt BAnk Stephen Daggett & Denise Fredrickson phone: 218-847-4771 Email: denise.fredrickson web: MidWeSt MinneSotA CoMMunity developMent John King phone: 218-847-3191 email: web: ModeRn heAting & pluMBing Rick Michaelson phone: 218-847-7459 email: web: modernheating

StAte BAnk & tRuSt Julia okeson phone: 218-844-3000 email: jokeson@ web: SteneRSon luMBeR of detRoit lAkeS Joel Nelson phone: 218-847-2188 SteneRSon luMBeR of feRguS fAllS Mike Diekman phone: 218-739-4481 email: mdiekman@ web: tWin City gARAge dooR Jeff Swenson phone: 701-281-4759 email: web: tWeeton RefRigeRAtion & heAting Dan Tweeton/Scott McKenzie phone 218-847-7537 email: WeSteRn pRoduCtS, inC. Ross amundson phone: 701-293-5310 email: web: zAyiC ConCRete John Brehm phone: 218-844-2200 email: web:

noRth CountRy kitChenS Ed lillis phone: 218-847-1022 email: web: olSon pool & SpAS Steve olson phone: 218-483-3541 email: steve@olsonpools web: pAinteRS pluS of dl Shane Heille phone: 218-847-5295 email: paintersplusofdl@gmail. com pellA WindoWS & dooRS Wayne Reichling phone: 701-281-1390 email: web: pRo Build Curtis Thom phone: 218-847-2688 email: web:

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regulation through a “policy” rather than an ordinance or formal enactment. The state building code preempts such municipal policies to the same extent that it preempts municipalities’ ordinances or formal enactments that differ from the uniform state code. The good news continues. The Court of Appeals may choose whether or not to publish a decision. In fact, a majority of their decisions remain unpublished which means they are not technically binding precedent. The decision today was published and is therefore a binding precedent. A big thank you goes to BAM’s Legal Action Committee and BAM’s attorney Joe Springer at Fredrikson & Byron for all their hard work on this case. Joe argued like a champ at the Court of Appeals. Case Timeline This case began in November 22, 2010 when BAM sent a cease and desist letter to the City of St. Paul. When the City did not respond, BAM filed a summons and complaint March 18, 2011 in the Ramsey County District Court. The hearing was held Thursday July 7, 2011.

The district judge ruled against BAM on the grounds that a policy made by a city is not an ordinance and therefore does not violate the state building code. If the ruling had been allowed to stand it would have meant any city in Minnesota could use a policy to override the state building code and dilute the power of the code. BAM had case law to refute that argument with Sax v. Morris, so BAM’s Legal Action Committee made the decision to appeal. It was filed January 17, 2012 and oral arguments were heard May 9, 2012. And today we won! What it Means This win today, upholds the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on Sax v. City of Morris, and signals to all municipalities in Minnesota the importance of not exceeding the state building code by ordinance, by formal enactment, by development agreement, or by “policy.” This is a significant WIN for the industry. While we are pleased with the ruling, the City of St. Paul may appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. However, the Minnesota Supreme Court only takes 5% of all appeal requests. Read the decision at or here.


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running for Benton County Commissioner. And Rocky Schneider, Director of Public Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, is running for Cass County Commissioner. We hear Rocky recently won his primary - Congratulations! His campaign website is: Details on Jane’s campaign to come! We wish them both well in their respective races.

Week of July 16, 2012 subcontractor Registration program Now in effect The Department of Labor and Industry launched the new Subcontractor Registration Pilot Program July 15th. The program was put into place during the 2012 Minnesota Legislative Session and became effective July 1st. While DLI is calling it a contractor registration program, it’s actually for subcontractors. All construction contractors not already licensed by the Department of Labor and Industry must register with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. This pertains to both commercial and residential construction. All subs must be registered by September 15th, 2012 to avoid enforcement penalties. Enforcement begins September 15th. There are significant potential fines for general contractors employing subcontractors that are not registered. Registration is free and can be done online at: register. BAM has put together a page with all the information and links available as well as a handout that can be given to subcontractors. Both are found at: education For all information BAM has to date visit including: • Letter received from DLI, • One-page explanation of the program, • Three-page frequently asked questions section • Links to information provided by DLI online For more information about contractor registration: • Web: register.asp

• Phone: (651) 284-5074 • Email: dli.register@state. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Who has to register? A: An individual or business entity that performs building construction or improvement services must register with DLI unless they: • Have a current license, certificate or registration issued by DLI; • Have a current independent contractor exemption certificate; • Are an employee of a business performing construction services; or • Are exempt from licensing under Minnesota Statutes 326B.805, subd. 6 (5) or excluded from registration requirements under Minnesota Statutes 181.723, subd. 4a. Contractors who hire unregistered subcontractors, misclassify workers and fail to register are in violation of the law, which can result in civil penalties. • Q: If I am a builder or remodeler, which means a license is required, do I have to register? A: The answer is no. If contractors are performing any construction work for which a license, certification or separate registration is required under Minn. Stat. chapter 326B (i.e. Boiler, Electrical, Elevator, HPP, Plumbing or Residential Building Contractor), they must apply for a license and may not submit a Contractor Registration. Contact DLI’s Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD)'s Licensing Services at (651) 284-5031 (personal licenses) or (651) 284-5034 (business licenses) for more information. Q: How do I register? A: Registration is an online process and can be done at: www.dli. Q: How do I verify registration? A: Available on the DLI License Lookup link found on the DLI homepage ( and at the following address: https:// A registered contactor can be found quickly by clicking on “business” and then typing any portion of the contractor’s name into the search field.



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NAHB members can get a $500* privatethis offer toward the purchase or lease of most private offer is easy: * redeeming Obtain your NAHB proof of membership form at new GM vehicles.1) Learn more at:

breAkFAst with the ContrACtors: August 2nd - Crane Johnson - 7:00 a.m. August 8th - Stenerson Lumber - 7:00 a.m. July And August NO MEETINGS september 13th THE BUILDERS GROUP IS SPONSORING WITH HaMBURGER & fRIES PROvIDED oCtober 11th TBD november 15th PaM PERRI fROM BaM JAnuAry 13th ELECTRICaL EXPO JAnuAry aNNUaL MEETING - TIME & PLaCE TBD FebruAry12th BUILDERS EXPO

2) Visit your GM dealer and mention this private offer. 3) Choose an eligible vehicle(s) to purchase or lease and present your NAHB proof of membership form to your dealer.

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In the tough economy that we are in, it is more important than ever, to use the services of our members. Our associates help keep the association going, with their membership, their volunteering on our projects, the Home Show and other events. Likewise for the associates, if they need the use of a contractor or can recommend a contractor, it is important for them to use one of our fellow members. If you are using services from non-members, encourage them to become a member of our association. This benefits everyone!!!

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member Corner new members – we welCome you neW MeMBeRS No new members in July

getting involved

is key!!

members renewed

• Midwest Bank - Denise Fredrickson/Stephen Daggett • Midwest Minnesota Community Dev. - John King

up For renewAl • Pro Build - Curtis Thom • Hough, Inc. • Woytassek Custom Homes, Inc.

sorry to see you go EDINa REalTy KRuEgER WaTER WEllS - BRaD KRuEgER CoMPlETEly HoME, INC. - CHRIS JaSKEN

member news Is there something happening in your business? With your family? Let us know, we would like to acknowledge it.

lrbA Committees 2012

you will get out of your membership what you put in! * Join An event Committee * Attend monthly meetings * Attend All of our events

we Are still in need oF Committee members. pleAse look the list over And let us know whAt you would like to serve on. Bylaws (1) – Dave Francis Oversees Bylaws and reviews if necessary. Community Projects (1) – Ed Jutz, Mike Houge, Rick Mickelson Looks for and reviews projects to bring to the board. Over sees project completion. Education and Programs (2) – Dave Francis, Jason Coley ____________ Works with EO to find educational programs for meetings, and input for continuing education programs. Treasure/Secretary – (Board Member) Jason Coley ____________ Over sees the accounts, works with EO to balance books and set yearly bud-

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get. Membership/Retention – Tim Roble, Linda Jutz, Dave Francis ____________ Works with EO to coordinate membership drives, new member orientation, and develop retention plan. Nominating – Bryan Schoenberger, Sharon, All Board Members Finds nominations for awards, and future board members. Home and Garden Show Committee - Chairs AL Clark & Perry Nodsle, members: Brenda Eidenschink ,Mike Eidenschink, Perry Nodsle, Ed Jutz, Linda Jutz, Jason Coley ____________

Conduct and oversee the Home and Garden Show/Silent Auction/Scholorships. Silent Auction Committee - Martha Buchholz, Linda Jutz, Ellie Francis, Tamie Heille, Brenda Eidenschink Scholarship Committee - Perry Nodsle, Brenda Eidenschink, Jean Zayic ____________ Builders Expo – Tim Roble, Bryan Schoenberger ____________ Set up Expo for vendors, works with education committee to offer continuing education and line up sponsors. Electrical Expo – Mike Eidenschink, Marty Ekren and Brad Malstrom

Set up Electrical Expo for vendors, works with education committee to offer continuing ed. State Legislative – Bryan Schoenberger and Nick Green Represents the Association at the State Board Meetings (2 needed only). Trap Shoot – Perry Nodsle, Mike Eidenschink Set and conduct trap shooting event. Annual Meeting – Linda Jutz, Ellie Francis, Skye Fingalson ____________ Tour of Homes - ____________ Government Relations_Bryan Schoenberger ____________

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Code oF ethiCs Members of the Home

Builders association subscribe to the following Code of ethics n Members shall constantly seek to provide better values for the customers they serve. n Members shall at times share their knowledge with fellow members in the public in the best interest of those they serve. n Members shall not obtain any business by means of fraudulet statements or by use of implications unwarranted by fact or reasonable probability. n Members shall comply, both in spirit and letter, with rules and regulations prescribed by law and government agencies for health, safety and progress of the community. n Members shall not perform a cause to be performed at any act which would tend to reflect on or bring into disrepute any party of the industry served by this association.

“to promote professionalism and to educate members and consumers on legislative issues, while fostering cooperative relationships for all stakeholders”



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Week of June 25, 2012

code Update To date, BAM has written three letters to the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI); two on the fire sprinkler issue and one on the energy code. You can access all of these letters on the BAM blog here. The BAM code committee met in mid-June to discuss next steps and prepare for the June 21, 2012 CCAC (Construction Code Advisory Committee) meeting. CCAC members heard an overview from DLI staff on the following codes: 1341 (Accessibility Code), 1311 (Existing Building Code), 1300 (Administration), 1346 (Mechanical Fuel & Gas Code), 1307 (Elevator) and 1303 (Radon). BAM reviewed the draft documents for each of the codes pertaining to residential construction and found DLI staff had eliminated BAM’s alternative method for radon construction from the Chapter 1303 code document. This is unfortunate given that the technical advisory committee had approved adding BAM’s method to the code. Our alternative method was written by an engineer and has been available on the BAM website for the last few years. The method is available here. At the CCAC meeting, BAM had an opportunity to express our concerns about the absence of the method and discuss our methodology. Department staff said they will take into consideration the discussion prior to releasing the final draft of the radon code. DLI staff informed the CCAC that the residential code and energy code would be reviewed at the end of July or perhaps August, given the difficulty of summer schedules. In addition, DLI has hired the University of Minnesota to further study the proposed energy code foundation requirements for issues such as durability, moisture, enforcement, cost benefit and other issues required by MN Statute 326B.118. An outstanding issue in the energy code is the proposed requirement for all

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new construction to have a blower door test to measure air tightness. The 2012 IECC requires all new construction to have a blower door test. BAM will put out a survey to all of our builder members asking what they think about the requirement of blower doors and who should be able to conduct them. Watch for the survey and results. subcontractor Registration Update The Department of Labor & Industry is still working on the format for the new subcontractor registration which is required by September 15, 2012. As you may recall from our last update, ALL subcontractors not currently licensed will be required to register free of charge with the Department of Labor & Industry. DLI tells us the registration should be up and running with a link by JULY 15, 2012. More to come as it’s available. environmental Quality board In November of last year, Governor Dayton issued an Executive Order on improving the environmental permitting process. I received a call yesterday from the staff at the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) about collecting input to meet the objectives of the executive order. The EQB has conducted a number of focus groups from local governments, state government agencies, non-profit groups, environmentalists and water quality boards. However, as they wrap up the focus group process, they have not received much input from the construction and development industry. They are conducting their last public focus group on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Roseville Public Library located at 2180 North Hamline, Roseville MN 55113. Since this meeting may be difficult for our members to attend, I suggested a construction-specific focus group might provide more insight. I also requested that if we pull together a group from the indus-

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try, would EQB staff attend to get our industry’s perspective. Randy Doneen from the EQB told me that he would attend and said every recommendation made by any sector would be evaluated and reviewed by the EQB. As soon as a date is set, I will let members know. Thank You to baM election Fund Donors A big THANK YOU to Pillar Homes and Amcon Block for being the latest companies to donate to BAM’s Building MN Homes – Building MN Jobs 2012 Election Fund. BAM has created an independent expenditure fund as a way to work together statewide to ensure we elect candidates that support our industry. The dollars will be used to purchase flyers, advertisements and radio support for candidates who support the residential construction industry and small business. To date, over 15 member companies have stepped to the plate to meet our goal of $25,000. BAM is seeking 50 members to step up and lead the effort by committing $500 from their business to support this effort. Now is the time to act together to support candidates who support the building industry! 50 member companies - $500 each - 50 days. Let’s do this! To donate: Download the form, print and fill out and mail to BAM, 525 Park Street, Suite 150, Saint Paul, MN 55103. Call us or donate online. For more information visit: bamn. org/events and click on Building MN Homes – Building MN Jobs. introducing county commissioner candidates Rocky schneider and Jane Deaustin This year we have two local association staff running for County Commissioner seats! Jane DeAustin, Director of Government Affairs for the Central Minnesota Builders Association, is CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 >>

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A Cut Above - August 2012  

The monthly publication of the Lake Region Builders Association.

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