State Completes Busy First Week of Code Change Process

State Completes Busy First Week of Code Change Process

Several dozen industry experts including, building officials, residential and commercial builders, lobbyists fire marshal and state regulators met at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) last Friday for the first meeting of the state’s Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs). Members of the TAGs have begun to review the recent code changes and are examining whether Minnesota should adopt these provisions.

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Housing First Minnesota Meets with Mayor Giuliani Stephens

Housing First Minnesota Meets with Mayor Giuliani Stephens

In less than eleven months Minnesota will elect a new governor. Current Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens (R), who is running to hold that seat, met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Wednesday to discuss a variety of housing issues and her campaign to be Minnesota's next governor. 

Among the many topics discussed were Minnesota's regulatory environment, the construction workforce shortage, and the role of the Metropolitan Council.

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Join Us! Housing Industry Headed to St. Paul

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Housing Day at the Capitol is one of the largest gatherings at the Minnesota Capitol with more than 600 attendees. Home builders, remodelers, Realtors and other housing industry advocates from throughout Minnesota will descend upon the State Capitol in St. Paul on March 14.

Housing Day at the Capitol is an incredible opportunity for both sides of the real estate profession — construction and sales — to come together to educate legislators with one voice. When it comes to being ‘housing market experts’, who better to talk to than builders and realtors.
— Tracie Fogelson, president of the Minnesota Association of Realtors/Realtor Broker with Rochester Coldwell Banker.
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Remodel Changes Lives in St. Michael

Remodel Changes Lives in St. Michael

The BATC Foundation proudly showed off its latest project in October with a moving ribbon cutting ceremony. Working with the St. Michael Foundation and build partner Minnesota Design and Construction Inc., the BATC Foundation expanded and remodeled a group home in St. Michael for four young men with special needs.

Chief among the improvements was a new kitchen, where these residents like to gather at the new center island, cook together or enjoy a meal at the dining room table. The BATC Foundation’s addition included a large deck and new flooring throughout much of the home.

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Builders and Remodelers Show Continues to Innovate

Builders and Remodelers Show Continues to Innovate

The largest building industry product show in the Midwest takes place this April at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS) will feature a new floor plan this year with more than 225 vendors showing off their newest and best products and services. For decades BRS has been the best area event to discover new trends in the home building industry.

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Addressing the State’s Workforce Challenges

Addressing the State’s Workforce Challenges

The construction industry represents one of the largest growing segments of the Minnesota economy. One of the biggest obstacles that is standing in its way is a serious workforce shortage.

Rep. Barb Haley has an extensive background in addressing workforce challenges. She currently sits on the Education Innovation Policy and Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Housing Becomes Part of the 2018 Discussion

Housing Becomes Part of the 2018 Discussion

In less than 11 months, Minnesotans will go to the polls to determine who will become their next governor. Health care, education and the economy are sure to dominate the conversation throughout the primary season and run-up to the general election. But housing has also been elevated as part of frequent discussions among the 2018 contenders.

The housing industry makes up approximately 15 percent of Minnesota’s GDP. From providing good-paying jobs for construction workers to building the American dream, the housing industry is an integral part of Minnesota’s economy.

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State Officials, Builders Prepare for Building Code Updates

Members of the state’s Construction Code Advisory Council met on 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.

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