Following the June 26 meeting of the Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC), the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) released a report that included comments and concerns voiced by the CCAC members regarding the initial technical review of model code changes earlier this year. The report also included comments submitted by organizations following the release of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Reports in mid-May.
Of the 10 organizations either submitting comments or co-signing letters, Housing First Minnesota’s comments stood out for several reasons. In a memo submitted by Housing First Minnesota’s regulatory affairs manager, the organization outlined its longtime goal of housing affordability being given equal consideration to safety and durability. Housing First Minnesota was also the only group to submit comments on multiple TAG reports and to call for not adopting the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential construction due to concerns about affordability.
The comments submitted by Housing First Minnesota, both in May and during the technical review during the first quarter of 2018, were cited throughout the June 26 CCAC report. Housing First Minnesota was also the only housing industry group to issue comments between May 15 and June 4.
A decision on whether to adopt the 2018 IECC for residential construction has been delayed until the U.S. Department of Energy issues its analysis of the IECC later this year. DLI staff is in the process of preparing the draft 2018 Minnesota Building Codes based off the TAG reports and CCAC comments.
The 2018 Minnesota Building Codes are set to take effect in March 2020 and Housing First Minnesota will continue to play an active role in the development of the new codes and educating industry when they are finalized.