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Safety and Buildings Division Wisconsin Construction Code Report articles, February 2003 You may select the number of the title of an article that interests you, or scroll down.
1. Timely continuing ed saves $$$ and hassle;
2. Codes on the WebSite;
3. You may check the status of a credential on the S&B WebSite;
4. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite;
5. You can get EPA's new POWTS manual free;
6. When a code changes, some previous statements become out-of-date;
7. UW-Madison POWTS Maintainer-Qualifier class;
8. Contact information for plan reviews;
9. Ground Water Awareness Week - March 16-22, 2003;
10. Barb Lasek rejoins S&B;
11. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet;
12. Emergency fixtures can be important part of water calcs;
13. email technical code questions to;
14. Plumbing information database on the Internet;
15. Delegated Agents;
16. Pages for individual S&B programs on the WebSite;
17. Wieser POWTS Continuing Ed;
18. S&B winter POWTS Inspection Continuing Ed (no link);
19. Plumbing and POWTS plan review submitters - Heads up!;
20. Plumbing & Powts winter continuing education courses;
21. Health Care Facilities and Spouts, Part 2;
22. A look at delegated building code authority;
23. Soil erosion code project ended with 2002;
24. Education - "What's new and how do you comply with Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)?"
25. You will find the 2003 S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet;
26. Wisconsin Construction Code Report
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  1. Timely continuing ed saves $$$ and hassle
by Jim Quast, S&B Credential Buildings Program Manager, 608-266-9292,
What happens if you want to renew your credential and you don't get your continuing education on time? If you miss the code-specified cutoff date for fulfilling your continuing education obligations for renewal, nothing drastic happens immediately. You may obtain continuing education credit after the cutoff date, in order to satisfy renewal requirements. When you do complete your continuing education obligations late (during the period before your certification, registration, or license expires), there will be processing charge of $25 to cover the extra work involved to straighten out the computer records and create renewal paperwork. The cutoff date for continuing education obligations typically occurs three months prior to the expiration of the credential. This offset between the continuing education cycle and the term of a credential was created for several reasons: - to allow con ed class providers who held classes late in the cycle to submit their paperwork; and
- to allow Safety and Buildings Division staff time to record the information in the credential database before renewal notices are sent.
Situation becomes more drastic, if you miss your renewal
What are the consequences for not fulfilling your continuing education obligations in the correct cycle or at all? You will not be able to renew a certification or license until the education requirements have been satisfied.
Without renewal, you will not legally be able to do work that requires a credential. Projects you inadvertently work on while not credentialed are brought into question. For one credential cycle past the renewal date you will be able to renew credentials by obtaining late continuing education and going through late renewal procedures. After one cycle, you must retake the exam. Rather than have the extra work for you and S&B, and rather than put your employment or earnings in question, it's best if you pay attention to when you need continuing education and that you fulfill your obligations on time. For more info, contact the S&B Credential Unit, 608-261-8500,   2. Codes on the WebSite
You can check out the code requirements in Comm 5, which is posted on the Internet, linked from the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.
Choose this image to go back to the top.   3. You may check the status of a credential on the S&B WebSite,
Note that a credential that was renewed late does not show up in the search. A computer program needs to be revised to accommodate late renewals.
  4. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite, AdoptionQuestions.html
  5. You can get EPA's new POWTS manual free
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has published a free new onsite wastewater treatment systems design manual. The "Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual" provides guidance on system siting, design, installation and maintenance. Although written for a national audience, it has many ties to the provisions found in Wisconsin's Comm 83, POWTS Code.
Beginning with a history of onsite systems, the manual includes valuable information on performance requirements and management of systems; provisions contained in the current version of Comm 83. Traditional forms of onsite system design such as Wisconsin mounds and at-grades are discussed. In addition, the manual includes a comprehensive technology fact sheet section that provides in-depth information on system options, some that are new to the Badger State under the revised Comm 83. An electronic copy can be accessed as a PDF file at: Bound paper versions of the manual are available free from the EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications. To order a published copy by email or online, visit the web site below and order the "Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual." The publication number is EPA/625/R-00/008. You can also call 1-800-490-9198. The EPA web site address is http://www.epa. gov/ncepihom/ordering.htm. A CD with the EPA's 1980 Design Manual and the new onsite manual is also available (EPA/625/C-02/017). Choose this image to go back to the top.   6. When a code changes, some previous statements become out-of-date
Someone asked whether there were contradictions between information published in recent WCCRs about the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code and building code information that had been offered by the division in the past.
Could be. When a code changes, as the WCBC did July 1, 2002, some past information becomes outdated. Not only does specific language change, but also the way code sections interrelate becomes different. Interpretations of what the code means can be born anew. The article in the December WCCR about alterations and changes in use, for example, supersedes any conflicting information that may have been given in the past. Be aware that previous WCCR articles or previous Wisconsin Building or Plumbing Codes Reports articles (see archives) which still exist on paper or as electronic files on the S&B WebSite may no longer be valid, though they remain available for archival purposes.   7. UW-Madison POWTS Maintainer-Qualifier class
Thursday, April 24, 2003, all-day
Arlington UW Research Station
Classroom and Field, Fee $70
Six credit hours for POWTS maintainer-qualifier, and, continuing education credits for inspector, maintainer, soil tester, plumber and septage hauler (DNR) credentials. Brochures available in March. For more information, contact Jim Peterson, UW Environmental Resources Center, 608 262-3799; Fax 608 262-2031; UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project   8. Contact information for plan review
To schedule an appointment (commercial/multifamily buildings or plumbing):
 S&B WebSite:
 Fax: 24-hour toll-free number for appointment scheduling, 877-840-9172
 E-mail:
For application forms:
 On the S&B WebSite
 Call any of the offices.
Info about next available review appointment:
Info about status of plan review:
Choose this image to go back to the top.   9. Ground Water Awareness Week - March 16-22, 2003
- Ground water is the principal reserve of fresh water in the U.S.
- Forty-seven percent of the U.S. population depends on ground water for its drinking water.
- In the U.S. each day, about 76.4 billion gallons of ground water are used for household water, irrigation, industrial, and other uses.
- Ground water is an important source of surface water. Its contribution to the overall flow of rivers and streams in the U.S. may be as large as 50 percent. It is also a major source of water for lakes and wetlands.
- Homeowners who have a water well should schedule an annual maintenance check for their well, including testing the water for bacteria and any other potential water quality concerns. Water should also be tested any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
-More facts about ground water and water wells are available at the National Ground Water Association - sponsored web site,
Image alt text   10. Barb Lasek rejoins S&B
Barb Lasek, a veteran of previous service for Safety and Buildings, has returned to the division from another position in the Department of Safety and Professional Services. She will now serve as supervisor in the Inspection Support Section of the Bureau of Field Operations.
  11. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet,
Not all codes are available electronically. Paper copies may be purchased from Document Sales, 800-362-7253, for credit card purchases, or 608-266-3358.
Choose this image to go back to the top.   12. Emergency fixtures can be important part of water calcs
by S&B Plumbing Program Manager, Lynita Docken,, 608-785-9349
Safety and Buildings Division plumbing plan reviewers and consultants often get questions about how to size a water supply system that includes emergency showers and eye washes. First of all, there are no Wisconsin plumbing rules that require the installation of emergency fixtures. However, if an emergency fixture is installed, the designer must still comply with Comm 82.40(7), which contains performance language for water supply sizing. That code section's introduction says that "The sizing of the water supply system shall be based on the empirical method and limitations outlined in this subsection or on a detailed engineering analysis acceptable to the department." (An empirical method is defined as one which is developed "solely on practical experience and without regard for system or theory." ) That definition reflects that Tables 82.40-1, 2, and 3 were developed using practical experience. The code allows you use of these tables for water supply sizing calculations. However, the tables really can't be used for emergency fixtures. Nowhere in Table 82.40-2 will you find the water supply fixture unit (WSFU) value for an emergency shower or eyewash. You can use the second part of the code requirement for sizing, which allows you to use an engineering analysis to size the system. Following is an example of an analysis that would be acceptable. Step One - Calculating Demand
Calculate the demand of the system in gallons per minute. Most of the demand will be calculated by adding WSFUs (Table 82.40-1 or -2) and converting them to gallons per minute (Table 82.40-3). The emergency fixture demand will be added to that demand.
For example, if the system demand without an emergency fixture is 20 gpm and the demand of the emergency shower is 20 gpm, the total demand of the system will be 40 gpm. Most emergency fixture manufacturers construct fixtures to comply with the ANSI Standard Z358.1-1998. This standard requires that the minimum flow rates for emergency fixtures are as shown in Table A. Table A
Eye Wash .4 GPM
Face Wash 3 GPM
Drench Hose 3 GPM
Drench Shower 20 GPM
Designers can submit information specific to a particular fixture with their water calculations. If specific information is not submitted, Safety and Buildings Division plumbing plan reviewers will use the ANSI standard specifications as assigned in Table A. Step Two - Assigning the controlling fixture
Water supply sizing calculations must include the minimum flow pressure needed at the controlling fixture.
Emergency fixtures should be part of the evaluation, when assigning the value of the controlling fixture. The ANSI standard requires that fixtures complying with the standard operate at a pressure of at least 30 psig. Without additional information from the manufacturer, reviewers and designer will assume a pressure of 30 psig for emergency fixtures. Depending on other fixtures within the system, this 30 psig could, in many instances, be the pressure needed at the controlling fixture. Without the consideration of high-demand emergency fixtures and controlling fixture pressure requirements, the system could be incorrectly designed to respond in emergency situations. For more info, please contact a plumbing reviewer or consultant. (Water calc forms and other plumbing forms are on the S&B WebSite, Choose this image to go back to the top.   13. email technical code questions to:
- Commercial buildings, Comm 61-65
- Fire protection systems
- Plumbing, cross connection
- Private onsite wastewater treatment
- Public swimming pools
- Building and plumbing products
- Licenses, certifications, registrations
- Manufactured/mobile homes
- One- and Two-family Dwelling Code
  14. Plumbing information database on the Internet
  15. Delegated Agents
Some municipalities in Wisconsin have authority to do building plan review, inspections, and otherwise carry out code-related functions as delegates of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. For information and a list of current delegated municipalities, see the S&B WebSite, here.
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  17. POWTS Continuing Ed
Feb. 18, 2003, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wieser Concrete Products -Northwest Sport Center, Spooner, 301 Walnut St, - 800-325-8456
Pre-registration appreciated Cost at door $10 per person
Includes Lunch
Topics: Code Update - Scatt Unit - Dyno 2 - County Update - Zabel - Wieser - Advantex - Pumps - Gravles Chamber - Fast Unit & Drip Dispersal
6 hours credit to POWTS I, MP, MPRS, JP, JPRS, ST, POWTS M
18. Winter S&B POWTS (link no longer available)   19. Plumbing and POWTS plan review submitters - Heads up!
A number of submittal application forms have come in recently that have been incomplete or illegible. Fees have been figured incorrectly more often than they should be. Such problems delay plan reviews and waste time for both submitters and S&B staff. Don't try to use forms that have faxed back and forth till they're unreadable, or that come from a dirty copy machine. Clean forms are available on the S&B WebSite,, or in the plan review offices. Double check the fee computation and enter all requested information. Cross connection control device info on page 4 of the plumbing application needs to be filled out if relevant. If you have any questions on how to complete this form, you can contact any of the POWTS or plumbing plan reviewers listed here.
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The August, 2002 WCCR contained an article on the spout height of faucets located in health care and related facilities.
As a follow-up question someone asked; "Is the 5-inch spout height required for lavatory faucets in public restrooms in health care facilities?" The answer can be found in the Comm 82.50, Table 27, the requirements for "special" faucet spouts and actions for health care and related facilities. Nowhere in table is the public restroom listed as requiring a 5-inch clearance on the spout height, or knee, wrist, electronic sensor or foot operation. The public restroom faucets may be standard lavatory faucets that comply with ASME A112.18.1M or CAN/CSA B125, as required in Comm 84.20(6)(a). For information, contact a plumbing product reviewer, plumbing plan reviewer, or plumbing consultants, see contacts.   22. A look at delegated building code authority
by Henry Kosarzycki, Safety and Buildings Division Agent Monitor
There is a thirty-year history of state authorities delegating to municipalities agent status specific to commercial building plan review and inspection. Looking forward to another construction season, I want to address the structure and responsibilities associated with agent delegation. Let's first look at the distinction between municipal and state government authority. The state commercial building inspection and plan review done by the Safety and Buildings Division is a result of state statutes and administrative rules. Local building officials may review plans, issue permits, conduct inspections and issue certificates of occupancy based on municipal ordinances. Where a municipality adopts the state building code under their ordinances, that local official administers the state building code under the municipal ordinance. When a municipality is delegated as an agent of the state, the local building official assumes a dual role and responsibility. The local official now performs plan reviews and inspections on behalf of both the state and the municipality. The state building officials will no longer be directly involved with projects which are within the limits of the municipality, unless in response to a request or complaint. (A word (or thirty-three) about issuance of permits. Regardless of delegation, a municipality can not issue commercial building permits for construction until building plans have been reviewed and conditionally approved either by the state officials or by the delegated local authority.) Historically, delegated municipalities (previously referred to as "certified"), reviewed new construction which did not exceed 50,000 cubic feet in total volume and alterations which did not exceed 100,000 cubic feet in volume. Recently, the Safety and Buildings Division recognized the potential for a variety of delegations based on a municipality's abilities, as well as construction activity. A decision was made by S&B to find more flexibility and more partners. The variety of delegations today includes everything from first class city status to appointed agents reviewing commercial alteration plans only. I have been assigned to work with current delegated agents to improve communications and processes. We want to ensure accurate and consistent application and administration of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code. I also work with other municipalities that want to look at potential roles in Wisconsin's commercial buildings review and inspection system. For additional information regarding agent delegation, contact Henry Kosarzycki, 262-548-8615, List of delegated munis. Choose this image to go back to the top.   23. Soil erosion code project ended with 2002
A Safety and Buildings Division rule-making endeavor to substantially revise rules concerning soil erosion control during construction activities for commercial buildings has ended. It is not known if or when the project will restart. There are currently construction runoff requirements in Comm 61.115.
The proposed rules, Comm 65, Erosion Control at Commercial Building Sites, under state statutes are considered withdrawn because the effort was not concluded by the end of 2002. The project began in 1998. The code development was delayed as division staff waited for the state Department of Natural Resources to develop rules for non-point pollution sources, which included provisions for soil erosion control. The DNR code development, part of a federal mandate, culminated in NR151, which became effective in October of 2002. Now, a decision would need to be made that the revision work should be done, S&B would have to issue of an official Scope Statement outlining the proposed code work, and then proceed with advisory committee meetings and public hearings. Choose this image to go back to the top.   24. Education - What's new and how do you comply with Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)?
Find out by attending a four-hour seminar designed to help you best work with the UDC for profitability and success in the construction industry. Special focus will be given to the Energy aspects of the code.
Many locations throughout Wisconsin Who should attend?
Construction Workers
Building Inspectors
Prospective Home Owners
How do you take advantage of this important opportunity? Choose a course site that best fits your schedule (optional ITV sites are offered to suit your travel and time convenience) Pre-register by calling Northcentral Technical College. Pay just $45 for this training (cost includes your copy of the code book with commentary). Funded by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Administration-Division of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Energy. *Denotes ITV Location -Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Green Bay: North East Technical College (Class #4986)
*Sturgeon Bay: North East Technical College (Class #4987)
*Milwaukee: Milwaukee Area Technical College-North Campus (Class #4988)
*Cleveland: Lakeshore Technical College (Class #4989)
-Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Shell Lake: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Class #4991)
*Neillsville: Chippewa Valley Technical College (Class #4992)
*Hayward: Las Courte Oreilles Community College (Class #4993)
*New Richmond: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Class #4994)
-Tuesday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
La Crosse: Western Wisconsin Technical College (Class #5032)
*Fennimore: South West Technical College (Class #5033)
*Ashland: Northland College (Class #5034)
*Spencer: Northcentral Technical College (Class #5035)
-Tuesday, March 11, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Eau Claire: Chippewa Valley Technical College (Class #5037)
*Menomonie Falls: UW-Stout (Class #5038)
*River Falls: Chippewa Valley Technical College (Class #5039)
*Superior: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Class #5040)
-Tuesday, March 18, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Appleton: Fox Valley Technical College (Class #5042)
*Fond du Lac: Moraine Park Technical College (Class #5043)
*Rhinelander: Nicolet Area Technical College (Class #5044)
*Madison: Madison Area Technical College-Truax (Class #5045)
-Tuesday, March 25, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Waukesha: Metropolitan Builders Association Office (Class #4995)
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Waukesha: Metropolitan Builders Association Office (Class #4996)
*Denotes ITV Location Pre-Registration is required Call 1-715-675-3331 or 1-888-682-7144. Please be prepared with the following: Name, Social Security Number, Home Address, Home Telephone, Company, Company Address, Company Telephone, County of Residence, Public School District of Residence, Highest Level of Education Completed, Name of High School Attended, Year of High School Graduation (or GED) Registration PDF form The $45 course fee can be paid with either a MasterCard or VISA. Three Continuing Education Credits are available for UDC-Construction Inspector and one credit for UDC- HVAC Inspector For information:
Jane Witt, Wisconsin Builders Association 1-608-242-5155, x17;;
Kay Olson, Northcentral Technical College 1-715-675-3331, x4022;; Choose this image to go back to the top. 25. You will find the 2003 S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet:   26. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report
The WCCR is a monthly publication of the Safety and Buildings Division, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, delivered to about 13,000 readers - people who hold S&B plumbing, POWTS, and fire sprinkler credentials, to local inspectors, and to fire departments. For a year's subscription, send $20 to S&B Material Orders, PO Box 2509, Madison, 53701. Be sure to provide return mail info and note what you are ordering. WCCR on the WebSite -
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