Lastname, Firstname 2004-06-22 2004-06-22 2005-06-30 Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings, Commerce, Safety and Buildings, Comm, Credentials, Certifications, Buildings Codes, Registrations, Construction, Public Safety, Licenses, Permits, License application forms, Trades, Administrative codes, Regulations, Statutes, Administrative rules, Cities, City, Towns, County, Counties, Municipal, Ordinances, Hygiene, Hazardous, Diseases, Design, Engineering, Continuing education, Audits, Grants, POWTS, Private wastewater treatment systems, Septic field, Septic tanks, Sewage treatment, Sewage disposal, Accessibility, Accessible, Disability, Disabilities, Clean air, Clean water, Air quality, Public sector employees, Applications, Plan review, State, Bureau of Program Development, Bureau of Field Operations, Bureau of Integrated Services, Environmental assessments, Environmental impact statement, Soil erosion, Drinking water, Appliances, Plumbing Products, Fire prevention and protection, Firefighter safety, Fire Sprinklers, Rental unit energy efficiency, Rental weatherization, Commercial buildings, Forms, Publications, Plumbing, Inspection, Inspectors, Consultants, Waste disposal, Historic buildings, Occupational and industrial safety, Occupational health, One and two family dwellings, Houses, Housing, Homes, Multifamily dwellings, Mine Safety, Mining, Mines, Open pits, Quarries, Blasters, Plumbers, Electricians, Boilers, Wastewater, Elevators, Lighting, Energy, Mobile homes, Manufactured homes, Welding, Structural systems, Gas systems, HVAC, Refrigeration, Public swimming pools, Wisconsin Fund, Explosives, Amusement rides and attractions, Tramways lifts and tows, Government facts figures and statistics Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings, Commerce, Safety and Buildings, Building, Wisconsin, Safety, Construction, License. Safety and Buildings Safety and Buildings Division -Articles from the January, 2004 Wisconsin Construction Codes Report Watch for the S&B plumbing credential renewal letters that are scheduled to be mailed during the middle two weeks of February, 2004. You may select the number of an article title that interests you, or scroll down:
Plumbing and POWTS Continuing Education;
2. Enrolled Commercial Building Code is updated;
3. Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association Conference, Continuing Education Opportunity;
4. Electrical Q&A;
5. New law brings statewide enforcement of UDC;
6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training;
7. Apprentices, take notice: There was an error in a November 2003 article!;
8. Rules headed to legislature that lengthen some credential terms and create a commercial plumbing inspector license;
9. Plumbing Learner competency exams are discontinued;
10. Items added to Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite;
11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see a recent WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. You may order a paper subscription (12 months) to the WCCR by sending $20 to the Safety and Buildings Division, Audrey Fries, PO Box 2658, Madison, WI 53701;
12. The Wisconsin Plumbing Products Register will no longer be printed for paper distribution.;
13. Meneguin returns from active duty;
14. Some inspector districts changed;
15. Wieser POWTS Continuing Ed;
16. Recent Commercial Buildings Material Evaluations;
19. Plumbing information in a Q&A format organized by code section is on the S&B WebSite;
20. Fax or email technical code questions;
21. You will find the S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet;
22. Delegated Agents (Commercial Buildings);
23. Check the status of your credential;
24. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet;
25. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite;
26. Contact information for plan review;
27. Paper subscription for the WCCR;
28. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report. If you have a S&B credential, take your card out and look at it. When's your renewal? Don't lose track and lose your opportunity to work. S&B Credential Unit, 608-261-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Note the Eau Claire class location was changed on January 6, 2004. The new location is the Ramada Inn, 205 South Barstow St., 800-950-6121.
2. Enrolled Commercial Building Code is updated
An up-to-date 2003 Enrolled WCBC is now available in a two-volume, ring-binder paper set, for $200, and in a single-user, compact-disc electronic version for $240. There have been two WCBC revision packages since the Enrolled Code was originally printed in 2002, with one being effective past spring. There are now two update sets of pages for the original paper 2002 version of the Enrolled Code, available for free download or for purchase ($10 per set), http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeObtain.html. The paper copies of the complete Enrolled Code, as of November 21, 2003, are complete new versions which do not need any update pages. (All CD copies of the Enrolled Code, no matter when purchased, are the latest versions and do not need any updating!) As of November 21, 2003, the second paper printing of the Enrolled Code became available. The second paper printing differs from the original 2002 printing by incorporating code changes that became effective on July 1, 2002, and on May 1, 2003. Replacement Pages: Any paper copies of the 2002 printing that were purchased before July 8, 2002, can be updated to match the latest, printing by obtaining a 2002 set of replacement pages and a 2003 set of replacement pages. Any paper copies of the 2002 printing that were received after July 8, 2002 and before November 21, 2003, (which did include the 2002 set of replacement pages) can be updated to match the latest printing by obtaining just the 2003 set of replacement pages. These two sets of replacement pages can be downloaded free on the S&B WebSite, or can be purchased using the order form below. Wisconsin Enrolled Commercial Building Code Order Form - Number of sets of the hardcopy version ($200 per set) ____ - Number of copies of the single-user, compact-disc version ($240 per copy) ____ Send check for the total amount to the "Safety and Buildings Division," Attn: Roberta Ward, PO Box 2689, Madison WI 53701 (Safety and Buildings cannot process credit or debit card purchases) Company or individual name: ______________________________________________________ Shipping street address: ___________________________________________________________ Your UPS customer number for overnight shipping: _______________________________________ City, state, zip: __________________________________________________________________ Telephone number _______________________________________________________________ Fiscal code 8035 Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law, s. 1504(1)(m)]
3. WOWRA Conference, Continuing Education Opportunity
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4. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact one of the S&B Electrical Consultants. Question: Who is responsible for a "known" violation? A co-worker says that if the foreman instructs you to install something that you know is not right, then he is responsible. How would someone protect themself if they're in a situation where they did not want to install unsafe electrical work?
Answer: The person doing the work is responsible. If someone tells you to speed and you get a ticket, who is at fault? Typically, the electrician in charge (journeyman) is responsible for the work on-site. Ultimately, the contractor/employer is responsible for the work of an employee. Disagreements should be discussed with your supervisor, foreman, or with the inspector. Companies have a chain of command similar to the military. If your's doesn't work, you could look for a different employer.
Wisconsin Statute 101.865 states: "It is hereby made the duty of every contractor and other person who does any electrical wiring in this state to comply with the Wisconsin State Electrical Code." Question: Say a condo building has an unheated garbage room, under a carport. It has a sprinkler system as required by the building code. A heat tape listed for fire protection systems protects those pipes to keep them from freezing. The NEC requires a GFI-protected receptacle for the heat tapes. If the GFI trips in very cold weather, the pipes could freeze, which would result in a flood. Ideas?
Answer: Section 427.22 requires ground fault protection of equipment (GFPE) for electric heat tracing. This is not the same as ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection designed to open a circuit when it senses a ground-fault of 4 to 6 milliamperes. GFPE devices generally trip at 30 milliamperes. If the ground-fault protection trips, there is a problem. NEC 422.50 requires cord and plug-connected pipe heating assemblies intended to prevent freezing of piping to be listed. When a sprinkler system is used and freezing could be an issue, a dry system may be used with a air compressor to maintain air pressure in the system. If a wet system is used, an alarm may be advisable. Look for electrical education courses, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivContinuingEducation.html
5. New law brings statewide enforcement of UDC
by Laurence J. Swaziek,, S&B UDC Program Manager, 608-267-7701, email@example.com A new Wisconsin law requires the state's Uniform Dwelling Code be enforced in all municipalities. This includes the necessity to have new construction inspected for compliance with the UDC, the statewide building code for one- and two-family dwellings built since June 1, 1980. The Home Safety Act signed into law by Governor Doyle on December 3, 2003, includes important changes to the enabling statutes for the UDC. The changes were effective as of December 18, 2003. However, it will take three to six months to get the enforcement system into place. Previous to the new legislation, municipalities with a population of 2500 or less could choose by resolution to decline UDC enforcement. Those municipalities which previously chose to not enforce the UDC now have three options:
1. Adopt an ordinance to begin local enforcement of the UDC. This may include contracting with another municipality or a private party to do the work;
2. Delegate enforcement to their county, if the county is willing to accept it. Currently three counties have UDC enforcement programs, Adams, Chippewa, and Eau Claire);
3. Take no action - which then causes the Safety and Buildings Division to enforce the UDC for new homes in the municipality. Currently, there are approximately 900 municipalities in Wisconsin which elected in the past to not enforce the UDC. S&B plans to survey the municipalities that previously declined enforcement, to try to determine what the municipalities plan to do, so a system can be structured for S&B's enforcement responsibilities. The enforcement status of record for municipalities in Wisconsin may be found on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-OneAndTwoFamilyProgram.html. If enforcement options one or two are not chosen, S&B plans to contract out enforcement to registered UDC inspection agencies, either on a local or countywide basis. It is anticipated that any bidding process for contracts for enforcement will take place in Spring 2004. Info on the status of setting up a new enforcement system will be in the WCCR and on the Web page noted above. Keep in mind that UDC certified inspectors and inspection agencies may contract directly with the municipalities to provide enforcement.
6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training
7. Apprentices, take notice: There was an error in a November 2003 article!
(The incorrect acronym in this repeated article has a line through it now and the underlined correct name is inserted! Sorry about that!) Apprentices wear two hats while performing plumbing work
The state Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards in the Department of Workforce Development sets requirements for apprentice's training and administers the indenture system. (Apprentices need to annually renew the
DWD Commerce apprentice registration! Renewal notices are sent to apprentices.) That apprenticeship indenture agreement does not do away with the need for an apprentice to maintain their plumbing registration with the Safety and Buildings Division of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The law [Chapter 145.06(1)(a)] says: "No person may act as a plumbing apprentice or pipe layer unless registered with the department." For info contact the S&B Credentialing Unit, 608-261-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Rules headed to legislature that lengthen some credential terms and create a commercial plumbing inspector license
Miscellaneous code revisions to Comm 5, the Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Code, were expected to be forwarded to the legislature for committee review. The expectation was as of the printing deadline of this WCCR in early December. One of the revisions standardizes many Safety and Buildings Division credential terms at four years, where there previously had been terms of 1-3 years. Exceptions to the change of term are credential lengths set by statute (law) rather than code. Those terms not lengthening include plumbers, sprinkler installers, dwelling contractors, and petroleum tank credentials. Fees and continuing education responsibilities are not increased, but will be adjusted to fit the new terms (if the rule revisions pass legislative scrutiny and are adopted by the Department of Safety and Professional Services). Other notable facets of the code package are new rules requiring certification of inspectors or supervisors responsible for inspection of plumbing installations within first, second, and third class cities. The rules allow master and journeyman plumbers to be certified as commercial plumbing inspectors without examination. A copy of the proposed rules, including an analysis summarizing the revisions, can be viewed online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivCodeDevelopment.html.
9. Plumbing Learner competency exams are discontinued
Competency exams for plumbing learners are no longer mandated by the Safety and Buildings Division. The competency exams until recently have been given by S&B staff or through tech schools. The material previously covered in the comptency exams will be part of the journeyman-restricted exams. In order to take those journeyman-restricted exams, learners will still need to complete course work and complete at least one thousand hours of experience, as required by Comm 5.94, Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Code. For more information about plumbing learner or other plumbing credentials, contact the S&B Credentialing Unit, 608-261-8500, email@example.com.
10. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite
Q&A's on the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code sections noted below have recently been added to http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html.
-- Comm 64.0403 Car Washes
-- IBC 903.2, IBC 905.1, Comm 61.03 (10), Comm 61.03 (6) Automatic sprinkler and standpipe system triggers (These section references are all related to one Q&A.)
11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see a recent WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. You may order a paper subscription (12 months) to the WCCR by sending $20 to the Safety and Buildings Division, Audrey Fries, PO Box 2658, Madison, WI 53701. See WCCR online.
12. The Wisconsin Plumbing Products Register will no longer be printed for paper distribution
The Wisconsin Plumbing Products Register will no longer be printed for paper distribution.
The few people who held subscriptions will have their money refunded. The printed copies began to cost far more than the subscription price. The Register is free online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PubsPlumbing ProductsRegister.html.
13. Meneguin returns from active duty
Dan Meneguin has returned from active military duty to serve as the Safety and Buildings Division section chief for elevator and electrical programs. Meneguin spent two years as a master sergeant and deputy fire chief of the Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing. In support of Operation Noble Eagle, Homeland Defense, he was stationed at Madison's Truax Field and was at times temporarily deployed to locations worldwide, instructing and evaluating military fire departments on wartime firefighting operational skills, preparedness for weapons of mass destruction, and dealing with the terrorist threat.
14. Inspector districts changed
Due to a retirement, the districts for a group of Safety and Buildings Division inspectors have changed. The Occupational Safety Inspectors, who also serve as Amusement Ride and Ski Lift Inspectors, have newly assigned counties. A map of the districts is online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivContacts.html. There is also a list on that WebSite page of Wisconsin's counties and the assigned inspectors for all S&B programs. A paper copy of the map is also available from Todd Taylor, S&B Communications, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov, 608-267-3606.
15. Wieser POWTS Continuing Ed
*January 29, 2004, Maiden Rock Wieser Concrete Products
*February 24, 2004, Portage Wieser Concrete Products
*March 17, 2004, Spooner Northwest Sports Center
*March 31, 2004, Fond du Lac Wieser Concrete Products
Call Wayne, 800-641-5937, for pre-registration, all classes 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Includes Lunch.
6 hours credit to POWTS INSP, MP, MPRS, JP, JPRS, CST, POWTS MAINT
16. Recent Commercial Buildings Material Evaluations
-- 200306-I Revised (Replaces 980008-I) Insulation Panels, Energy Panel Structures
-- 200323-H Waste Oil-Fired Unit Heater and Furnace, Reznor
-- 200324-H Waste Oil-Fired Hot Water Boiler, Reznor
-- 200327-H Reznor VR Series Models: VR 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 &200, Reznor
-- 200325-O Watchdog Waterproofing, Tremco Barriers Solutions
-- 200326-O Sturdy-Brace Intermediate Wall Sheathing, Knight Celotex See online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsXProductE.html
19. Plumbing information in a Q&A format, organized by code section is on the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingDatabaseReport.html
20. Fax or email technical code questions:
- Building and plumbing products 608-283-7407 firstname.lastname@example.org - Commercial buildings, Comm 61-65 608-283-7402 email@example.com - Electrical 608-283-7418 firstname.lastname@example.org - Fire protection systems 608-283-7405 email@example.com - Licenses, certifications, registrations 608-283-7400 firstname.lastname@example.org - Manufactured/mobile homes 608-283-7401 email@example.com - One- and Two-family Dwelling Code 608-283-7428 firstname.lastname@example.org - Plumbing, cross connection 608-283-7403 email@example.com - Private onsite wastewater treatment 608-283-7404 firstname.lastname@example.org - Public Sector Safety 608-283-7419 email@example.com - Public swimming pools 608-283-7406 firstname.lastname@example.org
21. You will find the S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialExams.html
22. 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, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCertifiedMunicipalities.html.
23. You may check the status of a credential on the S&B WebSite,
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialStatusCheck.html. 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.
24. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivCodesListing.html. 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.
25. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html
26. Contact information for plan review
To schedule an appointment (commercial/multifamily buildings or plumbing):
+S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivScheduling.html
+FAX: 24 hr. toll-free number for appointment scheduling, 877-840-9172
+E-mail: email@example.com For plan review application forms:
+On the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html
+Call any of the offices. Info about next available review appointment:
+ http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivDailyDoc.html Info about status of plan review:
27. Paper subscription for the WCCR ____ Yes, I wish a subscription for mail delivery of a year's Wisconsin Construction Codes Report, paper edition. This offer begins with the July, 2003 edition. WCCR One year for $20. Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________ City, State, Zip _________________________________ Fiscal code 8035. Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law, s. 1504(1)(m)] Mail check for $20 to: Safety and Buildings Division, Audrey Fries, PO Box 2689, Madison WI 53701
28. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report
The WCCR is a monthly publication of the Safety and Buildings Division, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. For a year's mail-delivery paper 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. Links --
County Web sites || City/Town/Village Web sites || State Portal || Licensing and Permitting || Build Your Business Email this page's manager, Todd Taylor, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov or 608-267-3606 The Department of Safety and Professional Services Safety and Buildings Division is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. If you need assistance to access services or need material in an alternate format, please contact us, 608-266-3151, TTY 608-264-8777, or Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov