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Safety and Buildings Division - Articles from May 2004 Wisconsin Construction Codes Report The new UDC enforcement statewide enforcement has been delayed for some municipalities until January 1, 2005. See UDC Program page for info. You may select the number of article title or scroll down:
1. Comm 5 revisions will lengthen terms of some S&B credentials, make other changes;
2. Special note of Comm 5 plumbing changes;
3. Site Evaluation for Stormwater . . .DNR's new standard and plumbing system requirements;
4. Hearing Notice Plumbing Code, Comm 81-87;
5. Recent Commercial Buildings Material Evaluations;
6. Electrical Q&A;
7. Rental Weatherization Inspector education change Aug.1;
8. Elevator code changes include adoption of recent national standards;
9. New Commercial Building Inspectors districts map;
10. UDC enforcement and inspection featured in newspaper articles;
11. C&I Safety Advertisement
1. Comm 5 revisions will lengthen terms of some S&B credentials, make other changes
Effective August 1, 2004, (with one exception, see article below) administrative rule revisions to Comm 5, Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Code, lengthen to four years the terms of some of the credentials administered by the Safety and Buildings Division. Categories affected include blasting, plumbing, electrical, and inspection. Continuing ed requirements and fees are not increased in the code revisions, but are adjusted to match the new terms. A master electrician who needs 18 hours continuing ed over three years will need 24 hours over four years. The ME $150 license fee for three years will be $200 for four. The revision package was signed April 14, 2004, by Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Cory Nettles. The rules had public hearings last year and were reviewed by standing committees of the state legislature. Aspects of the revisions of particular importance to the plumbing industry are described in Lynita Docken's article below. Other facets of the revisions include:
- New rules inform Dwelling Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Master Electricians, Fire Sprinkler Contractors, HVAC Contractors, HVAC Qualifiers, and Master Plumbers that construction or installation may not commence until required Uniform Dwelling Code building permits or sanitary permits are issued. This is to assist in the statewide UDC enforcement changes.
- Also added is language allowing people holding various credentials to get UDC inspection certifications without examination.
- Rules will allow people to obtain Commercial Building Inspector certification without examination if they hold certain credentials issued by the International Code Council or are a registered architect or engineer.
- Comm 5 will accept someone receiving a Commercial Electrical Inspector certification without examination, if they hold certain certifications issued by several national code programs.
- The continuing education requirement for Rental Weatherization Inspectors will be eliminated. (See more info on this point.)
- The criminal background check procedure for Blasters is revised and the fee adjusted $10 to reflect the cost for the new procedure.
2. Special note of Comm 5 plumbing changes
by Lynita Docken, Safety and Buildings Plumbing Program Manager, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-785-9349 Comm 5 revisions effective August 1, 2004 relate to certain licenses, certifications, and registrations issued by the Safety and Buildings Division. The affect on the plumbing trade will be somewhat different than for some of the other trades. (See article above for other Comm 5 changes.) Note that these changes are not in effect yet; credentials issued or renewed before August 1, 2004 are governed by the current rules. (The creation of the Commercial Plumbing Inspector certification is effective February 1, 2005.) License Terms
Many of the credentials issued by S&B change to 4-year terms to help increase the efficiency of credential processing. The plumbing categories which go to 4-year terms are: Soil Tester, POWTS Maintainer, UDC-Plumbing Inspector, and POWTS inspector. The terms for installation plumbing categories (Master Plumber, Journey- man Plumber, etc.) will not change because those are set by statute (law), rather than by rule. Fees are not increased for any of the plumbing categories. Because fees for 4-year terms will be collected at the time of renewal, rather than for two years, the amount paid at one time increases. Commercial Plumbing Inspector
A Commercial Plumbing Inspector certification is created by the code changes. It will have a 4-year term with a renewal date of June 30. The fee for the certificate will be $7.50 per year or $30 for four years. The Commercial Plumbing Inspector certification will be required for all commercial plumbing inspections in cities of the first, second, or third class. A person holding an MP or JP license can apply for a Commercial Plumbing Inspector certification without taking an exam. Until August 1, 2005, a Uniform Dwelling Code Plumbing Inspector who has evidence of performing at least 50 commercial building inspections and is employed, or under contract, to provide municipal plumbing inspections, can apply for the Commercial Plumbing Inspector certification without taking the exam.
- UDC Inspections: People certified as Commercial Plumbing Inspectors will be authorized to conduct UDC plumbing inspections.
- POWTS Inspectors: Persons will be able to get POWTS Inspector certification without examination if they hold a license as a Master Plumber, Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber-Restricted Service, or Journeyman Plumber-Restricted Service.
- Restricted Service: A new rule expands the scope of activities that a restricted service plumber licensee may perform related to connection of a manufactured/mobile home.
- Out-of-State Licenses: New rules specify the process for applying for a plumber license for a person who holds a license from or has practical experience in another state.
- CCCDT Registration: The number of hours of course work a person must complete before applying for a Cross Connection Control Device Tester registration increases from 32 to 40.
3.Site Evaluation for Stormwater . . .DNR's new standard and plumbing system requirements
by Lynita Docken, Safety and Buildings Plumbing Program Manager, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-785-9349 Nationwide interest in curbing non-point water pollution has led to state and federal efforts to help designers and installers of stormwater systems find the best practices for their work, including for infiltration systems. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently released a voluntary "Site Evaluation Standard (1002)" which applies to stormwater infiltration devices under the DNR jurisdiction. That includes rain gardens, surface infiltration basins, and similar devices. Plumbing infiltration systems installed on private property in connection with buildings are under the jurisdiction of Comm 82.36, "Storm and clear water drain systems," Plumbing Code. Those plumbing infiltration systems are subsurface trenches or beds, and stormwater reuse infiltration systems such as irrigation systems. The plumbing code requirements and the DNR voluntary standards for site evaluations are similar, but there are also some differences. First, the similarities:
* The initial step of the process is an evaluation conducted on the site and soils prior to siting and designing a system.
* A site plan is drawn where the test locations (borings, pits, percolation tests, or double-ring infiltrometer tests) are shown in relation to physical features on the site (wells, steep slopes, wetlands or surface water bodies, existing buildings, etc.).
* A profile description may be used for assigning an hydraulic application rate.
* A soil and site evaluation report is created by a qualified individual.
* Soil profile descriptions are written in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) procedures.
* Well setbacks found in NR 811 and NR 812 must be met.
* Hydraulic load rates are identical for morphological evaluation results. Now, some of the differences:
* Comm 85 requires that a Certified Soil Tester complete the soils evaluation for the plumbing stormwater infiltration system. The DNR standard directs that a licensed Soil Scientist (or other licensed person acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction) conduct the soils evaluation.
* The DNR standard is very specific on what should be done in the initial screening of a site. Plumbing code doesn't address issues like endangered species habitat, closed remediation sites, or infiltration capacity characteristics defined in the NRCS county soil surveys. However, I think these issues are a concern for all installations.
* Where water tests (double-ring infiltrometer or some other test) are conducted, the DNR uses a correction factor based on the variability of the soil five feet beneath the infiltrative surface. So, with a measured infiltration rate of 30 inches per hour and a correction factor of 2.5, the maximum hydraulic application rate permitted would be 12 inches per hour. The plumbing code does not address sizing by use of water tests.
* DNR Table One has specific test criteria for various types of infiltration systems. Table One has direction for the number of tests required, what type of tests (bits, boring, water test, etc.), and when mounding analysis is necessary. The plumbing code allows a CST to delineate the suitable area much like it's currently accepted for POWTS.
* Make note that the depth of suitable soil required for infiltration is handled differently between language currently under discussion for a revised Comm 82.365 (See hearing notice on page 4) and the DNR standard. The site evaluation standard refers to the three and five feet of separation required in NR 151. While the possible Comm 82.365 language has the three and five feet of separation, it might also include a minimum one foot of separation for all infiltration of stormwater. NR 151 requires no separation to groundwater or bedrock for the infiltration of roof runoff. If you have questions concerning the plumbing infiltration requirements, contact me as listed at the start of this article, or plumbing staff members listed here. The DNR contact for their standard is John Pfender at 608-266-9266. The DNR standard can be found online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/wm/nps/stormwater.htm.
4. Hearing Notice Plumbing Code, Comm 81-87
The Department of Safety and Professional Services will hold a public hearing on proposed rules relating to the Uniform State Plumbing Code, chs. Comm 81 to 87 on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at 9:30 a.m. at the Thompson Commerce Bldg., Rm. 3C, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison. Interested persons are invited to appear at the hearing and present comments on the proposed rules. Persons making oral presentations are requested to submit their comments in writing. Persons submitting comments will not receive individual responses. The hearing record on the proposed rulemaking remains open until June 4, 2004, to permit submittal of written comments from persons who are unable to attend a hearing or who wish to supplement testimony offered at a hearing or to: Jean M. MacCubbin, Safety and Buildings Division, P.O. Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689, email firstname.lastname@example.org. These hearings are held in accessible facilities. If you have special needs or circumstances that may make communication or accessibility difficult at the hearing, please call (608) 266-8741 or (608) 264-8777 (TTY) at least 10 days prior to the hearing date. Accommodations such as interpreters, English translators, or materials in audio tape format will, to the fullest extent possible, be made available upon request by a person with a disability. The proposed rules and an analysis of the proposed rules are available free on the Internet at the Safety and Buildings Division web site at http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivCodeDevelopment.html. Paper copies may be obtained without cost from Roberta Ward, Bureau of Program Development P.O. Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689, email@example.com, telephone (608) 266-8741 or (608) 264-8777 (TTY). Copies will also be available at the public hearing.
5. Recent Commercial Buildings Material Evaluations
200403-A 4-Unit, 2-Story Apartment Module Egress Layout, Struc Rite Design
200404-A 8-Unit, 2-Story Apartment Module, With Basement, Egress Layout, Mastercraft Builders
200406-A Alternate Standard Evaluation, Section 716.6.2, International Building Code [IBC] - 2003
200400-I Modular Sandwich Panels for Walk-In-Coolers and Freezers, Carroll Coolers
200007-O (Replaces 940045-O) Interior Finish and Exterior Finish Sto Decocoat and Sto Varilit
200402-R (Replaces 970062-R) Precast Concrete, Insulated Foundation Wall System, Superior Walls See online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsXProductE.html
6. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact the S&B Consultants. Question: Section 426.28 requires ground fault protection of equipment for fixed outdoor electric de-icing and snow-melting, except where the equipment employs mineral-insulated, metal-sheathed cable embedded in a noncombustible medium. Can a Class A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter be used to provide this protection or is Class B required? Answer: Either Class A or B can be used. Section 210.8 (A)(3) or (B) allow the use of a Class A GFCI device for the required protection. UL-listed heat tapes require GFCI protection. Equipment ground fault protection devices are marked with a ground fault pick-up level in milliamperes, and with a voltage and current rating. The ground fault pick-up level is limited to the range of 6 mA to 50 mA. The devices are intended to operate upon a condition of excessive ground fault leakage current from equipment, rather than minimize damage due to arcing faults.
7. Rental Weatherization Inspector education change Aug.1
Comm 5, Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Code, revisions were adopted by the Department of Safety and Professional Services in April, including the elimination of continuing education requirements for Rental Weatherization Inspectors certifications which expire after August 1, 2004. Rental Weatherization Inspectors whose expiration date is June 30, 2004 are still responsible for obtaining six con ed credit hours in order to renew their certification. Even if they were to not renew before August 1, and then decide to pay a late fee in order to renew, the six credit hours will be needed. S&B has a continuing education exam online at the division Continuing Education WebSite page, which, if completed and passed, can provide the six credit hours needed for renewal. For more information, contact the S&B Credentialing Unit, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-261-8500.
8. Elevator code changes include adoption of recent national standards
Effective April 1, Comm 18, Elevator Code, was revised, with adoption of two updated national standards. Adopted were ASME A17.1-2000 edition, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, including requirements for platform lifts and stairway chairlifts, and ASME A18.1a-2001 edition, Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts Because both of the national standards were substantially changed and renumbered from Comm 18's earlier adopted standards, Comm 18 was also completely rewritten and renumbered for consistency. In addition to the editorial changes, there were other important revisions to Comm 18 Following are some of the major items. Visit the S&B Elevator Program WebSite page for more detailed information, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-ElevatorSystemsProgram.html. The changes: *Add an application requirement specifying which parts of the code apply to both new and existing installations.
*Require owners to provide maintenance logs to inspectors upon request.
*Require an annual pressure test for hydraulic elevators installed prior to January 1, 1975 that have below-ground cylinders. If the pressure test or the record of oil usage specified in ASME A17.1 indicate there is an unexplained loss of oil, the hydraulic cylinder must be replaced.
*Increase the maximum allowable travel distance of a platform lift from 12 feet to 14 feet.
*Permit inclined platform lifts that have restraining arms, and also fold up against a wall, to be used as part of an accessible route in existing construction. These types of lifts would only be permitted under certain conditions in new construction, as specified in Comm 62.1109(7), Commercial Building Code, and must not infringe into the minimum means of egress width required as specified in IBC chapter 10. These units are permitted a minimum load capacity of 450 pounds, as opposed to the 750-pound minimum that was in Comm 18.
9. New Commercial Building Inspectors districts map
10. UDC enforcement and inspection featured in newspaper articles
"Builders and building inspectors alike are applauding the end of "the boonies exemption," which allowed small towns and rural townships to skip new-home checks for compliance with Wisconsin's uniform dwelling code. The exception led to about 10,000 homes built annually without oversight, according to estimates from the state Department of Administration." That's a quotation from an April 4, 2004 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Uniform Dwelling Code enforcement in Wisconsin. See the article, "Small, rural municipalities must inspect new homes," online, http://www.jsonline.com/homes/buy/apr04/219274.asp. An April 4, 2004 article by Michele Derus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focuses on inspectors John Tisling and Joel Oesteich of Independent Inspections. See the piece online, "Examining is the foundation of their job," http://www.jsonline.com/homes/buy/apr04/218966.asp 11. C&I Safety Advertisement, on continuing education page
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