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Plumbing and POWTS Continuing Education;
2. Wisconsin Enrolled Commercial Building Code Order Form;
3. Plan review scheduling simplified for HVAC designers;
4. Electrical Q&A;
5. Elevator "topics of interest" is subject of article;
6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training;
7. Experimental blackwater reuse systems are an option;
8. Reminder: Refrigeration code changes November 1;
9. Robbins, Meyer, and Buschke retire;
10. Items added to Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite;
11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see the October 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. Recently approved building material evaluations;
13. Schmitt Safety continuing education, online or correspondence;
14. "Can this waste discharge to the sanitary system?";
15. Apprentices, take notice. No plumbing in Wisconsin without the proper license or registration!;
16. Fees lowered for 2004 manufactured/mobile home title processing;
17. Don't be surprised by a community well setback;
18. Two Uniform Dwelling Code, Comm 20-25, information memos have been prepared;
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.
  1. Choose this image to go back to the top.   2. 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: ___________________________________________________________ Special instructions, such as shipping company and your 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. Plan review scheduling simplified for HVAC designers
At the suggestion of plan review customers, the Safety and buildings Division has decided it will be more efficient for HVAC designers if, when scheduling an appointment, they did not have to provide building data that would already be in the S&B computer system.
An ad hoc group of S&B staff and some plan review customers met to discuss the review appointment scheduling process. It was decided that S&B will directly address the paperwork with the next update of our plan review application form. Until it is clearly spelled out on the form, the division will use the following procedure. If the HVAC designer can provide the building approval transaction number when scheduling, they will not need to provide the following information:
- Application box #2 - Occupancy Type
- Application box #3 - Construction Information
- Application box #4 - Site information (Exception: If there are multiple buildings on the transaction, which building(s) are being submitted must be identified.)
Note that in the Customer area: Only the HVAC designer and supervising professional (if changed) will be needed. If you have questions, please contact Mary Jacobson, Customer Service Section Chief, 608-266-8456, mjacobson@commerce.state.wi.us. Choose this image to go back to the top.   4. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact one of the S&B Electrical Consultants.
Question: Did they change the requirement for ground-fault protection of receptacles that are installed within six feet of a water outlet in a residence?
Answer: The 1993 NEC required ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection for receptacles serving countertop surfaces within six feet of a wet bar or kitchen sink. The 6-foot measurement at kitchen sinks was removed in the 1996 NEC, leaving a requirement that all receptacles serving kitchen countertops have GFCI protection. Section 210.8(A) is very specific as to where GFCI protection is required in dwellings. Comm 16.20(2)(e) adopting the 2002 NEC requires that all receptacles serving countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink in a dwelling unit be provided with GFCI protection.
Question: I hung fluorescent fixtures from jack chain supported by three-quarter inch electrical metallic tubing. The EMT is not being used as a raceway. It is used solely for the support of the fixture. The EMT is fastened at each end to the top of bar joists using drive-on "Caddy" hangers. Fixture weight is less than six pounds and the EMT supports are less than 60 inches long. Is there a code violation here?
Answer: No, the installation complies with the NEC requirement for secure support of luminaires and lampholders found in Section 410.15(a). The electrical metallic tubing is used for secure mechanical support and it appears that you are following Section 410.14(A) for the support of luminaires independent of the outlet box.
  5. Elevator "topics of interest" is subject of article;
An article discussing topics of interest related to building design for new elevators is available.
Written by Brian Rausch, S&B Elevator Code Consultant and Plan Reviewer, the piece offers special points about a number of important elevator topics.   6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training Choose this image to go back to the top.   7. Experimental blackwater reuse systems are an option
The Aquamake wastewater recycling system was approved by the Safety and Buildings Division for experimental installation in Wisconsin.
There are strict stipulations regulating the installation and monitoring of up to 25 units approved by S&B for Environmental Plumbing Solutions of Milwaukee. The December WCCR will have an in-depth look at the approval, and wastewater reuse. If you have questions on the subject, contact Glen Schlueter, S&B plumbing product consultant, 608-267-1401, gschlueter@commerce.state.wi.us.   8. Reminder: Refrigeration code changes November 1
Changes to Comm 45, Mechanical Refrigeration administrative code, went into effect November 1, 2003, notably with the adoption of the International Mechanical Code (IMC-2000), ASHRAE 15-1994, and IIAR-2 1999 International Standards.
For more information, see article in the September WCCR , or on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-RefrigerationSystemsProgram.html.   9. Robbins, Meyer, and Buschke retire
Roger Robbins, Richard Meyer, and Jon Buschke retired from state service with the Safety and Buildings Division in early October.
Robbins was an elevator inspector, Meyer the supervisor of the Commerce Department's code development unit, and Buschke a building plan reviewer. As a 33-year veteran of the division, Meyer was one of the division's longest serving staff, while Buschke had 24 years, and Robbins 17. Choose this image to go back to the top.   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.
IBC 2902.1 and Table 2902.1 Child day care facility washing arrangements Comm 62.1403(1) and Comm 62.0202(1)(a) Air retarder/ air barrier   11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see the October 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. Recently approved building material evaluations
200317-A 8-Unit, 2-Story Apartment Module Egress Layout, Toonen Companies.
200315-G (Replaces 200109-G) Pyroscat Fire Barrier Insulation Systems, Vesuvius. (Evaluation letters are available on the S&B WebSite,
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsXProductE.html, or contact Margaret Slusser, mslusser@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-261-6546.)
Choose this image to go back to the top.   13. Schmitt Safety continuing education, online or correspondence
If you don't want to travel to find continued education credits, you can take classes right from your home. Either online or correspondence.
• Take approved classes when you want - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. • Self-paced courses - with guided learning - and instructor. Start and stop as often as needed. • For online course, no software to install or run. • If you wish, no computer is required. Correspondence course materials can be mailed to you. Contact us today for info about our low fees and about how easy it is to not have to travel. Schmitt Safety Consulting, Kevin Schmitt
Web site: www.schmittsafety.com
Email: ssc@schmittsafety.com
Phone 920-901-6000, Fax 920-682-8311
  14. "Can this waste discharge to the sanitary system? " That's a question that S&B plumbing staff hear regularly
By Jim Miller, S&B Section Chief, jhmiller@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-266-8072
Comm 82.30 sets forth the requirements for the design and installation of sanitary drain systems. With few exceptions, all fixtures listed in Comm Table 82.30-1 must discharge to the sanitary drain system. Question: Can storm water be discharged to the sanitary system? If so, how much?
The answer is storm water cannot be sent to the sanitary system (unless it is allowed per 82.38).
Well, if I cannot discharge storm water to the sanitary system, how about clear water? If so, how much?
The answer to this is found in Comm 82.36 (3)(a), "Clear water may be discharged to a sanitary drain system which connects to a publicly-owned treatment works, if the clear water discharge from the building is not more than 50 gallons per day."
So, clear water such as condensate from cooling coils or air conditioners may be directed to the sanitary system, but not more than mentioned above. Remember that the wastewater treatment facility has to properly treat all water sent its way. The more water it treats, the more it costs the bill payer. Reducing the flow to these plants allow them to keep functioning without adding onto to the facility, which helps dictate the size of your sewer bill. If you have questions on what can or cannot go to the sanitary or storm sewer system, contact a plumbing plan reviewer. Choose this image to go back to the top.   15. Apprentices, take notice. No plumbing in Wisconsin without the proper license or registration!
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 apprentice registration!) 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, madisoncred@commerce.state.wi.us.   16. Fees lowered for 2004 manufactured/mobile home title processing
A $9 natural resources fee for processing manufactured/mobile home title certificates will be discontinued on Dec. 31, 2003.
The new, lower 2004 S&B fees will be:
- Title (original and transfer) Fee - $16
- Title Replacement Fee - $ 8
- Surviving Spouse Title Fee - $ 8.50
- Loan Filing Fee (each) - $4
New application forms will be on the S&B WebSite after January 1, 2004, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html. If you need other manufactured/mobile home assistance, call 608-264-9596.   17. Don't be surprised by a community well setback
by Roman Kaminski, S&B POWTS Program Manager, rkaminski@commerce.state.wi.us, 715-345-5334
Some private onsite wastewater treatment system installers have been surprised to find out that the dispersal cells they were installing were judged too close to a well.
The installers hadn't realized that the well they had identified and measured from served a Community Water System as is defined in NR 811, Department of Natural Resources code ("Requirements of Operation and Design of a Community Water System"). A portion of the NR811 requirements addresses horizontal setback distances from wells that serve community systems to various potential sources of contamination such as POWTS. A community water system is defined as a public water system that serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents. Any water system serving seven or more homes, 10 or more mobile homes, 10 or more apartment units or 10 or more condominium units is a community system. NR 811.16(4)(d)3 lists as 400 feet the horizontal setback between a well serving a community water system and a "septic tank or soil adsorption unit receiving less than 8,000 gallons per day." If the "septic tank or soil adsorption unit" receives 8,000 gallons per day or more, the distance is 1,000 feet. Comm Table 83.43-1 of the POWTS Code lists horizontal setback distances and includes a reference to NR 811 and NR 812. The reason for that is that both of these code chapters contain a variety of setback distances in addition to the traditional 50 feet that used to be listed in previous versions of Comm 83. POWTS designers and installers must make sure that they identify any wells on the property where a POWTS is proposed to be installed, as well as on surrounding properties. However, also remember to inquire as to the type of well that to determine the appropriate horizontal setback. Choose this image to go back to the top.   18. Two Uniform Dwelling Code, Comm 20-25, information memos have been prepared by Larry Swaziek, S&B UDC Program Manager, Lswaziek@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-267-7701. The memos relate to Comm 21.03(1)(h), Exits from a Small Dwelling, and Comm 21.12, Finished Grade Slope. The memos are online, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-OneAndTwoFamilyProgram.html, or can be obtained from Todd Taylor, S&B Communications Specialist, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov, 608-267-3606.   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:
- Commercial buildings, Comm 61-65 ,608-283-7402, bldgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Fire protection systems , 608-283-7405, fireprotech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Plumbing, cross connection, 608-283-7403, plbgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Private onsite wastewater treatment, 608-283-7404, powtstech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Public swimming pools, 608-283-7406, pooltech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Building and plumbing products, 608-283-7407, productech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Licenses, certifications, registrations, 608-283-7400, madisoncred@commerce.state.wi.us
- Manufactured/mobile homes, 608-283-7401, manf-homes@commerce.state.wi.us
- One- and Two-family Dwelling Code, no fax, udctech@commerce.state.wi.us
  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. Choose this image to go back to the top.   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: planschedule@commerce.state.wi.us
For plan review application forms:
+On the S&B WebSite (choose "Forms" on left of screen): 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:
+ http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivReviewStatusSearch.html
  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
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  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. WCCR on the WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivPublications.html.
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