Meeting on March 14, 2013

Linn County Public Service Building, Cedar Rapids, IA

Roll Call:

The meeting was called to order at 9:03 AM with a welcome from President Brita Van Horne. Roll Call was read indicating four board members present and 21 members and guests signing in.

Approval of Jan Minutes:

Moved by Dennis Jordison and seconded by Steve Richardson to approve the January Minutes including amending the title from 2012 to 2013. Motion passed unanimously.


Brita stated Communications have been distributed by email.

Treasures Report:

Treasure Mike Pardekooper reports on January 10th we had a balance of $34,352.30, deposits were $2,931.20, and expenditures were $2,800.71, with a resulting balance of $34,482.79. Chapter shirts are an expected expense to still be received. Moved by Dennis Jordison and seconded by Steve Richardson to approve the Treasures Report as read.  Motion passed unanimously.

State Building Code:

Brian Bishop mentioned on April 11th there will be a proclamation signing of building safety month by Governor Brandstad in Governor’s  Office.  

Legislation - There are a lot of bills regarding building regulations and licensing.  HS 259 & 542 removes much authority away from electrical board and gives to State Fire Marshall’s Office. Also has some content regarding effect of local adoption of Electrical Code. SF 366 & SF 49 deals with radon controls in residential construction, was introduced last year and there is support for IRC Appendix wording.  SF 281 now SF 381 involves window safety and the bill only deals with MF window guards for state funded units and hotels.

The State is progressing with the 2012 Codes and starting to develop process this spring with a six month review time ending with a 1/1/2014 effective date. Discussions will be in April, then will get an Intent of Action filed. Governor must also have approval. There were discussions if a City could adopt more stringent version of NEC code. Brian had no real feel where the bill is heading. Steve Richards mentioned to contact Bill Dotzler of Waterloo to keep eye on it.

Iowa Department of Public Health:

Ken Sharp with IDPH spoke about SSB 1190 & HSB 189 regarding section 7 and the adoption of most current UPC and IMC. Now it is SF427 with amendments. Discussed the licensing provisions, board has until July 2014 to get in place and get the contractor licensing going. By then will roll out a common renewal date for all holders and also pursuing the Contractor Registration as be part of the application.  There was much discussion regarding the state wide legislation adoption of the UPC and IMC and how it affects the local communities. Senator Daniels is running the bill and then it will go to the House and has strong support as drafted. There was much discussion regarding if a printed published code can be automatically adopted without previous review and bypassing any home rule.  Question was how can a law be written which vendor must be used for an adopted code.  Comment: Can a new code truly be reviewed and get plan reviewers and inspectors up speed within six months of publication. Point was made to put together talking points sheet regarding the local aspect of adoption.  Everyone was emailed the link to their legislators so make contact with them if you have issues with the bills. Jeff Junker stated it’s a rash decision to adopt a code carte blanche without knowing or reviewing what is in the book first.  Brian Bishop stated the 2012 Energy code is also being considered as part of the Codes adopted for the Jan 1 2014 adoption.  Ken Sharp mentioned the group must talk with legislators in the next few days, not weeks, if we want to make a point.  Also, the Plumbing Board is in the process of developing a Notice Of Action for adoption for the 2012 UPC.

Education Committee:

Dave Churchill: Very few requested the ICC Electrical training and schedule is at least 60 days out. There were 15 requesting the CEC test group, but need 20 and that schedule is at least 90 days out. Two members had requested the IAEI training.

Eastern Iowa report

 Ron Hoover anticipates some UL training that covers Chapter 7 for fire resistive construction. An email will be sent out to the members.

Scholarship Committee: No report

Program Committee:

Roger stated next chapter Meeting to be in Winterset and Griptight will give presentation with possible tour.

Guest Speaker: was not present

Region III Report:

Jeff Junker and Jeff Haden and Dave Churchill are stepping aside. Adam Fedders and Brita Van Horne have filled two spots with Adam as 2nd vice president.  Region III is a five state region and has one major event each year in February.  Steve Richardson volunteered for third open position and will get letter of support from his Employer.

ICC Report:

Bob Neal brought up CDP Access and how to access the hearings via computer and with the 2018 code cycle we will be able to vote from home during 2015. A beta version will be with 2014 IGCC. Several steps and developments will be required and were discussed. Remember May is Building safety month. Ron brought up ICC has several Committees that have openings and any member can fill out an application. Code Hearings are in late April in Dallas Texas with final Action hearings in Atlantic City, NJ. Iowa has submitted along with two other states to host the ABM in 2017. Pay it forward money from IABO to Region III then goes to the hosting chapter of ABM.

Eastern Iowa: No report

Central Iowa: No report

Draft travel policy: Was discussed for clarification.

Chapter Pins for Atlantic City:

Ron Hoover lead discussion. We have had pins before, some being multi part series pins that assembled to shape of Iowa. It would be apx. $600.00 per state for 500 chips per state of the Region. Might be more if just Iowa were to setup. Moved by David Churchill and seconded by Steve Richardson to allow up to $750.00 for chips either with the Region or by Iowa Chapter alone. Motion passed.

 IABO Web Site:

Ron Hoover states Website is back online. The domain name was not renewed and was lost for a while. Mike Pardekooper discussed some options that were looked at by him and Cody. That system had approximately $1,500.00 in setup cost. Also we could add event manager for educational or training and membership management for membership lists.  There also was approximately $75.00 every other month maintenance and $5 or $10 per month for hosting.  Existing web site can work, we just need editing software to have access and editing rights. We will try this process for a period and see how that works.

UL bus trip to Chicago:

It had low interest and is on hold for now.


Next year EduCode in Las Vegas will be March 14, 2014.


Motion was made by Dennis Jordison and seconded by David Churchill to adjourn. All those standing were in favor. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned 11:20am.

The membership then toured the Cedar Rapids Convention Center.

Minutes respectfully prepared by Roger Schemmel, IABO Secretary

May 9, 2013

Winterset Public Library

Introductions and Roll call:

The meeting was called to order at 9:02 by Vice President Dave Churchill. Board members present were Cody Christensen, Roger Schemmel, Mike Pardekooper and Dave Churchill. President Brita VanHorne and Tom Palmer were absent. A count of 15 members was taken which determines there is a quorum.

Approval of March Minutes:

A motion to approve as written made by Jeff Junker and seconded by Adam Fedders

Vote: Unanimous pass


Correspondence Received:  No hard copies to receive; Email items were forwarded to the members.

Treasures Report:
Treasure Mike Pardekooper reported at the last meeting there was a balance of  $34,482.79 with  $1,405.80 in deposits  and expenditures  of $123.81 for the Month. Current balance is $35,764.78

Motion by Denny Bernholtz and second by Dennis Jordison to approve the May Treasures Report. Motion carried 

State Building Code Report

Brian Bishop stated there are not many items while the session is winding down. Biggest item is SF 427, the Plumbing and Mechanical Bill which was signed April 26th into law. Code adoptions for the State are be finalizing with suggestions. Have received Energy code suggestions and will start the rules process for Energy Code adoption. That is last piece to be reviewed for all the codes. Proposal to Building Advisor Council meeting in June to review and ok and expect it will go forward.

Regarding other legislation, the SF 427 is only one passed; Electrical, Radon and others did not make it past the funnel. The Standings Bill does not have surprises or requirements. Brian also stated he was happy to have his office and IABO be part of State signing of Building Safety Month at Governor’s office.

Electrical licensing rules will be changing regarding farm inspections, but will need to rewrite the rules to correct the wording in the next month or so. The intentions are to have the farm rules and inspector rules combined into one change. Clarification: the drop dead date for being certified as an electrical inspector in January 1 2014; with once year grace period once an appointment or designation as inspector is made.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Cindy had two topics. Request from board to attend IABO and IAPMO meeting to clarify when Contractor license is required, board has been asked may times; the contractor license is required now. Currently if there is disciplinary complaint, a letter is sent out alerting them to become licensed, eventually it will be without a letter and there will be a penalty. No date certain, but expect end of year. Contractor license is free until the end of year 2013.

Second item is to discuss Sf 427. Cindy saw the emails with questions regarding IABO efforts, this is the signed copy 4/26/2013. Rules are being developed.  Will have a meeting 5/15/2013 with the industrial partners to review the suggested rules.  Local jurisdiction items are on page 3 and 4 and talks about code & ordinance adoption and getting the info to the department for the website. These are new items with no details at this time. The signed copy of SF 427 is on IDPH website.

Committee Reports
Legislative Committee:  No report, session is over, done for now.

Education Committee: Report by Cody there were emails sent regarding the week long electrical training course. Got 22 confirmed so far.  Looking at October at this time but will be looking at a hard date. There are two ways for payment; one is before July 1and then after to allow for budgets. We need 50% of fees 90 days before the education date. Once received then we will know it is a go and will get a firm date. Cody will follow up with email soon. Question from member: If signed up for an electrical class, but pass the examination on my own before, can I choose a different class? There likely is some flexibility of classes and schedules. They do not give the test, they are training only.  They require you to take test within a short time to get the guarantee. NOTE: Schedule in advance to reserve a test time as spaces will fill fast.


Cody starting to do email correspondence.  Getting ideas of things that committee could do and be viable for membership such as code changes or code proposals or interpretations. Jeff Junker added that Region III is active in similar topics and proposals.


Next meeting is July 11th at IDPS with Brian Bishops and staff speakers regarding mobile homes.


Roger reported that Britta had received some letters and is collecting them to digest all at one time with the members allowing  some time for review.


Mike P. no activity


Nothing to audit.


No report, it was not put together in time to send to colleges; need to be put together and in the hands of councilor’s by the first of the year.


Bob Hendrix reports there is some activity: David Churchill is steping aside; so a recommendation  that Cody be nominated to 1st Vise President,  Mike Pardecooper be nominated  to 2nd Vice President, and  Adam Fedders be nominated as Treasure.  Then nominate Brian Bishop to the Region III Board. Past protocol of IABO board positions is that each would advance. Normally this nomination work is done in July or August but Dave C states his work load has increased to a level that he did not want to do a half… job.  Dave Churchill asked for any other nominations from the floor for IABO Board or Region III.  Motion to accept the Nominating committee nominations to the IABO Board, moved by Jeff Junker second by Denny Bernholtz. Call for Vote: Passed unanimously.

Motion for nomination of Brian Bishop to the Region III position; moved  by Deny Bernholtz seconded by Dennis Jordison ; motion passed.


Reconvened at 10:02

Region III report:

Adam Fedders will take comments and will pass on for training next year. Session will be Feb 3-7 2014 at Oakridge near Minneapolis MN. There will be building, plumbing and mechanical classes.

Eastern Iowa

Ron Hoover from Eastern had an IABO Chapter training in Cedar Rapids, good class of 24.


Ron Hoover got back from Dallas hearings; Brita represented IABO and Brian Bishop was with membership council on sustainability.  There are a lot of codes changes with long and many days. Did not hear of any controversial changes but there were a lot of changes. Hearings were on webcast.  Patrick D. was appointed on fire code Committee and represented Iowa well. If you interested in a committee please apply and let Ron know. CDP access is active, for remote voting during the code development process while watching the webcast. Will be using CDP during the Group C code hearings  and access as live action voting. During the 2018 code process the entire process will be available through CDP access. Users will be able to replay proposals and testimony at a later date.

At Atlantic City, awards will be presented for members and chapters. Ron is on committee for review.


Roger, last meetings were attended by manufacture of  I-Joist and flack jacket; it has fire resistant coating with ESR report that replaces the need for drywall on ceiling in unfinished basements.

Also had Zip Board presentation regarding the green coated OSB board with coating that replaces the need for house wrap.



Ron stated got password to Brita for uploading to the web site, for direct input if possible. Cody stated we will try to manage on our own or will go with option to hire individual to do it for use if we run out of time.


Jeff Junker reminded that Shirts will be topic for July meeting. Expect to offer free for those attending the ABM and reduced price for additional shirts.


Bob Hendricks introduced Ross Nickel and Tony Jacobson from Griptite Foundation Repair.

Motion was made by Jeff Junker and seconded by majority to adjourn. All those standing were in favor. Motion passed unanimously.

Minutes respectfully prepared by Roger Schemmel, IABO Secretary


Meetings are held Bi-Monthly on the Second Thursday of the Month.

2017 Committee Member List  
Legislative Committee 
Rod Van Genderen City of West Des Moines
Brian Bishop City of Des Moines
Jeff Junker City of Ankeny
Steve Richardson McKeon Door Company
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Education Committee 
Eastern Iowa 
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Neil Bombei Johnson County
Pat Parsley City of Hiawatha
Central Iowa 
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Bob Hendricks City of Winterset
Rick Parrino Plum Building Systems, LLC
Roger Schemmel City of Urbandale
Denny Bernholtz Safe Building Compliance & Tech.
Code Development Committee 
Jack Swarm  City of Mount Pleasant
Tim Crabb East Central Intergovernmental Assoc.
Patrick Parsley City of Hiawatha
Ron Hoover City of Marion
Ed Higgins City of Boone
Jeff Harden City of Ankeny
Steve Richardson McKeon Door Company
Nominating Committee  
Creston Turnbull City of Coralville
Bob Hendricks City of Winterset
Craig Witry City of Cedar Falls
Endorsement Committee 
Jerry Byers - Chair City of Pella
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Craig Witry City of Cedar Falls
Membership Committee 
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Sean Devlin City of Des Moines
Audit Committee 
Roger Schemmel City of Urbandale
Jeff Junker City of Ankeny
Scholarship Committee 
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Taylor Matteson City of Manchester
Shelly Bernholtz - Chair Safe Building Compliance & Tech.
Jerry Byers City of Pella
Jeff Harden City of Ankeny
Mike Bruce City of Creston
Region III Committee 
Brian Bishop City of Des Moines
Adam Ostert City of Ames
Roger Schemmel City of Urbandale
Program Committee 
Roger Schemmel City of Urbandale
Rick Parrino Plum Building Systems
Denny Bernholtz Safe Building Compliance & Tech.

updated 2-6-2017


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