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

Minutes: July 11th, 2013
Meeting at Iowa Department of Public Safety


Introductions and Roll call:

President Brita called the meeting to order at approximately 9:00AM and welcomed everyone to the Iowa Department Public Safety Building.

Board members present were Brita Van Horne, Mike Pardekooper and Cody Christensen; absent were Adam Fedders, Roger Schemmel and Tom Palmer. Adam arrived at 9:10AM. A count of more than 15 members was taken which determined there was a quorum.

Approval of March 14th meeting minutes; Cody mentioned he was not present at the meeting but later rechecking confirmed he was present. Moved by Dennis Jordison to approve the minutes and seconded by Jared Ruby. Motion passed.

Correspondence and Board Reports.

Rita read a letter from New Jersey Building official Association request for financial help with the ICC Annual Conference. Rita stated the IABO chapter had contributed $500.00 in previous years. There was discussion regarding if chapter funds were available and if we did this each year. Motion was made to contribute $500.00 to New Jersey Building Officials Association for the ABM by Mike Pardekooper and seconded by Steve Richardson. No discussion, Motion passed.

Rita read a letter from the group that puts on the Meet and Greet that is supported by members and chapters. This is a chance at the ABM to meet candidates and listen to short presentations. Some of the organizing members are from New York, North Dakota and the Minnesota AMBO. There was a question regarding current treasure balance. A motion was made to contribute $500.00 to the ABM Meet and Greet by Steve Richardson and seconded by Denny Burnholtz, no discussion, motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s report

Adam handed out copies. Balance of $41,671.05 with $5,225.00 to be held for the November education event. Motion made to approve the July treasure’s report by Dennis Jordison, seconded by Duane Neff, no discussion, motion passed unanimously.

State Building Code Bureau

Brian Bishop stated there have been reassignments within the department with the electrical inspectors. Brian Young is now the Executive Secretary to the Board and also the Chief Electrical Inspector; Dwight Kramer is the Field Inspection Supervisor. Pat Merrick, Pat Hansen and Chuck Carpenter have been assigned as Electrical Inspectors. Building Inspectors will now be performing inspections to grant all occupancies other than health care. Code adoptions are going slower than anticipated. May get notices out by August or September. Building Code Bureau is working with IDPH for the Mechanical Code adoption and amendments. The Iowa Fire Marshall is trying to break the Stop Drop and Roll world record at Iowa Speedway on September 8th. Brian Bishop introduced Brian Young who stated the certifications of local jurisdictions will not be required to be sent in the State and will be only needed to be recorded at the City or Local level and will be investigated only if there is a complaint, contact Brian Young with questions. City Inspectors will be required to be certified within twelve months after January 1st 2014 or deadline of January 1, 2015. If there is a new hire, they will have 12 months to get certified. Commercial and residential certifications will be honored according to the inspections performed.

Dave Ruffcorn discussed the 2013 IECC workgroup and input from several organizations such as Code Officials and Mechanical Contractors with four basic amendments: 1. Deleted the exterior foam requirement; 2. Relaxed the air changes per hour to 5 instead of 7, which is similar to Illinois and Minnesota; 3. Clarified how to insulate basements walls which spells out that fiberglass is not to be placed against the basement foundation wall; 4. Seal and test return air plenums rather that require them to be ducted. Workgroup did not have any amendments for the commercial portion. Anticipate this to be advertised in August and adopted in March 2014.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Ken Sharp spoke regarding the work with Public Safety and the International Mechanical Code adoption with a proposed draft late this year or early next year. Last week the notice was sent out regarding State plumbing code adoption with a hearing set for July 17th. Rules will be similar as before such as the IPC fixture count tables. The Board website will have all dates listed. Software changes will need to be addressed regarding licensing by July 1, 2014. Each City will be required to submit a link for Plumbing and Mechanical requirements to be posted by local jurisdictions and also on the IDPH website. Regarding SF 427 and the adoption of the Mechanical or Plumbing code within six months is not realistic and likely will not happen within that time frame. There was discussion regarding Fuel Gas code adoption. Adoption of the IMC will be within around 12 months.

Committee Reports

Legislative – No report. Later Steve Richardson expressed concerns with the State code adoption timing.

Education Committee – Cody described the Electrical Training in November 4th – 8th, the group from Colorado will be giving the exam certification training. There are nine signed up and need 20 signed up by July 26th or can sign up after that date direct with Construction Exam Center on the website. Cody is also looking at another training session this fall such as an update course. The committee may look at options for two day class seminar this fall. Cody also spoke with Pearson View and can setup a group reservation of four or more to ensure a test time.

Code Development Committee – no report

Program Committee: Next meeting in September will be in Fort Dodge with a gypsum board plant tour.

Endorsement Committee: Have not met but will make recommendation for next meeting.

Membership Committee – no report

Nominating Committee – no report

Audit Committee - no report

Scholarship Committee – No report but reminded to get applications in early for timely review.

Region III   – Brian Bishop, Adam Fedders and Rita Van Horne are on Region III board.

Break: 9:55

Regional Reports:

Region III Report

Dues will be paid as we participate in Region III. Region III is looking for members to participate with the Code Development, Education and Public Relations Committees. Rick Parrino offered to participate with the Education Committee. Steve Richardson will be willing to work with the Code Development. Adam mentioned the Region III/AMBO Education event in February 2014.

ICC: No Report

Eastern Iowa: No report

Central – MICCC

Cody Christensen reported the last meeting discussion regarding 2012 IRC floor joist protection requirement and the City of Des Moines movement forward with the language as written where as other local jurisdiction have deleted that section.

Old Business

ABM Shirts – Jeff Junker states order in 3 weeks with IABO to purchase for attending members and hand out at next meeting. IABO will purchase the shirts for ABM attending

Draft Curtains: Steve Richardson asked for input on code interpretations for the installations of draft curtains instead of solid framed wall to eliminate the smoke and heat vent requirements for buildings > 50,000 square feet. Members were generally open to the concept.

ISO: Larry Gift, his last day of work is tomorrow and will be retiring. Larry was impressed with Iowa as it was the only state with no communities declining to participate in the program. Larry introduced Rick Fay as his replacement.

Website: Cody and Mike have had some discussions with website vendors. Initial fee for setup as $1,500 and $1,200 annual maintenance fees once developed. The question was asked of the group if we wanted to peruse a professional website vendor. Motion was made by Steve Richardson to spend up to $3,000 on website development and maintenance and seconded by Larry Gift, Motion passed unanimously.

Open discussion: Rick Parrino had question regarding AIBD education and seminars regarding drawing expectations and better quality plans. Example was the standard details that were added with the brace wall requirements. General consensus was that a getting AIBD, AIA and IABO together for a general work session would be good.

Presentation: Rich Bolten and Eric Neddermeyer gave a presentation on mobile, manufactured and modular homes.

Meeting Adjourned 12:20
Minutes respectfully submitted by IABO Secretary Roger Schemmel with the help of Cody Christensen.


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, CHAIRMAN
Jeff Junker City of Ankeny
Steve Richardson McKeon Door Company
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Cody Christensen, City of Des Moines
Education Committee 
Eastern Iowa 
Duncan McCallum, City of Cedar Rapids 
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
Code Development Committee 
Jack Swarm,  City of Mount Pleasant
Tim Crabb, East Central Intergovernmental Assoc.
Patrick Parsley, City of Hiawatha
Ron Hoover,
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, City of Pella - CHAIRMAN
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
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

updated 5-29-2018


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