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.

Minutes: September 13th, 2013
Meeting at Fort Dodge Library


Introductions and Roll call:

President Brita called the meeting to order at approximately 9:05AM and welcomed everyone to the Fort Dodge.
Board Members present were Brita Van Horne, Roger Schemmel, Cody Christensen and Adam Fedders. Absent were Mike Pardekooper and Tom Palmer. A count of more than 15 members was taken which determined there was a quorum.

Approval of July meeting minutes
Review minutes of the July 2013 IABO Chapter Meeting. A motion was made by Doug Jordison and seconded by Tim Hennes to approve minutes with only change of correction of spelling of Brita’s name. Motion passed.


- Most correspondence was sent via email to members.
- State Plumbing and Mechanical systems board update was sent by email. Other Commination was an update from Bob Neil regarding development of test for Mechanical Contractor’s License. ICC has helped develop a test and will be administrated at local community colleges.
- Received information and proposal from Web provider and Brita will keep updated.

Treasure’s Report.
Adam Fedders, Treasure reported deposits of $21,080.00 with expenses of $14,206.30 for a Balance of $48,544.75. Adam also reported a large portion is pass thru money for the Exam training. Moved by Tim Hennes and seconded by Dennis Jordison to approve Treasure’s report. Motion passed.

State Building Code Bureau
Brian Bishop reported the 2012 I-codes and the intended action are in the works and get moving in November with final adoption by February or March 2014.

Larry Nobel is new public safety commissioner, is getting in the groove and looking at budgets. Working with State Mechanical and Plumbing board with review and changes to the 2012 IMC; Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board will consider Building Code Bureau changes with least amends possible. The IBC IRC intended actions will be to amend out the sprinkler requirements before adoption. Will be a suggestion is to keep the lightweight provisions in the code as written. At the last Electrical Board meeting there was momentum to continue electrical inspections on farms.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Did not meet – no report

Education – Cody Christensen mentioned IAEI meeting has PV class in October and to offer IABO members. Registration is open on website and will offer CEUs.
Electrical Exam training location has been set at Baymont Inn near Des Moines Airport. Encourage to take test as soon as possible after the training. Cody is also working on January education.

Membership – no report

Scholarship - no report. Need to get application out to colleges.

Program – Ankeny next meeting, speaker not know at this time.

Code Development – IABO may work with Region III to mesh ideas and focus together the efforts then could have more say and input at the national code hearing level.

Endorsement–Tim Hennes reports the committee endorses all candidates that have requested for endorsement. Candidate names are Gilbert Gonzales for section seat, Lynn Underwood running at large seat, and Jim Brown running for at large seat. Alex “Cash” Olszowy is running for Secretary/Treasurer and Allen Boswell is running to retain seat. Motion was made to approve by Dennis Jordison and seconded by Adam Fedders. Motion passed.

Audit– no report

Nomination– Will have Board elections at November meeting so are working on nomination of any open positions.

At the end of committee reports there was an open discussion regarding the timing of State adoption of codes within six months of publication and if the group supports adoption of Standard Codes through out the state at one time. Group agrees that having a Building Code Commissioner would help the unification and perhaps IABO express the concerns and to have IABO Group offer code adoption experience to the State. Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy, and Electrical Codes are each state minimum standard now. There are still open positions on the State Plumbing and Mechanical Systems board and would be good for someone from IABO to be on that board.

Break for 15 minutes.

Region III Report – Group had a teleconference. Still needing person on Education, Code Development and Public Relations Committee so let Brita know if interested and she will forward to Region III board. In February Region III will be having training with schedule on the back of the newsletter.

ICC Report – Ron Hoover brought some books for everyone to review. CDP access is in development and will be available during the ABM hearings. Can also be used for code proposals and collaborate process with other members. Ron is also on the national award committee. Perhaps IABO develop an award for the Building Official of the year.

EAST – no meeting or reports.

MICCC – Last meeting had discussions regarding safety glazing in bathrooms using the 2012 IRC code. Des Moines is in progress in adopting 2012 codes around November.

Old Business - Looking at proposal from vendor for Website update and will report progress at next meeting. ABM shirts were handed out. Poker chips were ordered for the ABM meeting. We might want to get started on a design for the next ABM.

New Business - None

Motion for the meeting to adjourn was made by Cody Christensen and seconded by Tim Hennes. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 10:45

Dennis Jordison then gave directions to CertainTeed Gypsum plant for tour of manufacture of gypsum board.

Respectfully submitted by IABO Secretary Roger Schemmel


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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