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For the past two weeks, members of the Department of Labor & Industry’s Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been meeting to discuss changes to Minnesota’s building codes. BATC-Housing First Minnesota members serve as representatives from the residential construction industry serve on the TAGs for Minnesota’s Residential Building Code, Structural Building Code, Energy Code and Building Code Administration.
The work for these TAGs, as well as for the state’s accessibility code, commercial building code, elevator code, existing building code, fire code, and the mechanical and fuel gas code will continue for the next several weeks. New draft building codes will be prepared this summer and the new codes will work their way through the rulemaking process before taking effect in March 2020.
In addition to the Department of Labor & Industry’s TAG meetings, Governor Dayton’s Housing Affordability Task Force has been meeting to discuss the high cost of housing in the state. Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager for Housing First Minnesota testified on behalf of Minnesota’s housing industry at the Tuesday, January 23, home ownership workgroup meeting.
“Task force members suggested regulatory reform, similar to Housing First Minnesota’s regulatory reform bill, as a possible solution to lowering housing costs,” said Erickson.
Housing First Minnesota has played an active role in task force meetings, including providing research and statistics to the task force.