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Note on your calendars that October 1, 2020, is the hard date for energy code compliance enforcement becoming more robust. All permits pulled on or after October 1 must be accompanied by the energy survey paperwork. Asking for it on the front-end will help reduce calls to the office to amend permits. Please reach out to your subs affected by this requirement, especially those subs who do not utilize technology as part of their daily routine....
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Effective October 1, 2020, permit applicants will be required to submit initial energy code paperwork when applying for permits. This will prevent non-compliance issues related to energy code prior to the final inspection. This needs to be turned in just like the engineered wood affidavit is required....
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There is a silver lining in this dark cloud called COVID-19. While I hate the phrase "new normal," something great has come out of necessity in the last few months. I have seen increased communication between the builder and the inspector. I see trust being given and trust being proven as we rely on alternative methods of inspection. We will reap the benefits of what we have learned during this time to offer even more efficiency once we get through this and we get back to full capacity....
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It seems very few contractors or builders have their own crews that do it all. Those in their upper 40’s and above generally learned under the “old school” method I was taught. That is where the general contractor did almost everything from the concrete to the framing and drywall. I’m not saying the change of how business is done is good or bad in the way we now build a house, but things have definitely changed with the way labor is used....
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I want to start this month’s blog by inviting you to another learning session. The first half of the session will be on fire-stopping and draft stopping. The second half will be open for questions to the senior inspectors for the trades. ...
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This month’s corner brings news of new personnel. In other words, we are hiring additional staff. At the June County Council session, we were granted two positions for ACBD and one for ACCDC, which is the department that sells the parcels that fail to sell at a tax sale...
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It went from winter to mud season quickly this year. The building department statistics show a slight decline in inspections, especially concrete in the month of April. We don’t believe it has anything to do with the economy, but more about the weather. ...
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Winter is surely here! Today as I compose this month’s Commissioner’s Corner, I sit alone in the office at 10:00 a.m. due to the extreme temperatures we have today. Some of my staff has been out assisting local fire departments as we respond to increased fire calls. One thing that this cold weather eliminates is dealing with mud. The reason I bring this up is because we purchased boot covers for all our inspectors...
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As we progress with our remodeling of the Building Department offices, I discovered an entire shelf of scrapbooks from an era before e-mail and digital photos existed. People actually cut out articles and pasted them on hard stock cards using honey colored glue and page protectors. I can’t imagine the amount of time someone put into these...
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I can’t believe I am writing this month’s blog with snow falling outside my office windows. If you are like me, you have that one family member who insists on playing holiday music before the turkey is cold on Thanksgiving. These two things remind me the year is coming to a close, but I want to hold on to certain aspects of 2018 because it was a good year for Allen County builders....
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I see so many good people in the construction industry coming and going from Citizens Square every day. Many of which specialize in a trade such as fire protection and irrigation specialists, steel erectors, pool installers, and insulators. I speak to soil scientists who can look at a plug of dirt and tell you whether it is sufficient to build on or not. All of these tradespeople have their place...
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I would like to start off with some departmental news to share. Assistant Building Commissioner Roger Clark has retired effective August 31st. He declined any type of retirement celebration, so all we can do is wish him well after 21 years of service to Allen County. Plans are underway to post the position in September...
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If April showers aren’t snow showers, it will likely mean that slabs and basements will be popping up all over Allen County signaling another strong year of building. I certainly will miss Maurine’s calls and coordination on projects that promote our local building community. I sure hope someone got her brownie recipe before she left...
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