Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Refresher

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Course Overview

Mark your calendars to attend this event from February 28-March 2, 2022 in Madison, WI at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. The full daily schedule with topics and speakers is listed below in the "Outline" section of this page.

What is the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Refresher?

This annual event has been a valuable forum for professionals from many disciplines since its inception. Get current information to understand and use the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code in your work. This conference will be beneficial to architects, engineers, trade professionals, inspectors, and many others who use the Commercial Building Code in their careers.

Stay Current on the Codes

Learn best practices for implementing the Commercial Building Code on your projects! Wisconsin is currently using the 2015 International Building Codes, with amendments. Learn from nationally-recognized International Code Council (ICC) instructors about the 2015 codes and hear expert advice from Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services staff that will improve your buildings and help make your plan submittal reviews smooth and successful. 

Who Should Attend?

This refresher is designed specifically for people who design, construct, maintain or inspect commercial buildings in Wisconsin. Attendees include:

  • Architects
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Builders
  • Code officials

Additional Information

Save When You Register for Multiple Days

This year's daily session topics and speakers are now posted below! Choose the days and sessions that best fit your needs. This year, you can enroll in 1 day for $295, 2 days for $495, or all 3 days for $695—a savings of $190. This year's conference will take place in person from February 28-March 1, 2022 in Madison WI at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. Hotel room block rates will be $89 (Clarion) or $109 (Holiday Inn Express) per night.

Choose and Move Between Sessions

When you register, you’ll be asked to select the breakout sessions you plan to attend. What if you change your mind later? No problem—you can move between sessions to maximize your learning.  Not sure which sessions to attend?  Read brief session descriptions here.

Conference Website

When you register, we’ll email you a link to set up your access to the conference website. Download conference materials, print your certificate, view agendas and speaker biographies, and more. Presentation handouts will be posted to the website during the week before the conference in a printable PDF format. Printed presentations will not be provided at the conference. Note: Please be sure to register with an email address that you use regularly. If you set up a UW "NetID" login name for the conference last year, or for any other past online UW course, you can reuse the same NetID for this year.

Attend the Ethics Session Monday or Tuesday

Need to meet your two-hour ethics requirement for PE license renewal? You’ll have two opportunities to attend the next ethics workshop on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Note: You must sign in at the workshop in-person to receive credit.

Earn Continuing Education Credits (CEU, PDH, AIA)

Earn 6 professional development hours (PDH), 0.6 continuing education units (CEU), or 6 AIA Learning Units (LU/HSW) for each day that you attend—up to a maximum of 18 PDH, 1.8 CEU, 18 LU/HSW. Your certificate, which will show your hours, can be printed from the conference website at the end of each day you attend. The conference is approved for 6 WI DSPS hours for Commercial Building Inspector licenses each day (a total of 18 for all three days).  The following WI trades licenses are also approved for 6 hours on Wednesday only: Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor License, Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor-Maintenance Registration, Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Tester Certification, Journeyman Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter License.

Course Outline

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MONDAY, February 28

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Announcements

Joy Altwies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Session A: Healthcare Facilities (9:00 AM to Noon, continues after lunch)

David Soens, WI Department of Health Services (DHS)

  • Session B: DSPS Administrative Update (9:00 AM to 10:45)

Jack Miller, WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS)

  • Session C: 2015 IBC Mixed Occupancies (9:00 AM to Noon)

Roger Axel, International Code Council (ICC)

  • Session D: Plan Review Insider (11:00 AM to Noon)

Jennifer Zettler, WI DSPS

12:00 Lunch in the Main Hall

1:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Session E: Healthcare Facilities continued (1 to 4 PM)

David Soens, WI DHS

  • Session F: IBC 1008 Emergency Lighting (1 to 2:15 PM)

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session G: Multifamily Housing Overview (1 to 2:15 PM) 

Jennifer Zettler, WI DSPS

  • Session H: IBC Chapter 29 Toilet Training, Sinks, and Lavs (2:30 to 4 PM)

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session I: Professional Ethics (2:30 to 4:30 PM)

Laura Grossenbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a special opportunity to meet the two-hour ethics requirement for state P.E. license renewal.  Attendees must sign in at the session in-person to receive their certificate (provided after attendance is recorded). This session will be repeated on Tuesday.

 

TUESDAY, March 1 

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Announcements

Joy Altwies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Session J: 2015 IECC Commercial Requirements for Mechanical and Envelope w/ Wisconsin Amendments (9:00 AM to Noon)

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session K: eSLA Do's and Don'ts (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM)

Jack Miller, WI DSPS

  • Session L: COMCheck Envelope Compliance (10:45 to Noon) 

Jennifer Zettler, WI DSPS

12:00 Lunch in the Main Hall

1:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Session M: 2015 IECC Commercial Requirements for Mechanical and Envelope w/ Wisconsin Amendments, plus Q&A (updated! Now 1 to 2:15 PM): this session is a continuation of the morning session J

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session N: 2015 IBC Use of Fire and Smoke Separations (updated! Now 1 to 4 PM)

Roger Axel, International Code Council

  • Session O: Professional Ethics (2:30 to 4:30 PM)

Laura Grossenbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a special opportunity to meet the 2-hour Ethics requirement for state P.E. license renewal.  Attendees must sign-in at the session in person to receive their certificate (provided after attendance is recorded).  This session is repeated from Monday.

 

WEDNESDAY, March 2 

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Announcements

Joy Altwies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

9:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Session P: 2015 Overview of the IMC w/ Wisconsin Amendments, Part 1 (9:00 to Noon)

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session Q: 2015 International Fire Code Essentials - Hazardous Materials  (9:00 to Noon)

Roger Axel, International Code Council

12:00 Lunch in the Main Hall

1:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Session R: 2015 Overview of the IMC w/ Wisconsin Amendments, Part 2 (1 to 4 PM)

Randall Dahmen, WI DSPS

  • Session S: 2015 IFC High-Piled Combustible Storage (1 to 4 PM)

Roger Axel, International Code Council

 

Updated: 2/9/22

Instructors

Joy Altwies

Joy Altwies, PhD, PE, LEED AP+, is a program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs. Since 2004, Dr. Altwies has developed and taught continuing education courses emphasizing high performance building design and construction, mechanical system design and operation, energy efficiency, and commissioning.  She is also program director of the Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) degree program and an instructor of two graduate courses in the program.

Roger Axel

Roger Axel is a retired building official with 12 years of construction experience as a self-employed contractor, 30 years of code administration experience (10 years building inspector, 5 years plans examiner, 15 years building official) including single and multi-family residential, educational, industrial, business and mercantile occupancies, including the Mall of America. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from the University of Minnesota and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Building Inspection Technology from Inver Hills Community College. He was a State of Minnesota Certified Building Official and holds multiple International Code Council Certifications. His roles have included: ICC instructor; instructor for Housing and Building Inspection Institute at UW-Madison College of Engineering; instructor for MN Licensed Residential Contractor continuing education seminars; past Chairman, and Executive Officer of the Association of MN Building Officials.

Randall Dahmen

Randall R. Dahmen, PE, is an advanced engineering consultant in the Division of Industry Services (formally the Division of Safety and Buildings) of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. A Wisconsin registered professional engineer as well as licensed commercial building and UDC HVAC inspector, Dahmen has been employed by the Division since 1995. Prior to that he was a private sector project engineer involved in the design, fabrication, testing, field installation, and troubleshooting of various types of HVAC equipment. Dahmen was a finalist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jeffrey Johnson Award for his energy conservation efforts.

Laura Grossenbacher

Laura Grossenbacher, PhD, is the Director of the Technical Communication Program in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching courses in engineering communication for over twenty years. Dr. Grossenbacher has been an active member of the Association for Practical and Profession Ethics, serving as a judge at the National Ethics Bowl Intercollegiate Competition for several years. She has served a three-year rotation as an NSF proposal reviewer for the Ethics in Engineering and Science Education panel, and actively develops cases for her undergraduate capstone course, Contemporary Issues in International Engineering.

Jack Miller

Mr. Miller graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in December 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering – with a structural emphasis.  He previously had worked for Morton Buildings, Inc. submitting plans for almost four years in the engineering & design department.  He has worked as a commercial building plan examiner for the State of Wisconsin since 1989 in the Hayward & La Crosse offices.  He also reviews new products for approval, as well as duties in telephone consultation & BldgTech group e-mail box.

David Soens

Dave is the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' fire authority, physical environment technical consultant, federal surveyor, state building inspector, and liaison to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He previously served as the director of the Department’s state-wide engineering construction and survey team for hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living providers. He continues to serve as an active member of ASHE, NFPA, FGI, and WHEA. A licensed professional as both an engineer and architect, he continues to serve the overall building industry in both the private and public sectors for over 25 years.

Jennifer Zettler

Ms. Zettler graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA and M. Arch. She is a licensed architect in Wisconsin and Minnesota and maintains a LEED-AP certification. Additionally, she is a licensed commercial building inspector and UDC inspector (construction, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing) for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Prior to work with the Department, she was a project architect working in the private sector. Ms. Zettler has been employed by the Division of Industry Services since 2017, starting as a UDC Consultant before transferring to her current role as a commercial building plan reviewer.

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