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16B.617 Energy code rules remain in effect.

(a) Notwithstanding Laws 1999, chapter 135, section 9, Minnesota Rules, chapter 7670, does not expire on April 15, 2000, but remains in effect for residential buildings not covered by Minnesota Rules, chapter 7676. The provisions of Minnesota Rules, chapter 7670, that apply to category 1 buildings govern new, detached single one- and two-family R-3 occupancy residential buildings. All new, detached single one- and two-family R-3 occupancy buildings subject to Minnesota Rules, chapter 7670, submitting an application for a building permit after April 14, 2000, must meet the requirements for category 1 buildings, as set out in Minnesota Rules, chapter 7670.

(b) As an alternative to compliance with paragraph (a), compliance with Minnesota Rules, chapters 7672 and 7674, is optional for a contractor or owner.

(c) The department of administration, building codes and standards division (BCSD), shall issue a report to the legislature by December 1, 2001, addressing the cost benefit, as well as air quality, building durability, moisture, enforcement, enforceability, and liability regarding implementation of Minnesota Rules, chapters 7670, 7672, and 7674. The report must include a feasibility study of establishing new criteria for category 2 detached single one- and two-family R-3 occupancy buildings that are energy efficient, enforceable, and provide sufficient nonmechanical ventilation or permeability for a home to maintain good air quality, building durability, and adequate release of moisture.

(d) This section expires when the commissioner of administration adopts a new energy code in accordance with Laws 2002, chapter 317, section 4.

HIST: 2000 c 407 s 1; 2002 c 317 s 1

* NOTE: The amendment to this section by Laws 2002, chapter *317, section 1, is effective when rules are adopted by the *commissioner of administration containing appropriate provisions *addressing combustion air and make-up air in residential *construction as part of the mechanical code. Laws 2002, chapter *317, section 4.

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