Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Refresher

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Course Overview

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. Network with colleagues including 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
  • state code officials

Additional Information

Special Features for 2020

  • New ICC sessions, including IBC Accessibility and Usability in both commercial and residential buildings
  • Two opportunities to learn about the SPS 361
  • New session on the “eSLA” 

Click here to learn more about the conference speakers. 

Choose and Move Between Sessions

When you register, you’ll be asked to select the breakout sessions you plan to attend. If you change your mind later? No problem—you can move between sessions to maximize your learning.

Save Money When You Register For All Three Days

Pay $295 for one day, $495 for two, or $695 for all three—a savings of $190. Need to pay using a purchase order (PO)? We can do that—just register by phone at 608-262-2451 (PO payment option not available when registering via web).

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 any other online UW course, you can reuse the same NetID for this year. 

Need 2015 ICC Codebooks? Try paperless!

The 2015 ICC codebooks can be ordered directly from ICC in a variety of formats, including immediate PDF download. You may order the codebooks online. Soft-cover printed books are also available.

Attend the Ethics Session Monday or Wednesday!

Need to meet your ethics requirement for PE license renewal? You’ll have two opportunities to attend the current ethics workshop, Ethics V: Ambiguities, Judgment, and "Moral Outrage". Note: You must sign in at the workshop to receive credit.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

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. 

WI DSPS: The following approvals have been granted for the 2020 conference: Commercial Building Inspectors (6 hours Monday, 6 hours Tuesday, 6 hours Wednesday).

Course Outline

Monday, February 24 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Download the full agenda in pdf format here.

MONDAY, February 24

8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and announcements: Joy Altwies, PhD, PE, Program Director, University of Wisconsin–Madison

9 a.m. Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A: Healthcare Facilities (9 a.m. to noon, continues after lunch)

  • David Soens, PE, RA, Life Safety Engineer, WI Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Director, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS
  • David Lintz, RA, Supervisor, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS
  • Michael Roberts, Supervisor, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS

 Session B: 2015 IBC Accessibility and Usability for Commercial Buildings (9 a.m. to noon)

  •  Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, Senior Staff Architect, International Code Council 

Session C: 2015 IECC in Wisconsin (9 a.m. to Noon)

  • Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

12 p.m. Buffet lunch in the main hall 

1 p.m. Concurrent breakout sessions

Session D: Healthcare Facilities continued (1 to 4 p.m.) 

  • David Soens, PE, RA, Life Safety Engineer, WI Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Director, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS
  • David Lintz, RA, Supervisor, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS
  • Michael Roberts, Supervisor, Office of Plan Review and Inspection, WI DHS

 Session E: Wisconsin SPS 361 (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

  •  Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

This session will be repeated on Wednesday.

Session F: Introduction to eSLA (2:45 to 4 p.m.)

  • WI DSPS staff will provide a live demonstration of the software

Session G: Professional Ethics (2:30 to 4:30 PM)

  • Laura Grossenbacher, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Thomas McGlamery, 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 to receive their certificate (provided after the class). This session will be repeated on Wednesday.

 

TUESDAY, February 25

8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and announcements: Joy Altwies, PhD, PE, Program Director, University of Wisconsin–Madison

9 a.m. Concurrent breakout sessions

Session H: 2015 IMC in Wisconsin Part 1 (9 AM to noon, continues after lunch)

  • Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

Session I: 2015 IBC Accessibility and Usability for Residential Facilities (9 AM to noon)

  •  Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, Senior Staff Architect, International Code Council 

12 p.m. Buffet lunch in the main hall

1 p.m. Concurrent breakout sessions 

 Session J: 2015 IMC in Wisconsin Part 2 (1 to 4 PM, continued from Session H)

  •  Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

 Session K: 2015 IBC Allowable Heights and Areas (1 to 4 PM) 

  • Douglas Thornburg, AIA, CBO, Vice-President and Technical Director of Products and Services, International Code Council  

 

WEDNESDAY, February 26

8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

  •  Joy Altwies, PhD, PE, Program Director, University of Wisconsin–Madison

9 a.m. Concurrent breakout session 

Session L: Wisconsin SPS 361 (9 to 10:30 AM)

  •  Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

This session was also presented Monday.

Session M: 2015 IBC Assembly Means of Egress (9 to noon)

  •  John Gibson,MCP, CBO, CPCA, CFM, Technical Manager/ Education, International Code Council

Session N: Emergency and Egress Lighting (10:45 to noon)

  • Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS
  • Craig Mulder, Engineering Consultant/Electrical Systems, WI DSPS

12 p.m. Buffet lunch in the main hall

1 p.m. Concurrent breakout sessions

Session O: “Toilet Training”, Sinks and Lavs (1 to 2:15 PM)

  •  Randall Dahmen, PE, Commercial Building Plan Reviewer, WI DSPS

Session P: 2015 IBC Significant Changes (1 to 4 PM)

  •  John Gibson, International Code Council

Session Q: Professional Ethics (2:30 to 4:30 PM)

  • Laura Grossenbacher, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Thomas McGlamery, University of Wisconsin–Madison

This is a second opportunity to meet the two-hour ethics requirement for state P.E. license renewal. Attendees must sign in at the session to receive their certificate (provided after the class). This session was also presented Monday. 


Updated 02/03/2020

Instructors

Joy Altwies

Joy Altwies, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP+, is a program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Engineering Professional Development (EPD).

For over 15 years, 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 also develops and teaches graduate courses in the Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) degree program.

Prior to joining the University, Joy worked as a consulting engineer focusing on green building projects and commissioning. She is an active member of ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council. Joy holds a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and earned her Doctorate in Environment and Resources at UW-Madison. Her interdisciplinary research investigated the impact of building energy code policies on technology adoption in the commercial and residential building sectors.

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.

John M. Gibson

John is the Technical Manager/ Education and an Instructor for the International Code Council (ICC). A certified Master Code Professional and Certified Fire Marshal; he has forty- five (45) other certifications, including thirty- six (36) from the ICC. Having earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Delaware, he has also studied Architecture at Georgia Tech and completed courses in Emergency Management and Fire Prevention at the National Emergency Training Center.

Formerly the Director of the Department of Permits and Inspections for Frederick County Maryland, he is an ICC Honorary Member, has served on the ICC- Evaluations Services (ICC- ES) Board of Directors, the ICC Code Correlating Committee, the Board of Directors for BOCA International, Inc., Maryland’s Governor’s Smart Code Strategy Group, Chaired the ICC Board for International Professional Standards and is an Honorary Member and Past President of the Maryland Building Officials Association.

He currently teaches ICC administrative, building, residential, existing building, permit technician, property maintenance, zoning, green building, fire, wildland/urban interface, energy courses, and is a contract instructor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, United States Fire Administration, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD. He received the ICC Educator of the Year award in 2010.

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.

Thomas McGlamery

Tom McGlamery is a faculty associate in the UW College of Engineering’s Technical Communication Program, where for over twenty years he has taught a variety of courses in ethics, writing, presenting, and editing. He has published works on pedagogy and ethics, engineering education, and literary criticism. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Craig Mulder

Craig is an Engineering Consultant/Electrical Systems for the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Prior to joining DSPS he worked for electrical contractors that were involved in industrial, commercial, residential and institutional installations. Craig is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Master Electrician, Commercial Electrical Inspector, UDC Electrical Inspector, and Designer of Engineering Systems (Electrical). He is a member of the IAEI and other local electrical inspector associations throughout Wisconsin. He serves Northeast Wisconsin as the Department electrical consultant.

Branden Piper

Branden is the Field Services Bureau Director for the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services – Division of Industry Services. He currently oversees the Commercial Building Inspection, Public Sector Safety, Amusement Ride, Pressure Vessel, Mech Refrigeration, Gas System, Elevator, Mine/Explosive Safety, and Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment sections.
Branden served 8 years in the Army before pursuing a BS and eventually an MBA at UW Madison. He has previously held management and engineering positions with Charter Communications, Frontier Communications and TDS telecom before accepting his current position with the state.

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