REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER
CONFERENCE OF BUILDING OFFICIALS
Minutes of the Meeting of
Wednesday March 6, 2002
1. Call to order
Chris Warrick, County of Mendocino called the meeting was called to order at
12:03 P.M. at Cattleman's Restaurant in Santa Rosa.
2. Self Introductions
Pres. Warrick welcomed 22
members and guests and Bruce Hammond from the Redwood Empire Green Building
3. Approval of Minutes
The minutes were not
contested. Everyone seemed to be satisfied with the current policy of mailing
the minutes and posting them to our web site. (www.reicbo.org)
M/s/Passed to accept the minutes as distributed.
Vice Pres. Fagalde
introduced Bruce Hammond of the Redwood Empire Green Building Council and he
presented a comprehensive program on sustainable building practice and material.
He informed the group on the benefits of high volume fly ash concrete as opposed
to conventional concrete. He spoke of the pound for pound reduction of CO2
emissions using the fly ash concrete. He reported on the approval agencies now
recognized, such as PATH, the Partnership Advancing Technology in Housing, and
LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is the most
accepted testing and approval agency. He explained construction he has had
experience with and the analysis of the structure for over all savings in
production pollution by the use of sustainable materials. He showed the savings
in heating and cooling cost by the use of insulated panels and other types of
construction such as straw bales. He said that if 20 percent of the new houses
in Sonoma County were sustainable, all of the housing stock in Sonoma County
would escalate in value. He brought a large amount of educational material and
actual building materials with him and spoke on the commitment it would take for
the green building concept to take hold in California. Countries around the
world, Canada being one, are reviewing initiatives and adopting policies to
review all building materials for over all energy consumption and pollution in
production and the savings over the life of the product for sustainability and
5. Officers and Committee Reports
Treasurer Willer reported that in the business interest account we have
$1,712.22, in the business money market account we have $2711.92, in the
education account $3625.45 and in the CD account there is $11,181.18.
The secretary reported he bought a new recorder to replace the micro recorder
and wished to be reimbursed for the $42.12 he spent for the equipment. Since the
reimbursement of up to $100.00 was approved at the February meeting, Joe Willer
paid the secretary and Scott Ward, City of Healdsburg, complimented the
secretary for holding the cost down. Once again if your address
information is in error send a correction to
c. Vice President
Vice President Mary Jane Fagalde asked the members to give suggestions for any
educational or informational programs they would like to have presented in the
coming year. The V. P. is scheduling the speakers in the next few weeks.
President Warrick has nothing to report.
e. Executive Committee
Pres. Warrick reported on a letter he wrote to the CALBO committee to elect Doug
Williams as Fire Chief of the Year.
f. Education Committee
Ed Henry, County of Marin reported that there are no educational programs
scheduled. He is researching the courses and seminars offered by various groups
and will present a list of programs by the CTI for the members to indicate what
they prefer for the coming year. If anyone has any suggestions please email them
g. Code Development Committee
Don Morton that a meeting was scheduled immediately following this meeting
and any decisions or suggestions will be made at the next meeting. Larry Jones,
City of Santa Rosa, Joe Willer, City of American Canyon, Cindy Heitzman, City of
St. Helena, and Scott Ward volunteered.
h. ICBO Committee
Nothing to Report.
i. CALBO Liaison
Steve Jensen, County of Marin, reported that the CALBO annual business meeting
is scheduled for March 11-15, at the Double Tree Hotel in Mission Valley near
San Diego, in Southern California.
6. Correspondence and Announcements
Pres. Warrick reported on a letter he received from the Monterey Bay Chapter of
the ICBO requesting a donation for the hosting of the 41st CALBO annual business
meeting February 25-28, 2003. After some discussion, M / s / Passed to donate
$500.00 to the Monterey Bay Chapter. He directed the secretary to respond to the
request and sent the check to the chapter. Cindy Heitzman, City of St. Helena,
reported on the Fire Protection Officers meeting in Santa Rosa.
7. Legislative News
Steve Jensen, County of Marin, reported that a bill is currently being
considered to allow City and Counties to propose amendments to change the
California State Building Standards Code. Additional information shall be
provided in support of the change.
8. Nominating Committee
Cindy Heitzman, City of St. Helena, and Eric Seabrook, The Phillips Group,
are the nominating committee members for the coming year.
9. Old Business
Cindy Heitzman, City of St. Helena, reported on our by law changes.
10. New Business
Nothing to report.
11. Code Issues
Ron Averiette brought a plan showing a townhouses with property lines and
the garages for the townhouses turned 90 degrees and constructed over two of the
units property lines. After a lengthy discussion it was the consensus of the
group that the structure could not be built as submitted.
Scott Ward asked if any jurisdictions were raising their permit fees and
specifically their utility permit fees (water heater, furnace, etc.)? Marin
County Just passed an ordinance raising minimum permit fees to $65.00.
M/s/Passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:29 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Ed Henry