The Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings: Work Area Method was presented by Greg Metz, a Construction Code Representative at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry on October 11, 2016 and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar. Greg has practiced commercial architecture since 1987 and has been licensed as an architect in Minnesota since 1999.

Seminar description

With the adoption of the 2015 Minnesota state codes, architects have a new code to use for existing buildings. Minnesota has dropped the GREB code (Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings), and adopted the 2012 International Existing Buildings Code (IEBC) with Minnesota amendments, now called the 2015 MN Conservation Code for Existing Buildings. Through this webinar you will learn how to determine the most straight-forward and cost effective compliance path for different renovation, remodeling, and addition projects. Explore and successfully navigate the Work Area Method, the most complex of the three compliance methods within Minnesota Rule 1311. See how the code is applied through a review of case studies.

Learning objectives

  1. Explain how the Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Building compares to the International Existing Building Code.
  2. Evaluate project scope to determine which compliance method within the Minnesota State Building Code is most logically advantageous to the owner.
  3. Analyze work scope of case study projects to determine which Levels of Alteration are applicable within the Work Area Method compliance path.
  4. Apply Work Area Method criteria to case studies including changes in occupancy to higher hazard groups.


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 2.75 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for 2.75 PDH credits for Minnesota licensing.


  1. Complete registration and payment
  2. The link to access the webinar will then be sent to you
  3. View the 3-hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
  4. Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts.

Click here to register.

Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.