MA Contractors: BBRS Interpretation Change

..... The Massachusetts DPS just announced a change in interpretation of BBRS Interpretation No.2015_01: Utility-sponsored and/or other-provided minor energy efficiency upgrades to existing 1-4 unit homes (Enacted 11/10/2015) has been rescinded by the BBRS, effective 04/12/2016, pending further review. Until further notice a permit is required for all insulation work (other than ordinary repairs), to be issued by the Building Official. Click here to see a screen shot of the announcement LeadSMART received via email. Stay healthy, [...]

2016-04-28T15:00:47-04:00April 22nd, 2016|BBRS|

Updates to Draft 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code APPROVED

That's right! For you folks who work in Massachusetts, the final draft of the Massachusetts Building Code, 9th Edition was approved by BBRS on January 12, 2016. The final draft is under review by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and, when the review is completed, a public hearing will be scheduled. In the meantime, BBRS is accepting written comments before, during, and after the public hearing. Review the code, get familiar with it, and submit [...]

2016-01-27T15:36:34-04:00February 2nd, 2016|9th Edition, BBRS|

It’s Almost Here — the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code

Recently approved by the BBRS (the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations & Standards), the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code (780 CMR) is nearing completion. These changes are based on the International Code Council (ICC) published 2015 I-Codes. Expected to become effective early 2016, it’s important to know that unlike past updates, there will be not be a “concurrency period.” What, exactly, does that mean? Well, generally, when the State of Massachusetts updates its building code, [...]

2015-11-02T10:29:51-04:00August 26th, 2015|9th Edition, BBRS, MA Building Code|