MFBO issues strong opposition
Curtis Meskus, Certified Building Commissioner for a Town, and currently the President of the MFBO (Massachusetts Federation of Building Officials) issued a letter commenting on some of the proposed code requirements for the 9th edition. Their position states they are against certain 3 proposed changes to the Mass building code. Stretch Energy Code, Solar Ready Roofs and Electric Vehicle Charging. You can read the full letter here.
9th Edition News
The public hearing for the Energy code was held June 14, 2016 the testimony was split between those for the amendments and those against. Anyone who wants to be heard on the matter can submit a written public comment to The Department of Public Safety, One Ashburton Place, Room 1301, Boston, MA, 02108, attention Stephen Carley. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 PM on June 28, 2016.
The proposed changes to the regulations at this time amend Chapters 13, 51, and 115.AA to the latest IECC 2015 and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 energy standards to lower consumption requirements, modernize building envelope, ventilation, insulation systems and other measures, and promote cost savings for builders, owners, and residents through offsets and improved efficiency.
The proposed changes spoken of can be download here:
- CHAPTER 13.00: Energy Efficiency (PDF)
- CHAPTER 51.00: Massachusetts Residential Code (Chapter 11 and Appendix U) (PDF)
- APPENDIX 115.AA: Stretch Energy Code (PDF)
It is not known at this time when the 9th edition will take effect.