All of us at Mass Nail It wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
As you know the Commonwealth passed legislation back in 2008 which requires the BBRS to adopt the latest IECC ( international energy conservation code ) within one year that the ICC adopts such code. We currently are in the 2015 IECC with 9th edition amendments and the deadline is fast approaching for the BBRS to adopt the 2018 IECC by July 1, 2018. For those who are following along, the adoption process opens up the addition of amendments specifically to Massachusetts ( proposed amendments ) in which the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources ( DOER ) is on the ball making Massachusetts the cutting edge state of energy code mandates above the ICC. During the December 11th BBRS meeting many amendments to the energy code 2018 were proposed with many proponents of special interest groups attesting to the reason why we here in Massachusetts should accept these changes and be the leader in energy mandates that exceed the ICC mandate. The only group that opposed the presentation by the DOER was the homebuilders association. I applaud the efforts of Guy Web as he went up to the podium to explain the impact of all these mandates above the ICC the only way to slow down the process here in our state is to show up at the BBRS meeting and express your opinions or opposition or even if your in favor the sad reality is no one from the private sector hardly ever does. The BBRS took under advisement all the testimony and will make the decision of the adoption process very soon. I advise everyone in the industry to pay close attention to the final adoption process so that you will understand the changes before you apply for a building permit. Here is the web address https://mail.google.com/mail/u/2?ui=2&ik=abf6bf62e6&attid=0.1.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1619029127923798133&th=1677f269f2e89075&view=att&disp=inline to view all of what the December 11th meeting agenda was on, take the time to look the proposals over especially the electric vehicle charging stations in all one and two family new garages. It will impact the cost of construction here is the next meeting date and location.
This is a reminder that the BBRS will meet next on January 8, 2019 @ the Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 in Boston, beginning @ 10:00 a.m.
Among other things, Board members will discuss adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as required by Massachusetts General Law c143, §94(o).