Unable to Renew your CSL due to HIC Registration?

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Some of our customers have contacted us about the state denying their license renewal due to the fact that they didn’t provide a copy of their HIC Registration. The explanation that is given reads: Pursuant to the HIC Act, any contractor who contracts with a homeowner for work exceeding $1,000 to an existing 1-4 family, owner-occupied, primary residence is typically required to be read more →

9th Edition State Building Code & Changes to Continuing Education

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Ninth Edition of the State Building Code (780 CMR)

As you may be aware, the Ninth Edition of the State Building Code (780 CMR) is nearly complete.  The new, Ninth Edition code is based on modified versions of the following 2015 codes as published by the International Code Council (ICC). read more →

9th Edition of the Building Codes coming soon?

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Possible Promulgation July 1, 2017

From Rob Anderson,
The ninth edition amendments are under final, internal legal review. We hope to file with Secretary of State (SEC) shortly. At this point we are not certain if we will meet the July 1st effective date. read more →

Sparks Fly on Electric Vehicle Provision

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MNI Electric Vehicle Provision

Obscure state board split on change in building code

Environmental advocates and many state lawmakers want new homes and commercial buildings to come equipped with the electrical lines needed to hook up electric vehicle chargers. Developers and home builders, however, say customers don’t want electric vehicles, the lines needed to charge them, or the extra costs associated with the lines. read more →

New spending plan may eliminate the Massachusetts Public Safety Department

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BOSTON (SHNS) – Along with a $40.5 billion spending plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed legislation shaking up state government’s organization chart, eliminating the Department of Public Safety, and creating a new office to take over some of its functions. read more →

New Smoke Alarm Regulations When Selling Older Homes

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Mass Nail It Smoke Alarm Regulations

No Expired Alarms; Replacement Alarms Must Have 10-year Batteries

Starting December 1, older one- and two-family homes cannot be sold with expired or out-of-date smoke alarms. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has revised the State Fire Code to require that one- and two-family homes built before 1975 must have working smoke alarms that have not expired. read more →

Foam Plastic Insulation Fire Barrier Requirements

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MNI - Foam Insulation Fire Requirements

Technical Bulletin

Topic: Fire Barrier Requirements for 2 Part Foam Plastic Insulation and Rigid Foam Board Insulation

The increased use of foam plastic insulation in CSG’s Home Performance programs makes it necessary to clarify what types of fire barriers are needed to cover this material, as required by code.  Code requirements for fire barriers fall into three categories: Not required, thermal barrier and ignition barrier.  read more →

Amendments to 780 CMR Energy Provisions

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Effective August 12, 2016

On June 14, 2016, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (“Board”) held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the current, Eighth Edition of 780 CMR (the building code) concerning energy standards. Specifically, the Board solicited feedback and took testimony on amendments to 780 CMR 13 (commercial energy efficiency standards), section 11 of 780 CMR 51 (residential energy standards), and 780 CMR 115 Appendix AA (Stretch Energy Code). The Board and Department of Public Safety (“Department”) also took feedback from the public and stakeholders in writing until June 28, 2016. read more →

Be Smart… DigSafe

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9th Edition News & MFBO position

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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. read more →