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The Massachusetts Building Code, stretch codes, the International green Construction Code and other regulatory measures are the concern of this BSA advocacy-based group.

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Tarica Leskiw AIA / leskiw@cbtarchitects.com
Andrew Kollar AIA / akollar@fusedstudios.org
G. Drake Jacobs AIA / djacobs@ceoexpress.com
The Codes Committee is part of the Public Policy Commission.

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Codes Committee News BSA CODES COMMITTEE OF THE BOSTON SOIETY OF ARCHITECTS CO-CHAIRS: G. DRAKE JACOBS, AIA; ANDREW KOLLAR,...
JUNE 21, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - WEDNESDAY Common Code Misinterpretations BSA Space, 290 Congress Street...
MARCH 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - WEDNESDAY An Introduction to the 9th Edition of 780 CMR, the...
FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - WEDNESDAY Codes Committee BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200...
Notes from the 1/18/2017 BSA Codes Committee Meeting
Guest speakers Paul Moan, PE, and Caitlin Gamache, PE, of Code Red Consultants, discuss the High Rise Code...
Discussion of code and technical requirements for building enclosures.
International Building Code - Chapter 7 - Fire and Smoke Protection Guest Speaker, Doug Anderson, Manager of the Code...

Past Events

December 6, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Role of Specifications in Code Compliance

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News
Featured speakers: John Nunnari, Executive Director of AIA/MA 
(when available) John Bennett, State Building Inspector, DPS /BBRS
This is a brief report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending legislation and Building Code / regulatory changes under review by the Governor's Office under Exec Order 562. Topics include the status of Codes by boards that oversee all areas of building construction and the coordination of codes (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
The Role of Specifications in Code Compliance
Guest Speakers: Mark Kalin FAIA, FCSI, LEED, President of Kalin Associates, Inc.
Kevin Hastings, PE, LEED AP, President of Hastings Consulting, Inc. 
This final session of the 2017 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations is also a first for the committee. Preparation of permit documents must specifically record code compliance of the project’s materials and systems. 

Mark and Kevin will discuss how codes are referenced and not referenced in specifications and show how ICC-ES reports & industry standards are incorporated in Specifications. They will also explain the division of responsibility between owner and design in project manuals.
One very hot topic included in this presentation is how 9th Edition changes specs based on NFPA 285 compliance.

As a complement to the presentation our speaker will provide a PDF to all attendees who request it.

This meeting may also be attended via video-conferencing – but CEUs are through self-reporting. To join remotely,  go to https://zoom.us/j/4733555948, run Zoom Launcher, and use Meeting ID: 473-355-5948.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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November 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

MSBC 9th Ed. Ch 1 Administration (Replaced by Special MA Version) and Ch 17 Special Inspections

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News
This is a brief report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending bills and Building Code / regulatory changes under review by the Governor's Office under Exec Order 562. Topics include the status of Codes by boards that oversee all areas of building construction and the coordination of the codes of regulations (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
MSBC 9th Ed. Ch 1 Administration and Ch 17 Special Inspections
Guest Speaker: Robert Anderson, Chief of Inspections for Building and Engineering, 
Office of Public Safety & Inspections
This 10th session of the 2017 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations is a first for the committee. Robert Anderson, of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards will be our guest speaker.
Rob will discuss the building permit process, document requirements, & required inspections. He will explain the construction control oversight and document requirements and help us understand special inspection requirements and building code appeal procedures.

This meeting may also be attended via video-conferencing – but CEUs are through self-reporting. To join remotely,  go to https://zoom.us/j/4733555948, run Zoom Launcher, and use Meeting ID: 473-355-5948

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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October 18, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Common Code Requirements for Outdoor Athletic Facilities

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News
This is a brief report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending bills and Building Code / regulatory changes under review by the Governor's Office under Exec Order 562. Topics include the status of Codes by boards that oversee all areas of building construction and the coordination of the codes of regulations (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
Common Code Requirements for Outdoor Athletic Facilities This 9th session of the 2017 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations is a first for the committee. Under the guidance of John Perry and Kathleen Hervol, we will learn about various code considerations related to outdoor athletic facilities. 

This presentation on Outdoor Athletic Facilities will cover MAAB and ADA accessibility requirements, governing dimensional requirements, safety standards, and the MA Plumbing Code. 

This meeting may also be attended via video-conferencing – but CEUs are through self-reporting. To join remotely,  go to https://zoom.us/j/4733555948, run Zoom Launcher, and use Meeting ID: 473-355-5948

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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September 20, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Code Considerations for Tenant Improvements

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News

Featured speakers: John Nunnari, Executive Director of AIA Massachusetts 
(when available) John Bennett, State Building Inspector, DPS /BBRS

This is a report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending bills and Building Code / regulatory changes under review by the Governor's Office under Exec Order 562. Topics include the status of Codes by boards that oversee all areas of building construction and the coordination of the codes of regulations (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation

Code Considerations for Tenant Improvements
Guest Speaker: Don Contois, PE, Associate
Sullivan Code Group

This 8th session of the 2017 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations will revisit the major building code considerations for tenant improvements.
This presentation will cover the applicability of the Existing Building Code (IEBS), required fire separation and fire protection system upgrades, Means of Egress considerations, and applicability of the Architectural Access Code (and ADA). 
As a complement to the presentation our speaker will provide a PDF to all attendees who request it.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

July 19, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Height, Area, and Construction Type

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News

​Featured speakers: John Nunnari, Executive Director of AIA MA and (when available) John Bennett, State Building Inspector, DPS /BBRS

This is a report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending bills and Building Code/regulatory changes under review by the Governor's Office under Exec Order 562. Topics include the legislative status of restructuring the boards that oversee all areas of building construction and the coordination of the codes of regulations (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
Height, Area, and Construction Type
Guest Speakers: Paul Moan, PE, and Corey Fisher, Code Red Consultants, LLC
This 7th session of the Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations will revisit the relationship between the area and height of a building and the different types of construction available to designers.

This presentation will cover the different construction types of the building code, what materials are applicable for each construction type, and special exceptions when certain materials can be used in construction types not otherwise permitted. The presentation will cover Chapter 5 of the IBC relative to allowable height and area, changes to the 2015 IBC height/area tables, and special circumstances that allow for mixed construction types, podium construction, unlimited area buildings, and other special provisions.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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