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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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Committee Chairs
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.

Upcoming Events

June 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Code Thresholds and Triggers in Existing Buildings

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 of interest to Owners, Developers, Architects, and Engineers. Topics include the status of Codes by Boards that oversee areas of building construction and coordination of codes (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
Code Thresholds and Triggers in Existing Buildings
Guest Speaker: Paul Moan, Fire Protection Engineer, Code Red Consultants

For this fifth session of the 2018 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations, Engineer Paul Moan of Code Red Consultants will focus on when the scope of work in an existing building can trigger more extensive work. 
Paul’s presentation will allow participants to recognize various code thresholds and implications to an existing building in the context of their project, allowing for early planning and proactive capture of the scope and time associated with necessary upgrades. Content will be presented in two main parts, with the first being a detailed discussion of code thresholds and triggers, and the second exploring the impact of the code thresholds on several case studies, including lessons learned.

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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Updates

Here is the PDF from our May 2018 presentation on firestopping by Chris Allington (Hilti), Chris Lynch (Code Red Consultants...
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.

Past Events

January 31, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Update: Adoption of the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code is Now Official

For this opening session of the 2018 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations, Cosentini Associates’ Bob Leber and Rocky Edwards will highlight key features of the MSB 9th Ed./ IBC 2015 and update their presentation from January 2016.

Discussion will include code changes between the 2009 and 2015 IBC editions; modifications to Use and Occupancy and Special Use and Occupancy requirements, changes to fire protection and egress requirements, membrane penetrations, added references to NFPA Standards and the current Massachusetts amendments. They will also identify changes to the Existing Building Requirements and the Energy Code. The presentation includes numerous illustrations, examples and applications.

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

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January 17, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

*This meeting has been postponed. The new date is on Wednesday, January 31.*

Update: Adoption of the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code is Now Official

For this opening session of the 2018 Codes Committee’s annual cycle of code presentations, Cosentini Associates’ Bob Leber and Rocky Edwards will highlight key features of the MSB 9th Ed./ IBC 2015 and update their presentation from January 2016.

Discussion will include code changes between the 2009 and 2015 IBC editions; modifications to Use and Occupancy and Special Use and Occupancy requirements, changes to fire protection and egress requirements, membrane penetrations, added references to NFPA Standards and the current Massachusetts amendments. They will also identify changes to the Existing Building Requirements and the Energy Code. The presentation includes numerous illustrations, examples and applications.

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

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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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