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Notes from July 19, 2017 BSA Codes Committee Meeting

Codes Committee News
BSA CODES COMMITTEE OF THE BOSTON SOIETY OF ARCHITECTS
CO-CHAIRS: G. DRAKE JACOBS, AIA; ANDREW KOLLAR, AIA; TARICA LESKIW, AIA
Notes from 7/19/17 BSA Codes Committee Meeting
John Nunnari, Exec. Dir. AIA MA
(as recorded by Lawrence Schwirian AIA)
Legislation
1. Interior Design Issue: IIDA New England and MA Chapter of ASID (interior design
organizations) are pressing for legislation to allow interior designers to be licensed; they
want to be able to stamp drawings.
· Most of the construction industry opposes the bill.
2. Building Code Coordinating Council (BCCC) Bill – Article 87:
· Governor Baker supports bill and it should pass.
· Next Step is to move all 13 agencies into one facility.
· There would be one secretariat to oversee all codes.
· The goal is to streamline the permitting process.
Regulatory
3. 9th Edition of MA State Building Code: Proposed July 1st effective date did not occur as
planned.
· Current thinking is that the new effective date will be approx. 8/28.
· Fire Service wants to look further into the recent fire in the 24 story building in
London and see whether further updates to the testing required by NFPA 285 should
be revised.
o BBRS next meets on August 8th to discuss DFS concerns related to London fire.
· Regardless of effective date, the concurrency period for the 9th Edition has not
changed and is still January 1, 2018.
4. MAAB Bill
· As a requirement toward having the 521 CMR deemed “substantially equivalent”
with ADA/ADDAG standards, the MAAB supports legislation which would expand
the scope of 521CMR to include not only public buildings but also all private
workspaces.
· Governor Baker has indicated he will not sign the bill until the MAAB’s prescribed
30% threshold issue has been reviewed and reworked to address the inherent
inequities in building assessments across the Commonwealth.
5. Plumbing Code: Eventually the revised Plumbing Code will go through the BCCC
· Plumbing Fixture Count: Currently there is a disconnect between how plumbing
fixture count is calculated in the MA Plumbing and the MA 780 CMR building code.
Miscellaneous
6. New IT Secretary: Governor Baker has a new IT secretary whose function it will be to
coordinate all the websites of the various state agencies.