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New England Codes

7th Edition of 780 CMR

The 7th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code (780 CMR) was released on September 1st 2008, and must be used for all projects with permit dates of March 1st 2009 or later.  Here’s where to get your copy ($50 + shipping for hard copy in binder + CD): Order from the State Bookstore online:  […]

New Requirements for Nightclubs in Massachusetts

In the Good Old Days when I was a more frequent nightclub visitor, I remember trying to exit through a club’s main entrance at closing time and encountering a locked door. The manager had locked the door to prevent more people from coming in. The vestibule was dark, and the dark bronze storefront door had […]

Continuing Ed

Last week I conducted a 3-hour class for the New England Chapter of the Door & Hardware Institute.  The class is available to any hardware suppliers, architects, or end users in New England who need to understand code requirements related to doors and hardware, including recent changes to the Massachusetts State Building Code, and the 2006 […]

Code Update – Vermont

The new Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code went into effect on June 15, 2009.  The new code references the 2006 edition of the International Building Code, and the 2006 edition of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code.  You can access the new code on the Department of Public Safety / Division of Fire […]

Code Update: Connecticut

Just a reminder that the 2009 amendments to the 2005 Connecticut State Building Code and the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code went into effect on August 1, 2009.  Connecticut will continue to use the 2003 International Building Code as the basis for their state codes. Click here to access the 2009 amendments. Here’s where to find […]

Glass Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, one of our specwriters called to ask me this question and I knew the answer immediately.  Then…hmmm…I thought about it, and talked to myself for a while as he sat on the other end of the phone waiting for both of my selves to come to an agreement. It was […]

Mass Code Update

At next month’s meeting of the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), I’ll be doing an update on the 7th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code.  The presentation should be about 45 minutes + time for questions, so relatively painless, and the food is GREAT!  If you’d like to attend and you’re […]

Massachusetts 780 CMR – 8th Edition

Considering that it took 11 years to go from the 6th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code to the 7th edition, I was surprised when I learned that the 8th edition is due out the beginning of 2010.  It is based on the 2009 edition of the International Building Code, which references the 2007 […]

Mass. Building Code – 8th Edition

I posted a while back about the proposed 8th edition of 780 CMR, the Massachusetts State Building Code.  The link that I had provided to the proposed code stopped working, but the information is now available online, including a read-only link to the 2009 IBC, the proposed Massachusetts addendums, and the comments and proposals from […]

Massachusetts 8th Edition Approved

The 8th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR becomes effective on August 6, 2010.  From August 6th, 2010, to February 6th, 2011, there will be a concurrency period during which the 7th or 8th edition requirements can be followed, and after February 6th, 2011, the 8th edition must be used. The 8th […]

2009 IBC / 8th Edition Mass Code

If you missed the New England Chapter DHI meeting last week…a Q&A presentation on codes, the question/answer document and the handout are now available on the chapter website.  You can download them here:  Q&A Document / Handout You also missed out on some great examples of why fire doors and egress doors should be inspected annually!    […]

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