Massachusetts Approves Stretch Energy Code
Massachusetts announced that a code change proposal relating to energy conservation was approved by the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS) at the May 12, 2009 meeting and will become an appendix to the MA State Building Code (780 CMR) on or about August 1, 2009.  It is based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2009.


This appendix may be adopted by any municipality in the commonwealth, by decision of its governing body. In a city having a Plan D or Plan E charter the governing body shall be the city manager and the city council, and in any other city the mayor and city council. In towns the governing body shall be the board of selectmen. In order to be adopted, the appendix must be considered at an appropriate municipal public hearing, subject to the municipality’s existing public notice provisions. If adopted by a municipality this appendix rather than 780 CMR 13, 34, 61, or 93, as applicable, shall govern.


Also at the May 12 meeting a concurrency period and a training policy were approved. Concurrency period is a period when either the new code or the existing code can be used but not comingled. The BBRS approved a concurrency period of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months, with such period to begin on either January 1 or July 1 of any year. In addition a town or city which adopts the appendix must provide training to the building official.  If you have comment or questions on this subject please forward them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it