new edition of the MA State Building Code every 3 years. The
primary benefit to this is it would mean far fewer changes per
edition, theoretically making the transition from one edition
to the next simpler and easier for builders, designers, building
officials and the BBRS.
• The BBRS Board seems amenable to adopting Appendix Q
of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) which would
bring forth some building code requirements for “Tiny Houses”.
Tiny Houses are currently not permitted in many communities’
zoning by-laws, but there appears to be some momentum
towards allowing them and when that happens there should
be a section of the building code that addresses them.
The homebuilding and remodeling industry is strongly
represented on the BBRS Board by HBRAMA member Michael
McDowell who continues to be a voice of reason and common
sense. The immediate past chairman of the BBRS Board is
Richard Crowley is also a HBRACM member and has been a
tremendous asset throughout the lengthy process of adopting
a new Building Code. Also, the HBRAMA Energy & Building
Codes Subcommittee is currently chaired by Emerson Clauss III
who is assisted by both member volunteers and staff. We owe
much thanks to all of these dedicated professionals and the
many positive results due to their hard work.
Keep an eye out for further updates and educational
opportunities from your Home Builders & Remodelers
Association to keep you ahead of the latest changes to the
building and energy codes.
Guy Webb is the Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central Massachusetts. He attends all
BBRS meetings to help ensure that the regulations promulgated by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards are fair
and equitable to the builders and the general public.
What do I get for my
Home Builder dues?
In 2018, on an average 2,200 square foot home the efforts of the
Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts have
helped to save you and your customer a potential of over $10,000
additional cost per new home.
Item Minimum Cost
Elimination of Impact Resistant glass $ 4,200
Elimination of electric vehicle charging station 1,200
Elimination of residential sprinkler system 7,500
Elimination of elect. panel requirement for future solar 1,200
Total 2018 potential regulatory savings $14,100