State: Massachusetts

The New 2023 Massachusetts Electrical Code
March 20, 2023

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations voted to approve the Amendments to 527 CMR 12.00 (Massachusetts Electrical Code based on the 2023 edition of NFPA 70 National Electrical Code). The 2023 Massachusetts Electrical Code is in effect as of February 17, 2023.  See below for a link to the unofficial 2023 Massachusetts Electrical Code: (more…)

Massachusetts BBRS Updates Energy Code
November 6, 2020

Members of the Board of Building Regulations & Standards (BBRS) votes November 7, 2020 as the end of the concurrency period for the Ninth Edition Amendment to the Energy Code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (more…)

Massachusetts Extending The Energy Code Concurrency Period
August 11, 2020

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure Office of Public Safety and Inspections – Memo Released.

At its July 14, 2020 meeting, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) approved the filing of an emergency regulation to extend the concurrency period of the updated energy code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code as amended (Energy Code) from August 7, 2020 to November 7, 2020. (more…)

Massachusetts – Ninth Edition Code Amendments to the Energy Portions effective date
February 18, 2020

The Secretary of State has assigned February 7, 2020, as the effective date for the adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with Massachusetts amendments. In updating the 9th edition energy code, the BBRS actions included granting time to adjust to the updated code. For this reason, the BBRS voted that building permit applicants can elect to utilize the energy code provision in the 2015 IECC along with the Massachusetts amendments until August 7, 2020, at which time this option will conclude. (more…)

Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit
January 31, 2020

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Massachusetts Commonwealth – Manufactured Buildings Director & Code Development Manager
October 2, 2018
On September 6th, Mr. Daniel P. Walsh was hired to fill the position of Manufactured Buildings Director & Code Development Manager. See letter below on full announcement.
The Office of Public Safety & Inspections (OPSI) is pleased to announce that, on September 6th, Mr. Daniel P. Walsh was hired to fill the position of Manufactured Buildings Director & Code Development Manager.


Habitable Attic Egress Requirements
July 3, 2018

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)