STATE BOARD OF BUILDING REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
S:\BBR\BBRS\AGENDA\2011 Agenda\12_December\BBRS Minutes December 13, 2011
A public hearing and meeting of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) was held at 12 p.m.
on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in the Gardner Auditorium, State House, Boston, MA 02108.
Brian Gale (BG), Chair– Building Official from a Town
Alexander MacLeod (SM), Vice-Chair - Registered Architect
Rob Anderson (RA) -Chief of Inspections- Buildings
Richard Crowley (RC) -Building Trades
Kevin Gallagher (KG) -Head of a Local Fire Department
Jerry Ludwig (JL) -Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical)
Gary Moccia (GM), - Registered Professional Engineer (Structural)
Douglas Semple (DS) -Building Official from a City
Stanley Shuman (SS) -General Contractor of Commercial/Industrial Buildings
Harry Smith (HS) -One- and Two-Family Homebuilders
Timothee Rodrique (TR) – Designees for Stephen Coan, State Fire Marshal, DFS
Tom Riley (TMR) and Mike Guigli (MSG), Don Finocchio (DF), and Todd Grossman from DPS were present as
well as others as indicated on the attendance sheet, which is on file at the Board. These minutes contain some
record of discussion but essentially just motions*, seconds, votes, and actions. Documents that were either
viewed or discussed at this meeting are listed below this table of minutes.
*Motion, Second, All (if unanimous BBRS vote)
BG called the meeting to order, asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Worcester fire
fighters Jon Davies, who was killed and Brian Carroll, who was injured in a recent fire, and then
proceeded to open the Public Hearing. He provided some general guidelines to those providing
testimony. Public testimony was provided first on the Stretch Sprinkler Code. Abundant testimony,
both pro and con, was received on this proposal. Testimony was then opened to all proposals noted in
the file ‘Code Change Proposal Summary for BBRS Public Hearing December 13.doc’. Detail of
testimony is not provided in these minutes. However, the public hearing was recorded and is
available via a public records request through DPS. After testimony was finished the BBRS approved
an open public comment period until January 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (TR, DS, All). The earliest the BBRS
will consider for vote any proposal just heard, is at the January 10, 2012 meeting and the BBRS has up
to 90 day to take action. BG then closed the public hearing at about 1:58 p.m.
Old Business (OB)
After a short recess BG called the regular BBRS meeting to order. 2:11
OB #1 BBRS approved the November 8, 2011 meeting minutes.’ (HS, DS, All) 2:12
OB #2 Action Items from Previous BBRS Meetings:
d. BBRS reviewed the FPFP recommendation to have Louise Vera, Hal Cutler, and Dave Duval sit on
the smoke detector task group with Jeff Putnam and Dave Leblanc as alternates. BG made these
e. BBRS voted to table a vote on the Q&A discussion with Signature Builders and PFS until Steve
Kennealy provides to the BBRS a summary of events and any actions NH has taken against
Signature Builders. (TR, HS, All), 2:15.
a. After consideration of a proposal recommended by FPFP to clarify exception 1 for monitoring of
smoke alarms the BBRS approved ‘2012_01_907.6.5_monitoring_smoke_alarms_haagensen.doc’ for
promulgation. (DS, TR, All). 2:18
b. After a short discussion on the portable fire extinguishers code change proposal
‘2011_05_05_906_Portable_Fire_Extinguishers_Duval.doc’ the BBRS chose to consider this proposal,
and others just heard at public hearing, for vote at the January 10, 2012 meeting.
c. Staff presented the BBRS with its intent to target May 8, 2012 as the next public hearing and that
any new proposals need to be available for a promulgation vote at the February 14, 2012 BBR meeting.
d. After some discussion Staff noted that the emergency amendment to change the implementation
date to May 1, 2012 for Temporary Overnight Shelters was approved and will be filed by Staff.
Additionally, GM noted that he believes some of the technical requirements found in
‘2011_11_05_31.11_Temp Overnight Shelters tmr tr 6 17 11df_redline_only.doc’ are problematic and
he requested further BBRS discussion and review at the January 10, 2012 meeting.
New Business (NB) or Other
NB #1: Placeholder. CSLs issued since the last meeting will be considered for the January 10, 2012
NB #2 BBRS approved David McCarthy CSL #94798, for CSL reinstatement with medical justification
upon receipt of all paperwork. (DS, GM, All)
NB #4 BBRS approved the recommendations and impose the actions contained in the October 5, 2011
BOCC minutes. (HS, GM, All)
NB #5 BBRS approved concrete test labs listed in file ‘CTL APPLICATIONS 2012-20111213-
082339.PDF’ upon acceptable completion of Staff review. (HS, SM, All)
NB #6: After discussion the BBRS directed staff to formulate an official interpretation, or other,
regarding the definition of a native lumber (NL) producer. This action pertains to the original question
that was posed to the BBRS as follows: Is a person milling his/her own product for use on his/her
own property exempt from the NL stamp requirements?
NB #7 (other)
•The BBRS approved Brian Gale as chair of the BBRS for the 2012 term (SM, HS, All) and Sandy
MacLeod as vice chair of the BBRS for the 2012 term (DS, HS, All)
GM noted that BBRS action is still required on two issues in the 8th edition which 1) requires local
appeal before any state appeal can be made and 2) may require two egresses from the 2nd floor of a 2:48
one or two family dwelling. Staff again took an action to investigate and address these two issues.
After a discussion on antifreeze in sprinklers, the BBRS directed Staff to prepare for the next
meeting, language modifications to the amendment that prohibits antifreeze, and is available for a
final promulgation vote, which might clarify the intent of the BBRS.
BBRS approved a motion to adjourn (HS, DS, All) 2:56
Minutes by MSG and the documents discussed at this BBRS meeting are on file at DPS under the file names shown in these minutes or below:
BBRS Minutes November 8, 2011 (approved December 13, 2011).doc