STATE BOARD OF BUILDING REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
S:\BBR\BBRS\AGENDA\2009 Agenda\12_December\BBRS Minutes December 8 2009
A meeting of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) was held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday,
December 8, 2009 @ the Ashburton Café, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA.
Alexander (Sandy) MacLeod (SM), Chairman - Registered Architect
Rob Anderson (RA) -Chief of Inspections- Buildings
Timothee Rodrique (TR) – Designee for Steven Coan, State Fire Marshal, DFS
Brian Gale (BG) – Building Official from a town
Jerry Ludwig (JL) -Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical)
William Middlemiss (WM) -Head of a Local Fire Department
Stanley Shuman (SS) -General Contractor of Commercial/Industrial Buildings
Harry Smith (HS) -One- and Two-Family Homebuilders
Gary Moccia (GM), Vice-Chairman- Registered Professional Engineer (Structural)
Douglas Semple(DS) -Building Official from a City
Membership Vacant -Representative of Building Trades
Tom Riley (TMR), Don Finocchio (DF), and Mike Guigli (MSG) from DPS were present as well as others as
indicated on the attendance sheet, which is on file at the Board. A table of acronyms is found below. These
minutes contain some record of discussion but essentially just motions, seconds, votes, and actions.
Subject Action Item
The Public Hearing portion of the meeting was called to order by SM. at 1:06 p.m. This Public Hearing
was held in Boston at the Ashburton Café at One Ashburton Place. The attendance list is on file at DPS
and it is noted that the list may not have reached all attendees or that some attendees may have
chosen to not sign in. After SM read opening remarks DF briefly described the amendments including:
Chapter 1, 2 , and 51 deletion of HIC and temporary use for DPH issues, Chapter 4, movie and TV
production facilities, Chapter 34, various structural engineering provisions, and Appendix 120 G.
There was testimony on Chapter 34 by Curtis Meskus about the requirements for level 1 work. It was
noted that the comment period ends on January 11, 2009, and that some of these proposed
amendments are currently active temporarily under recent emergency votes by BBRS; and that a vote
was needed to ensure their continuity until BBRS votes them permanent after the comment period.
Motion made by BG to extend as necessary emergency amendments, seconded by TR, with unanimous BBRS
vote. At the end of this discussion SM closed the public hearing at approximately 1:20 p.m.
Item #1. Meeting Minutes (when approved, minutes
will be uploaded to the web): Board Vote requested on WM HS Yes MSG 14.40
November 10, 2009 meeting minutes/action items.
Subject Action Item
Item #4. CSL Continuing Education: Proposal on hold at A & F. RA noted that the DPS
Commissioner has requested a meeting with A& F to get them to release the document to hold RA 14.48
a public hearing.
Item #5. Sheet Metal Board Status. Board has been meeting twice a month and has developed
a regulation to go to public hearings; there will be four in January, 2010.
Item #1. Approval of New CSLs: Total = 71 between
TR HS Yes MSG 21.15
November 4, 2009 and December 3, 2009.
Item #2. Request for reinstatement of CSL beyond
the one-year expiration period:
- Randy Boyle, CSL #67667 w/ medical justification
- Joseph Roffi, CSL # 35393 w/ medical justification HS BG Yes
MSG to initiate
- Mark Goetemann, CSL #55331 w/ medical
process pending MSG 21.26
Request for approval of grandfather application for
receipt of original
- Mario Sabatine for roofing only CSL with medical BG HS Yes
- Bert L. Mosher for roofing, windows, siding, and
demo CSL with medical justification
Item #4. ‘Special’ Qualifications for BBRS
Consideration in Sitting for the CSL Exam
Steve Hodgetts recommended to sit for the restricted MSG to issue 22.35
HS WM Yes MSG
One & Two Family CSL exam. emails
Daniel Phan, Lonn Beaudin, and David Naginewicz
recommended to sit for the unrestricted CSL exam
Item #5. 8th edition, Chapter 34 Team
A brief presentation of the current status of the proposed 8th edition existing building code
covered these topics: Historic buildings, Substantial Renovation and Fire Protection
Requirements, Egress, and Structural Provisions
Item #6. 8th edition, amendment changes since last meeting.
A motion was made by TR, second by RA, to move the 8th edition with changes from the BCCC
December 9, 2009 meeting as discussed and presented by DF to February 9, 2010 public hearing with
the proviso that townhouses are covered by R-2 height and area requirements, and that seismic and fire
protection requirements are in accordance with the base code for R use, and that appropriate townhouse 58.38
language is added to the One and Two-Family Dwelling Code and with a second proviso that the
language from the 6th edition pertaining to sections 121.6, 121. 7, and 121.8 replace 116.1, 116.2,
116.2.1 and 116.2.2, 116.2.3 in the 8th edition. BBRS vote was unanimous. DF to initiate 485 process.
Item #8. E-memo to building officials on MGL c. 148 s. 26G
In order to apprise the enforcement community of this new statute RA reviewed a draft of this RA
for BBRS discussion. Several edits were made. RA to issue final e-memo.
Subject Action Item
Item #9. Concrete Test Labs for CY 2010
TMR to apprise
BBRS voted to approve all Labs on spreadsheet
BBRS of any
‘CONCRETE TESTING LAB APPLICATIONS 2010 TR BG Yes TMR 1:06
BBRS 12-8-09’ with condition that staff review and
confirm compliance with 780 CMR 110.R1 regulation.
Item #10. DPS website update
MSG apprised the BBRS of two new FAQs. One ‘electronic seal and signature’ and another on MSG 1:17
‘useful www links’. MSG to forward to Tary Meas for posting to web.
Item #12. Vote requested to revoke Building Official Certification for failure to notify DPS of
forwarding address and/or for failure to maintain certification.
-Robert Bersani, Inspector of Buildings / Building Commissioner 94-03-001
-Frank DiPaolo, Local Inspector 99-12-1121
-Brent Getchell, Local Inspector 04-06-1353
-Brian Jeannotte, Local Inspector 00-09-1166
-D. Robert Nicetta, Inspector of Buildings / Building Commissioner 92-11-384
There was discussion based on changing language to expiration rather than revocation and
noncompliance of education hours. A motion was made WM and second by TR to rescind the certification of
the individuals above. BBRS vote was unanimous.
Item #13. Energy Code Training
At a previous meeting a proposal was made to increase the amount of training hours and
hours for code specific training on energy. The BBRS requested that the MA Federation of
Building Officials make a recommendation on the subject. MFBO issued a letter that addressed
several topics, but relative to energy code training their recommendation was as follows. ”The
hours required to get the appropriate training in the energy & stretch code should be placed on top of the
now 45 hours required for building officials to maintain our certification, but still count towards that
recertification.” TMR 1:25
Alissa Whiteman and Ian Finlayson gave updates on the training status. There was also
testimony on this subject with several suggestions on providing this training at low or no cost
to builders. Also testimony revealed the pushback from attending training that building
official sometime experience from appointing authorities. Each training session will be about 5
hours. At the close of this discussion it was suggested that a joint memo be sent by the DPS
commissioner and a MA environmental official to all cities and towns, stating that the training hours
are mandatory. RA action as required.
Item #14. Nomination and vote for BBRS chair and
vice-chair for year 2010.
RA HS Yes 1:47
Nomination made to re-elect current chair and vice
chair, Alexander Macleod and Gary Moccia
Item #15. Other: Announcement: Brian Gale has decided to resign from FPFP due to a number
of missed meetings and has recommended Louise Vera, State Building Inspector to take his
seat. SM appointed Ms. Vera to the FPFP committee seat. Also, TMR apprised the BBRS that the
IECC 2009 will be effective in January 2010.
Adjourn Yes 1:50
* Minutes by MSG and time stamp indicates location on digital tape recording.
Table of Acronyms
BCCC Building Code Coordinating Council which is responsible for identifying conflict or duplication of CMRs
BOWM Building Officials of Western MA
CMR Code of Massachusetts Regulation (780 CMR is the State Building Code)
CSL Construction Supervisor License
CTL Concrete Test Laboratory
DPL Division of Professional Licensure
DPS Department of Public Safety
EEA Energy and Environmental Affairs
ESR Evaluation Service Report (issued by the ICC)
HIC Home Improvement Contractor
IBC International Building Code
IECC International Energy Conservation Code
ISD Inspectional Services Department
LAC Loads Advisory Committee
MBCIA Massachusetts Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association
MGL MA General Law
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
OCABR Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
OTFRSC One & Two Family Residential Sprinkler Committee
SEBANE Solar Energy Business Association of New England
SEMBOA Southeastern MA Building Officials Association