Membership Meeting - Changes to the Building Code

Posted by Melissa Bunis, Boston Stone Restoration, EM NARI PR Committee Member on 3 June 2016 | 0 Comments

Our June Membership Meeting at EM NARI featured a number of great updates about chapter happenings, and an informative presentation on pending changes to the building code by Rob Anderson from the Dept of Public Safety.  With 130 attendees registered, this event was a fantastic way to wrap up our spring programs.

Thank you to our dinner sponsor, Kohler Co. and representatives Lauren Moschella and Beth Doehner!

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Congratulations to Roger Gallagher - our chapter's newest Master Certified Remodeler!

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Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Winners.  Dylan Ouimette won our trade scholarship - he is studying to enter the field of plumbing.  Sarah Crowley won our EM NARI Member Scholarship.  She plans to attend LaSalle in the fall and work with disadvantaged children in orphanages in Eastern European countries some day.  Very impressive teens!!!

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Let's all recognize the amazing team that pulled together to work on our community service project this spring through Rebuilding Together Boston. Nice work everyone!

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The Rebuilding Together project was led by Steve Greenberg at Steveworks. Thanks so much Steve!  Why is he wearing that crazy shirt???  Steve is cycling for MS this month.  You can thank Steve by supporting his team.  LINK TO PAGE.

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In case you missed it... great things happening at our chapter. Announcement recap:

Youth Construction Career Event.  This is a NEW EM NARI event.  Targeting this fall.  This experiential event will allow teens in technical education programs to get a hands on look at some of the work in residential remodeling.  Led by Karl Ivester, the planning team is forming and we need you!  We need TONS of members - to work with schools, recruit sponsors, plan activities and volunteer on site at the event. Contact Michelle at to volunteer!

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Who's ready to GOLF??? The EM NARI Golf Tournament registration is now open.  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 21 back at Shaker Hills in Harvard, MA.  Great sponsorships available!  Visit to register your foursome.

Don't forget the Member Survey!!!  We are still collecting feedback on our member survey.  Make sure we have your input as we plan programs.  LINK TO SURVEY.

Our Program: Thanks to our speaker, Rob Anderson, Director of Construction Code Education at the Department of Public Safety.  

The 9th edition of the MA building code 2015, was supposed to be rolled out July 1, 2016 but is currently on hold. Only the energy code is ready for public hearing. He did hit on a few points, such as the IRC appendix J will be required on all jobs (it is a field assessment). He also spoke about new information on flood plains, new sunroom addition codes, and that sprinklers are still not required unless structure is over 14,000 sq ft.

He offered his assistance in explaining any issues and reminded the audience that all information is on the website. There will also be a transition period after the new code is rolled out that you can still adhere to the old code, probably 6 months.

Rob has graciously agreed to share is presentation.  You can access it here:  DOWNLOAD.

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Thanks to everyone who came!!!  Our next EM NARI membership dinner is our Inspectors Panel on September 7th.  More information to come!

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