I was notified by an State official this morning about a new proposed bill requiring notification of abutters within 500 feet when obtaining a building permit. This bill written by Kevin Murphy from Lowell, is being heard on Tuesday 2/14/2012 at the Mass State House. See below for details;
The Contractor Coaching Partnership Blog
On 12/13/2011 I testified on behalf of EMNARI and the remodeling industry at the BBRS hearing opposing the Massachusetts Stretch Sprinkler Code provision. I was fortunate to be the first contractor representative to speak right after state representative Matt Beaton who is a NARI member and remodeling contractor. As I looked up at the board on each end I saw a Fire Chief in full uniform and wondered do Mass contractors really have a shot at going up against the big union machine to stop the sprinkler mandates?
On December 13th, 2011 a public hearing will be held by the Mass BBRS on several Building Code Proposals including the Stretch Sprinkler Code. Officials expect this meeting to be well attended due to the controversy generated by the Stretch Sprinkler Code. This building code proposal if adopted, would require sprinklers in new one and two family homes.
Last week EMNARI had their third successful BBRS Mass 8th edition overview. Our host was EMNARI member Sterritt Lumber of Watertown. Thanks to Jack Mackin and team the room was filled to capacity.