Accordingly, on February 29th, this year, we presented the first of four educational seminars relating to the Ninth Edition One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code which is based on the 2015 version of the International Residential Code (IRC). During these trainings, over 400 state and municipal inspectors explored differences between the current, eighth and pending, ninth edition residential code as well as proposed revisions to international code language.
In May, Michael Mendoza, South Eastern Massachusetts Building Official Association (SEMBOA) President and event organizer, invited me, along with DPS Building Inspector, Marc LaPointe, DPS Program Coordinator, Patricia Barry, and DPS Building Inspector Supervisor, Jeffrey Putnam, to speak to attendees of the Annual Building Officials' Educational Conference about proposed changes to international existing building code requirements, building fire sprinkler requirements and Building Code Appeals Board (BCAB) procedures. DPS staff joined a host of other presenters to help achieve another successful conference.
In June, DPS Engineering Technical Code Coordinator, Cesar Lastra, joined me, Hilary Hackbart from the Division of Labor Standards and Dale Varney from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in offering a series of trench-safety seminars. During these sessions we examined 520 CMR 14.00, DPS regulations pertaining to unattended trench safety for the general public, trench-worker safety, and the duties and responsibilities of hoisting licensees and trench-permitting authorities.
Additionally, DPS Building Inspector, Gordon Bailey, offered a ten-week series of trainings to newly appointed municipal inspectors, shedding light on exam requirements and strategies in order to become certified as a building code enforcement official in the Commonwealth.
Finally, DPS Building Inspector, Harold Leaming, provided several seminar sessions, sprinkled throughout the year, on residential Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)requirements, during which he explored:
- HVAC System Design
- Duct Sizing and Calculations
- Basic Components of Warm Air and Hydronic Furnaces
- Summer-Heat Gain and Winter-Heat Loss
- The Science of Thermodynamics, and
- Acceptable and Poor Installation Methods
PowerPoint Presentations and related materials for these and other DPS seminars are available on the Department's website.
In all, we consider 2016 to be a collaborative and productive year for construction code education and we look forward to future successes. Please help us plan by sharing your thoughts about how we may continue to offer meaningful and effective educational programs.
Send us your ideas at: DPSinfo@state.ma.us .
Thank you for your interest and attendance over the year. We hope to see you again soon.
Department of Public Safety
Director of Construction Code Education
50 Maple Street
Milford, MA 01757-3698