Years ago, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) published a periodical titled CODEWORD. For numerous reasons, the publication was discontinued. It has long been an agency goal to re-instate issuance of the CODEWORD. Finally, that day is here.

For those of you who may not be familiar with it, CODEWORD typically provides topical information about activity on the building code, up-coming seminars, and general information relating to building code enforcement. The first issue of was published in July, 1986. At that time, it was simply called the BBRS Newsletter. Eventually, the name was changed and for years CODEWORD was an extremely popular and, we think, helpful tool used by state and municipal inspectors, building contractors, engineers, architects and other with an interest in building regulatory matters.

The last issue of the paper-format CODEWORD was published in July, 2003. This is the first to be published electronically via Constant Contact Messaging. It is hoped that this will be one of many more to come.

We have posted all past issues of CODEWORD on the Department of Public Safety ( DPS) website. Please visit the website @ www.mass.gov/dps or click here for the CODEWORD.