Cost and Effectiveness of Building Code Requirements
The BBRS has issued two preliminary papers on the cost and effectiveness of building code requirements. This first paper examines fire protection systems in 3 to 6 unit residential buildings: White Paper Cost and Effectiveness Fire Protection Systems 05 13 2014 MS Word which has active links or White Paper Cost and Effectiveness Fire Protection Systems 05 13 2014 PDF file size 1MB which does not. This study was the outcome of recent actions taken by the BBRS. In November 2013, the BBRS directed its Department of Public Safety (DPS) Staff to determine if fire protection, specifically sprinkler requirements, were being installed in existing multi-unit residential building renovations at the same ‘rate’ since 2010 compared to 2009 and earlier. The results of the study, which were reviewed in December 2013, showed that sprinkler installations were installed at a high rate since 2010, which was the inception of the current edition of the building code. However, the study revealed additional issues including inconsistent code requirements and enforcement, variation in cost of construction, and a wide disparity in construction activity across the seven municipalities that contributed to the study. Consequently, in January 2014, the BBRS directed DPS to address these issues in a White Paper.
In addition, the BBRS has received feedback on energy conservation requirements and directed DPS Staff to also study this topic for 3 to 6 unit residential buildings: White Paper Cost and Effectiveness Energy Conservation Systems 05 13 2014 MS Word with active links and White Paper Cost and Effectiveness Energy Conservation Systems 05 13 2014 PDF without.
Both papers provide conclusions and recommendations for the BBRS to consider. The BBRS seeks public comment which can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org 617-826-5215. Revisions to these papers are expected as public comment is received.
White Paper Fire Protection Con DFS Rodrique: http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublications/nfpa-journal/2014/march-april-2014/features/sikorsky