Does the Massachusetts Building Code Follow International Code Council Guidelines?


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Massachusetts follows International Code Council building codes, plus some amendments for appliances, fire protection and other building elements, says the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of American Society of Civil Engineers. The ICC codes were established in 1994, and as of 2015, Massachusetts follows an adaptation of 2009 codes.

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The Massachusetts building code that applies in 2015 is the Eighth Edition Base Code, an unofficial version available for review at Mass.gov, the official website of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. As of 2015, the most recent updates to the Eighth Edition were added in August 2010, according to Mass.gov. The only exception is the energy efficiency code, which was amended in 2013.

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