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BUREAU OF BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS

Technical Building Codes Statute Title 10

PL 699 Creation of the Building Codes

 

NEW See the newly Adopted MUBEC Chapters below, effective January 23, 2018.

 

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND THIRD-PARTY INSPECTOR TRAINING

 

For CEO and Third-Party Inspector questions on training/exam schedules, contact Brianne Hasty, at the Department of Economic and Community Development Office for more information (207) 624-7507 or email Brianne.Hasty@maine.gov   To view their Code Enforcement section of the DECD website, clink on the following link as well http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/ceo/index.html

For information relevant to training for Code Enforcement Officers, click on the following link for beginning and advanced training:

http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/ceo/training_calendar.html CEO FAQ

To view videos of online trainings that have been done in the past year, click on this link:

http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/ceo/online_training_library.html

 

View the list of Certified Third-Party Inspectors

 

BLOWER DOOR TESTING:

 

Excellent step by step information and instruction through the process of setting up and performing a Blower Door test and analysis of the results by WxTV weatherization.org. in three part videos on YouTube.

 

PART ONE: Blower Door Basics - Testing Prep & Set Up

WxTV will take a look at the ins and outs of blower door testing. To make things even more interesting there’ll be testing of the tightness of a strawbale house. In this first part, walk through the pre-test inspection, prep of the home and setup of the blower door.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaw9zpGTAw4

 

PART TWO: Blower Door  Basics - Testing Process

The second part of this series will pick up with the blower door test from the moment the manometer is turned on. Will also find out what the major infiltrations of this house are as searches are done for air leakage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVNEVSeEvFE

 

PART THREE: Blower Door Basics – The Breakdown

In the final part of this series, the results of our blower door test will be broken down and a summary of the major findings. But first WxTV will take an animated look at the physics happening when we run a blower door. Toolbox Feature - tools used during the blower door process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_6c6xj1doA

 

 

 

WHERE CAN I PHYSICALLY GET A COPY OF THE MAINE MUBEC CODE THAT IS ADOPTED?

 

The answer is you can't.....the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board adopted the International Codes - IRC, IBC, IEBC and IECC. These are protected Codes that come from the ICC itself. Because it would have been cost prohibitive to actually produce and print something that is Maine based or Maine friendly.....the Board adopted the International Codes (and standards listed below).

 

However, as you will see in Chapters 1-6 below, these six chapters correspond with each of the ICC codes adopted and these Chapters therefore contain all chapters of that specific code that WAS adopted or chapters that were DELETED to make the code either more Maine friendly OR that it is a chapter i.e. plumbing, electricity etc that are covered by other State departments.

 

If you are looking at a specific ICC code that was adopted - be sure to also look at the corresponding chapter below to make sure you aren't building or adhering to code that has been deleted or changed in this document. 

 

CODES ADOPTION HISTORY

 

As of January 23, 2018, the 2009 codes have been updated which includes the IRC, IBC, IEBC and are now the 2015 version. The IECC remains at the 2009 version.

 

As of September 28, 2011, a change in law that requires municipalities of 4,000 or more in population (formerly 2,000) to enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code if they HAD a building code in place by August 2008.

As of July 1, 2012, the MUBEC must be enforced in a municipality with a population of 4,000 residents or more that had NOT adopted any building code on or before August 1, 2008.

Municipalities of up to 4,000 residents may not adopt or enforce a building code other than the Maine Uniform Building Code (MUBC), the Maine Uniform Energy Code (MUEC) or the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC).

Municipalities with less than 4,000 residents are not required to enforce MUBEC, MUEC or MUBC unless they wish to do so and have the following Options:

1. Chose to adopt and enforce the MUBEC as listed above

2. Choose to adopt and enforce MUBC (the building code without energy code in it)

3. Choose to adopt and enforce MUEC (the energy code only)

4. Choose to have no code

 

TOWNS UNDER 4,000 IN POPULATION WHO HAVE ADOPTED CODE (please call and check the town offices for any updates or information pertaining to their specific adoption of Building and/or Energy Codes)

MUBEC is IRC, IBC, IEBC and IECC. MUBC is IRC, IBC and IEBC, not the IECC.

 

Acton, Alfred, Boothbay Harbor, Brownfield (MUBC), Carrabassett Valley, Castle Hill (MUBC), Chebeague Island (MUBEC), Dayton (MUBC) Durham, Hallowell, Hebron, Hiram (MUBC), Holden, Kennebunkport, Limerick (MUBC), Limington, Long Island, Manchester, Mechanic Falls (MUBC), Newfield (MUBC), North Yarmouth, Ogunquit, Otisfield, Phippsburg, Rangeley, Rockport (MUBC), Shapleigh and Thomaston.

 

A. Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code"MUBEC" consists of the following codes:

2015 International Residential Code (IRC)

2015 International Building Code (IBC)

2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) remain 2009 for both residential and commercial.

 

The following STANDARDS are also adopted as part of the MUBEC, but are not mandatory. These are only guidelines should you choose to use them as to how it should be done:

B. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standards:

NEW Ashrae standards have been updated as of January 23, 2018 to the 2013 standards:

62.1 - 2013 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality)

 

62.2 - 2013 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)

90.1 - 2013 (Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) editions without addenda.

NEWC. E-1465-2008, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings. *The radon standard is now E-1465-08 as of January 23, 2018.

 

Maine has adopted these national model codes and standards with amendments.  The amendments are listed in Rule Chapters 1-6 below. These chapters have been newly adopted and effective January 23, 2018.

UPDATED CHAPTERS:

Chapter 1 - Administration UPDATED January 2018

Chapter 2 - Third Party Inspectors UPDATED January 2018

Chapter 3 - IBC (2015) International Building Code UPDATED JANUARY 2018

Chapter 4 - IEBC (2015) International Existing Building Code UPDATED JANUARY 2018

Chapter 5 - IRC (2015) International Residential Building Code UPDATED JANUARY 2018

Chapter 6 - IECC (2009) International Energy Conservation Code UPDATED JANUARY 2018

 

MUBC (Maine Uniform Building Code) consists of:

2015 International Residential Code (IRC)

2015 International Building Code (IBC)

2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

62.1 - 2013 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality)

62.2 - 2013 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)

E-1465-2008, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings

 

MUEC (Maine Uniform Energy Code) consists of:

2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

62.1 - 2013 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality)

62.2 - 2013 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)

90.1 - 2013 (Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) editions without addenda.

E-1465-2008, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

 

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