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An overview is offered of the pertinent provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code as it relates to construction requirements for innovative building insulation systems. The process for review and acceptance of new systems and products is described, and the process for accreditation of testing laboratories is compared with similar national and international programs. Pertinent excerpts from the State Building Code are included in an appendix.
building codes, innovative products and systems, laboratory accreditation, regulatory agencies
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Lowell, Lowell, Mass.
Staff Engineer, Massachusetts State Building Code Commission, Boston, Mass.