When a construction project is started in Massachusetts, the general contractor must pay close attention to the Massachusetts. building code. From the beginning of a project to the very end, this set of general rules governs the entire process. There is a set of codes for the digging of the foundation, the style of the framing, the electrical system, the plumbing, the heating, and the roof.
Failure to comply with the Massachusetts building code will result in a major headache for the builder. First, work can be stopped completely by an inspector who is unhappy with the job. This causes money to be wasted until work can start again. Second, the cost of fixing any breeches of the code can be expensive, and no one likes to do a job twice. Finally, if a problem is not fixed, there is a possibility that the inspecting authority could levy fines, until the mistake is fixed. For a smooth job, and the most profit possible, it is advisable to become familiar with both the state and local codes.
There are many resources available that can help a person learn about the Mass building code. Contacting the state office that governs the codes is a good place to start. For more in-depth study, there are many books available that explain the codes, though they may very technical. In addition, there is the option of taking classes at a local school to learn the details and nuances of the Mass building code, as well as various other resources, depending on location.
Many builders who have worked in Massachusetts for a while may know most of the Mass building code, but as new laws are passed, some of the details of individual rules may change. The same resources can be used to learn about changes to the code, as well. A good familiarity with the Mass building code will help to ensure that a project will finish on time and on budget.