• New State Wide Requirement - Hot Work Certification

    Code Compliance | Posted by Corey Fisher

    As discussed in a previous blog post here, the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) has recently submitted for approval a new version of 527 CMR 1.00, Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code. The BFPR is the board responsible for promulgating the Commonwealth’s Fire Safety Code.

    One of the major code changes for the construction industry is the introduction of an amendment to Chapter 41, Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work. Section 41.7 now requires individuals to...

  • Project Highlight - Pediatric Procedure Unit and Sadowsky Center for Children

    News | Posted by Chris Lynch

    Baystate Children’s Hospital opened their new 15,000 square foot pediatric procedure and infusion suite at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in November. Code Red Consultants served as the code consultants during the project's design to Steffian Bradley Architects, and was responsible for preparing the code compliance approach and life safety drawings for the project. During construction, CRC worked as third-party inspector for Baystate Medical Center to review the construction of...

  • Project Highlight - South Bay Expansion

    News | Posted by Peter Harrod


    Code Red Consultants is working closely with EDENS, Pritzker and Lee Kennedy Company (LKCO) on this massive 11 acre development and expansion of the South Bay Shopping Center.  This project involves 5 new buildings that will add 500,000 square feet of  mixed-use hotels, theatres, restaurants and residences.

    The first two buildings achieved early occupancy in November, which is significant considering they were being erected in the midst of a very heightened awareness of construction...

  • Exterior Walls - NFPA 285 Compliance

    Code Compliance | Posted by Paul Moan


    What is NFPA 285?

    NFPA 285 is a standard test method published by the National Fire Protection Association for evaluating the fire propagation characteristics of exterior non-load bearing wall assemblies with combustible components.  The test method was established recognizing that such walls contain combustible components and evaluates how readily and quickly the exterior wall promotes fire spread.

    As part of the 9th Edition of 780 CMR, MA State Building Code, the 2012 Edition of NFPA...

  • Code Clarification: Membrane Penetrations in a Horizontal Assembly

    Code Compliance | Posted by Zach Blanchard

    The recent adoption of the 9th edition of Massachusetts Building Code, which is an amended version of the 2015 IBC, brings with it the addition and clarification of a commonly used construction practice regarding membrane penetrations in horizontal assemblies. The recently adopted code includes a new exception to Section 714.4.2 which states that the “ceiling membrane of both 1- and 2-hour fire-resistance-rated horizontal assemblies is permitted to be interrupted with the double wood top...