Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 AM ~ Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
The Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) went into effect on December 1, 2010. It may come as a surprise that, as of December 1, every local building code in every Maine town and city was effectively wiped off the books. MUBEC replaced them all and now applies to virtually every construction project in the state.
MUBEC has far-reaching impacts – both substantively and procedurally – and, in many cases, will be a dramatic change from current code enforcement practices. Among other things, the law establishes a new Bureau of Building Codes and Standards Board to implement and administer the new code requirements on a state-wide basis.
The stated goal of the MUBEC is to provide uniformity of building-related codes across municipal boundaries, streamline code administration and bring consistency to builders, developers and towns. It seems highly likely, however, that, at least in the short term, MUBEC will cause significant confusion and consternation for those involved in the building trades and real estate development.
MUBEC is mostly comprised of standards from the International Code Council. It also adopts certain standards from the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, as well as the International Energy Conservation Code. On the positive side, these requirements create an opportunity for those seeking LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star or other green building designations to use many budget items for both MUBEC compliance and building certification. Although MUBEC does not adopt any of the presently available draft versions of the proposed International Green Construction Code (IGCC), complying with MUBEC with an eye on the IGCC may provide developers with a competitive advantage.
The proponents of MUBEC suggest that implementation of a state-wide code will make contractors more accountable for their work and could be the first step toward licensing and/or required training for contractors.
Join us on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 7:30 - 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland, ME as our panelists examine the substance, possible pitfalls and potential legal implications of the enactment and implementation of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC).
Meet the Panelists:
David P. Ray is the chair of Bernstein Shur’s Construction Law Practice Group and concentrates his practice in construction law, litigation and insurance and surety matters. Mr. Ray has provided legal services to contractors, owners, developers, design professionals and others in the construction industry for over 30 years and has lectured on construction and litigation issues.
Richard W. (Rick) Smith is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Real Estate Practice Group and its Environmental & Energy Practice Group. Rick helps his Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts retail and developer clients with leases, ground leases, acquisitions and development for stores, shopping centers, apartment buildings and large residential subdivisions.
Phil Saucier is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group and its Legislative and Political Law Practice Group. Phil has extensive experience working with government officials regarding municipal and health care law.