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Certified 3rd Party Code Inspections

Criterium-Brown Engineers are well qualified to provide technical assistance regarding compliance with the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. 

Under certain circumstances in Maine, new building construction must comply with the standards established by the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code, and this work must be inspected by either  a qualified Municipal Code Enforcement Officer, or, if not available, a Duly Certified Third Party Inspector.  Several of Criterium-Brown Engineers have been so certified and can provide assistance with Maine code compliance requirements, either from the perspective of initial construction planning to inspection of completed work.

 Background:

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

2009 International Residential Code (IRC)

2009 International Building Code (IBC)

2009 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

These codes have been amended by the Maine Legislature to varying degrees, and links to these amendments can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dps/bbcs/

Effective December 1, 2010, the State of Maine adopted the statewide Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) which consists of four International Code Council (ICC) codes and four standards. Municipalities over 4,000 in population are required to enforce the new code if they had a building code in place as of August 2008. Municipalities under 4,000 are not required to enforce the MUBEC unless they wish to do so and Municipalities under 4,000 population 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

As one can clearly see, the question as to whether or not a municipality in Maine is required to abide by MUBEC can be a complicated one to answer.  However, adoption of MUBEC has in our opinion established a frame of reference to which a recently constructed home can be compared

The following standards are also adopted as part of the MUBEC:

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

62.1 - 2007 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality)

62.2 - 2007 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)

90.1 - 2007 (Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) editions without addenda.

E-1465-2006, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

A complete copy of Title 10, Chapter  1103: MAINE UNIFORM BUILDING AND ENERGY CODE can be found at:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/10/title10ch1103sec0.html