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Session 1001

November 1, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Connecticut Room (Lobby Level)

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A Whirlwind Tour Through the Changes to Maine's Building Code


Dick Lambert

Code Enforcement Officer

City of Saco, Maine

Paul Demers

Code Enforcement Officer

Town of Kennebunk, Maine

Session Description

During the first legislative session of the 129th Maine legislature this past spring, several significant building code-related bills were passed.  Collectively, the changes will impact almost every professional who designs, builds, and inspects buildings in Maine.


This presentation will provide attendees with a brief overview of the changes and updates to Maine's Code, including:


  • The application of the code state-wide

  • Enforcement

  • The shift from the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code to the 2015 version and implications for specification and construction of building envelopes

  • A basic primer on the 2015 International Mechanical Code

  • An overview of the ASHRAE 62.2 residential ventilation standard and the ASTM E-1465 residential radon standard

  • Pending development of a stretch energy code

  • The return of oversight of the code to the State Fire Marshall's office.

Attendees will leave the session with basic knowledge of the code changes and how and when they may need to be applied in buildings throughout the state.

Presentation Categories:  Design & Construction; Other


Presentation Level: Basic-Intermediate-Advanced

Presentation Categories:  Occupant Health/Medical Issues; Cleaning & Remediation; Other


Presentation Level: Basic

About Dick Lambert


Richard Lambert has been employed by the City of Saco for the past 34 years as its Director of Code Enforcement.  He holds current Certifications by the State of Maine as a Code Enforcement Officer, Local Plumbing Inspector and Local Health Officer.  He holds a Certified Building Official designation as well as Certifications in Housing and Zoning, Residential Building and Energy Inspector, and Residential Energy plans examiner conferred by the International Code Council.  He is Past President of the Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association and ICC Region VI, Northeast Regional Code Coalition and is currently a Board member of the Eastern States Building Officials Federation.  He has served as the Service Center Code Official representative to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code advisory board from 2008 to 2017 and as Chair of the ICC Property Maintenance Code Development Committee from 2014 to 2019.

About Paul Demers

Paul has been a fully certified Code Enforcement Officer for the past 25 years, serving initially in Shapleigh and Sanford, Maine and for the past 21 years in Kennebunk, Maine.  Paul is a graduate of the University of Maine Civil Engineering Technical Program, and spent twelve years doing consulting engineering with Civil Consultants of South Berwick, Maine.

Paul served five years as President of the Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association, and is currently the President of the New England Building Officials Education Association.  Paul is a Trustee for the Sanford, Maine Sewer District, and gives frequent education programs to various groups in Maine and around New England.