Welcome to Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts
Our purpose is to improve and maintain a positive image of the building industry and to represent the interests of the affiliated associations by maintaining constructive involvement in government and regulatory affairs in order to meet the housing needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its residents.
The Stretch Energy Code has added significant cost for the development of housing to the homebuilding industry. In an effort qualify the added costs to homebuyers of ever increasing energy code requirements in Massachusetts, the HBRAMA retained the energy-consulting firm Ekotrope. Ekotrope, Inc offers unique software solutions for designing energy-efficient buildings to maximuze owners'investments as well as ensuring energy code compliance. read more>>
DHCD Releases New Chapter 40B Guidelines
DHCD published updated guidelines for activities related to comprehensive permits and Chapter 40B this week. The update adds clarifying language and includes parenthetical notes describing the May 2013 changes. Among other things, it clarifies Affirmative Marketing requirements and adds an Appendix with Additional Guidance on Income. read more >>
Release Housing Markets Needs New Units
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Trade group calls for removal regulatory barriers to housing production
BOSTON - " As the housing market improves marginally, a shortage of existing inventory and a lack of new construction is serving to depress sales and increase prices in Massachusetts, making it still difficult for many to own a home, even with mortgage rates at historic lows.