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Massachusetts Energy Code Updates

On July 19, 2016, Massachusetts completed its base and stretch energy code update process.  Massachusetts has amended its 8th edition of the state’s building codes and these have taken effect as of January 1, 2017.   The adopted code includes state amendments to the base energy code (residential and commercial) as well as an updated stretch energy code.  These codes will be enforced through local building inspectors throughout the Commonwealth. These codes and their updates are developed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, both residential and commercial, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.


National Lumber is proud to partner with Sustainable Energy Analytics and Johns Manville to offer a free seminar to review and discuss these changes.  The 1-hour presentation discusses the new energy codes and their application to residential and commercial buildings, mandatory requirements, paths to compliance, and much more.  A social hour will follow and speakers will be available to answer any questions not covered during the presentation.


This seminar has been offered throughout December and January and have been very popular.  Another seminar is being planned for February.  While a date has not yet been set, contact Chris Kirouac at or call or text Chris at 508-509-9329 to be the first to receive details. Provide your email address and receive a registration invitation when a date is announced.

Check List for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Mike McDole speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

Mike McDole, Senior Vice President of Sales at National Lumber, speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

On April 16, 2014, Kitchen Views at National Lumber and Allstate Glass hosted an EM NARI Networking Event at the Kitchen Views showroom in Mansfield, MA. Please check out Brandy Souza’s Kitchen Views blog posting for more information. There are lots of event photos available on our Facebook and Google+ sites.

How to get Free Passes to 2014 JLC Live Exhibit Hall in Providence, RI

2014 JLC Live New England Trade Show

2014 JLC Live New England Trade Show has training sessions and much more! National Lumber, Booth #1110 will have Show Specials on Tools!

Are you planning to go to the 2014 JLC Live trade show Exhibit Hall in Providence, RI this Friday or Saturday?

If you need free passes for the Exhibit Hall, here’s how:

1. Each individual must register themselves – required by JLC Live
2. Use PROMO CODE X178 for as many individuals as needed when you register online with JLC LIVE Residential Construction Show
3. After reviewing your information, you MUST click FINISH to complete your session and receive a confirmation.
4. Your confirmation email from JLC Live will include the bar code and you will need to print it out and bring it with you that day.
5. Bring the printed confirmation to registration to the On-Site Express Registration Counter on level one at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Your barcode will be scanned on-site and a badge will print instantly.
6. Be sure to visit National Lumber in Booth #1110 and save a lot on the tools you love with our Show Specials!

Expired Certification – Don’t Risk It! Stay Educated Through Contractor Training.

construction builder holding his head in his hands looking worriedThe busy season is in full swing and the days quickly fill up with task lists for project at hand. Have you checked to be sure all of your safety licenses are up to date? If you know your license is coming up for renewal, be sure you have all your credits earned before you actually need them. It’s better to be educated with current information in case industry codes and safety requirements have changed or have been updated.

There is an array of training to choose from. Depending on what type of position you hold, will determine the training best suited for you. National Lumber regularly partners with industry renowned trainers in efforts to offer the best possible opportunities for your benefit. Our trainers have real world experience and are engaging and informative.

Shawn McCadden training a class at National Lumber in Mansfield, MA

The type of license you hold will determine which training you need and the amount of hours needed to renew your certification. Here is an example of the various licenses and requirements needed to renew each:

Unrestricted: Construction Supervisor License; 12 credit hours = 5 required topic credit hours and 7 elective

Restricted: One and Two Family License; 10 credit hours = 5 required topic credit hours and 5 elective.

Specialty Licenses: 6 credit hours = 5 required topic credit hours and 1 elective.

For more information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continuing education license regulations, please click here.

Feel free to visit our events and training pages on to read about our upcoming training classes. We welcome our newest trainer, Phil Sheehan of Construction Safety Institute of New England.

Be sure to bookmark our Training page and check back frequently to see the courses and trainers National Lumber is hosting. Sign up today for the classes you need to renew your license!

Shawn McCadden Contractor Coaching 6-session Workshop

National Lumber is pleased to announce a new Contractor Coaching 6-session Workshop by Remodeling Industry Expert Shawn McCadden with Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership. We will be hosting this builder training for our customers at 245 Oakland St, Mansfield, MA in our second floor Training Room. If you are interested, you must register with Mark Paskell by calling 508-847-0162 or email

Each day you will receive strategies and tools that you can take back to your business and implement right away.

Starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013 through Monday, March 18, 2013
Each session will run from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Lunch is included.

Simple Questions for Contractors, Remodelers, Builders and Specialty Trades
• Not sleeping well due to money issues and is it affecting your ability to do your job and have a life?
• Do you know whether you are buying rather than selling projects?
• Are you wasting time with people who will never buy from you?
• Are you confident about making it through the current recession?
• Are your wondering why other contractors are busy working and you are not?
• Will your business be ready to thrive when the economy turns around and work picks up?

This new cutting edge education program for professional contractors is taught by Remodeling Industry Expert Shawn McCadden and Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc.

Here is the list of available workshops:
• 02/05/2013: Small Business Finances and Profit Strategies for Non-Accountants
• 02/12/2013: Marketing Boot Camp: Targeting the Right Customers
• 02/26/2013: Know What Your Selling Before You Sell It: Strategic Estimating
• 03/05/2013: Mass vs. EPA RRP Differences
• 03/12/2013: Smart Selling for Tough Times: Sales Workshop for All Contractors
• 03/18/2013: You Sold It, Now You Have to Build It: Production

Choose to take several workshops or all of them. The full 6-session program is $750, which is $125 per workshop. However, you can choose to take up to three of these workshops individually at $185 apiece.

If you are interested, you must register with Mark Paskell by calling 508-847-0162 or email

DISCLAIMER: National Lumber is not responsible for the training being offered. National Lumber is sharing this information for your convenience. By clicking on the links you will leave the National Lumber website and be taken to another company’s website.

Massachusetts CSL Continuing Education Credit Requirement Details

Don’t worry about the new Construction Supervisor License Continuing Education Requirements for Massachusetts contractors! National Lumber will continue to sponsor and host upcoming training classes to help you meet these new requirements!

Click here to see the latest events that we are hosting or sponsoring.

Here is more information clarifying what the CSL CEU credits are, as well as how and why you need to get them.

Who it Affects: All Construction Supervisor License holders need this information, and need to take action to earn Continuing Education Credits which will be required for future renewals (read on for timing).

What? The Board of Building Regulations has announced Continuing Education requirements for the Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License. Licensees must provide proof of completion of required hours for every two year license cycle.

When? There has been some confusion and mis-information regarding the timing of the continuing education requirements.

If your next license renewal is between now and June 30, 2013, you will NOT need to provide continuing education hours when you renew next.

For license renewals July 1, 2013 and after, you WILL need to provide proof of continuing education (credit hours) at the time of renewal in order to be granted a renewed license.

Note that taking any courses now will “count” toward the first time you need to provide these credits. Courses must be pre-approved for credits and will indicate that when you sign up and attend.

How Many Credits/Hours?

  • Construction Supervisors License/ “Unrestricted”: 12.0 Hours*
  • The One and Two Family Dwelling (“Restricted”) License: 10.0 Hours*
  • The Specialty Licenses: 6.0 Hours*

    * Every Two Years at Renewal (see above dates)

What Categories?

Of the required hours, there are five mandatory topics, with a minimum of one hour required in each:

  • Code Review
  • Workplace Safety
  • Business Practices
  • Energy (except Demolition Specialty License)
  • Lead-Safe Practices (only first renewal cycle)

Where and How ?

To earn the required credits (CEUs), licensees must take courses that have been pre-approved by the state. The BBRS deems that approved courses must “impart appropriate and related knowledge in the regulated industries.” Students must attend classes in their entirety in order to receive the approved credits.

National Lumber is working with course coordinators approved by the Mass. BBRS, including the trainers from the Contractor Coaching Partnership, Conservation Services Group, CSI Institute, Safety Trainers, and others.

Some trade associations such as BAGB and NARI have also begun to offer programs that earn continuing education credits, and will continue to do so, offering multiple opportunities to earn all of the required hours at locations throughout eastern Massachusetts.

To keep up with the latest events eligible for CSL CEU credits, please join our email list.

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National Lumber and Contractor Education: “Perfect Partners”

We run a very comprehensive training program for our contractor customers at National Lumber and will continue to do so. The program started in full swing when the new Repair, Remodel and Paint programs were first being implemented in early 2010. We have always tried to fit in some training in the past, but never as in-depth since the RRP (lead paint program) started. There seemed to be so much confusion over what it would all mean and how it would affect our customers that we saw a great need as did many others in the industry.

We decided to host and sponsor a series of seminars from that situation but new rules and regulations have just kept “popping up” ever since then. New OSHA regulations and fall protection requirements, updates to RRP and the Mass. DOS entry into the program, Energy Star programs, new International Code changes, stretch energy code updates for Massachusetts cities and towns, and the “Granddaddy” of them all, the new Contractor Supervisor’s License requirements for Continuing Education Credits! How were our customers going to manage all of this and still run their businesses?

In addition to the trade organizations and private training firms, we felt that it was our duty to assist our thousands of remodelers, builders, developers, painters and many others on our customer lists. We are now the largest lumber chain provider of contractor training in the Northeast with over 20 full or partial day classes having been held or scheduled through January and February 2012. With many more programs planned in the future, we will continue to host these programs throughout 2012.

We want our customers to know that we do this as a service and do not benefit financially from these programs. We feel that the effort we expend to run these programs is for the benefit of our customers (and any non-customers who would like to attend). If there are any folks out there that would like be added to our mailing lists of upcoming programs please sign-up for our email list, giving us your permission to send you our event updates.

Note that any costs associated with these classes are paid to the trainers directly to compensate them for their time, trainers and materials costs and for them to keep your certification records. If any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Steve Linsky, National Lumber’s Contractor Education Coordinator at

Breakfast & Great Info at the ENERGY STAR Meet & Greets

On Wednesday, June 15th, National Lumber hosted a meet and greet with representatives from the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Program. We also held a second meet and greet at our store at 95 Pearson Boulevard in Gardner, MA (map) on Wednesday, June 22nd.
Massachusetts New Homes with Energy Star
About the Series:
The Lumber Yard Outreach series is a builder meet and greet style event designed to engage builders in a conversation about building with the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Program. The program is visiting lumber yards across the state from early May through late June. Since builder outreach is critically important to the program, the MA New Homes with ENERGY STAR program will be providing
  • a continental breakfast
  • knowledgeable staff to be on hand to talk to builders during the event
  • offer a new resource for builders to learn about the latest in building science and energy efficiency
You can learn more about Massachusetts New Homes with Energy Star on Facebook. Also, check out ENERGY STAR’s resources for contractors on their website. You can also find great information on training & certifications, incentives, and marketing opportunities on the Professionals section of the Mass Save website.We look forward to seeing you!

ENERGY STAR Stretch Code Classes in Mansfield, MA for Builders & Contractors

On Wednesday, June 22nd from 2-5pm, National Lumber hosted a free ENERGY STAR informational meeting, including important information about the Massachusetts Stretch Code for builders and contractors.

This meeting was be held upstairs at the National Lumber store & drive-thru lumberyard in Mansfield at 245 Oakland St (map).

Massachusetts New Homes with Energy Star

2:00 to 2:55 – Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR (Ian Buba, ICF International)

Learn how to earn rebates for building an energy efficient new home or addition.  This session will cover Program requirements, what rebates are available, and the process to follow.

3:05 to 4:00 – Understanding the Stretch Code (Mike Berry, ICF International)

The Stretch Code is now mandatory in over 85 communities in Massachusetts, including Easton and Medway, and several other communities are considering it, such as Bridgewater and Plainville.  Learn what the Stretch Code is and the best ways to meet the new requirement.

4:10 to 5:00 – The New National ENERGY STAR Program (Greg Krantz, ICF International)

The National ENERGY STAR Program is changing.  Homes permitted after April 1st will have to meet new requirements if they want to earn the ENERGY STAR label. Learn what it is all about.

You can learn more about Massachusetts New Homes with Energy Star on Facebook. Also, check out ENERGY STAR’s resources for contractors on their website. You can also find great information on training & certifications, incentives, and marketing opportunities on the Professionals section of the Mass Save website.

Free Frame to Finish Carpentry Clinic in Mansfield, MA!

Sloggatt Roadshow

National Lumber, with support from Huber Engineered Woods, was proud to offer one day of hands-on building clinics with Mike Sloggatt, framing/remodeling specialist and a nationally recognized author and teacher.

The clinic highlighted the latest materials from ZIP System and AdvanTech. It was a great educational opportunity for all of the contractors and builders that attended.

Click here to see the complete invitation and schedule.  

See past class in action (5 minute video)

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