Is the new state building code good for Maine?

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, at 1:46 p.m.

The state’s first-ever statewide building code goes into effect for municipalities of 2,000

or more residents. The code addresses insulation and energy efficiency as well as structural matters.

Is this a step in the right direction for Maine, a state with one of the oldest housing stocks in the nation? Will it help Maine reduce the export of money to foreign heating oil? Or does this code represent government reaching too far and violating the long-standing Maine tradition of being able to build one’s own house, sometimes on the cheap?