On March 23, 2016 the Boston City Council passed an ordinance amendment bringing the Boston Fire Code into agreement with Massachusetts making it possible for hospitals, schools, colleges, and other public buildings with approved sprinkler systems to use furniture that is free of toxic flame retardant chemicals.
Mayor Marty Walsh signed the amendment on April 8, 2016 and the change became effective July 7, 2016.
Specifically, this change allows for the use of upholstered furniture complying with California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 in all regulated buildings that have approved sprinkler protection instead of the previous requirement to meet CAL-133.
Bottom line: This saves you big money on furniture!
We have attached the amended ordinance from the City of Boston for your review.
While the code has now changed, it is still up to the discretion of your local code officers to enforce this amendment as they deem appropriate. Procurement professionals and School Boards should always check with these code officials for questions or clarifications.