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Build With Strength Voices Support for Massachusetts' Governor Comments on Housing

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Following Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker’s recent State of the State Address in Boston, Build With Strength (BWS) voiced support of comments he made concerning affordable housing.

“The need for affordable housing in Massachusetts cannot be understated and we applaud Governor Baker for his continued push for such an important issue in the Commonwealth," said BWS spokesman Kevin Lawlor. "While the need to increase housing is apparent, the need to do so safely and responsibly should also be considered a top priority. HB 3844, an Act Relative to the Use of Safe Building Materials, is a solution to the safety and resiliency of multi-family residential construction in Massachusetts. As the Legislature proceeds to expand housing to address cost issues, we encourage them to do so in tandem with this bill. While cost is important and addressed in using safer materials, so too is the structural integrity of future residential units across the Commonwealth.”

Build With Strength is a coalition led by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association that consists of community organizations, fire safety professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts who are committed to strengthening the nation’s building codes and ensuring greater access to secure housing. To date, Build With Strength Massachusetts includes the support of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3, Teamsters Local 25, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, Ironworkers Local 7, Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, New England Concrete Manufacturers Association, Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Mason International Association, and other national partners.

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