Now, we have proof, unassailable facts, and a handy visual aid. NAHB Codes and Standards staff put together this graphic to show how regulations have increased over the years. (Codes: Council of American Building Officials, and the Int'l Residential Building Code)
Since 1983, the total weight of residential building code books has grown from less than a pound to almost 5 pounds! And this doesn’t take in to account the building and energy codes specific to Massachusetts.