On June 24th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released draft code language for its Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Municipal Opt-in Code:
- Summary Document Explaining the Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Opt-in Code Language
- Residential Low-Rise Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Opt-in Code Language (red-line of applicable code sections)
- Commercial and Other Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Opt-in Code Language (red-line of applicable code sections)
DOER will provide an overview of the draft code language for its Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Municipal Opt-in Code, along with responses to frequently asked questions, during a recorded webinar on July 7th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Register in advance for the webinar here.
We strongly encourage you to attend at least one public session to share your concerns about the code as it is written now and to demand that the code accelerate the construction of energy efficient, all-electric buildings powered by renewable and clean energy.
More information about DOER’s Public Hearings on the Stretch Code can be found here.
PHMass is part of thw MA Net Zero Buildings Coalition that has been advocating for a true net-zero and all-electric code. See these resources for our recomnedations:
- Net Zero Stretch Code Framework flyer
- Myths vs. Facts factsheet about net-zero and fossil fuel-free buildings.
Written Comment process for the Draft Code Proposal
DOER is seeking public comments on the Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Stretch Code Draft Regulation, released on June 24, 2022, to inform the final code language. Written comments will be accepted until 5 PM on August 12th 2022. Please submit written comments on the regulations electronically to email@example.com with the words BUILDING CODE COMMENTS in the subject line. Alternatively, comments can be submitted via mail to Ian Finlayson, Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.