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What is the stretch code?

The ‘Stretch Code’ is an optional appendix to the Massachusetts building energy code that allows cities and towns to choose a more energy-efficient option. This option increases the efficiency requirements in any municipality that adopts it, for all new residential and many new commercial buildings, as well as for those residential additions and renovations that …read more

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Is there evidence that higher energy efficiency standards benefit consumers?

Refrigerators are a prime example of the benefits of increasing energy efficiency standards.  In the early 1970’s, refrigerators were among the most costly appliances to own and run.  Manufacturers made no effort to improve energy efficiency because they were concerned about the cost and risk involved and a perceived lack of consumer interest.  Beginning that …read more

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How would the stretch code affect a current homeowner doing a renovation, remodeling or an addition to their home?

The stretch code recognizes that achieving whole-house energy savings would be difficult for this type of project.  So the code provides a prescriptive option for these projects which applies only to the systems and parts of the home affected by the project.  The goal is to ensure that the homeowner is getting the full benefit …read more

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Does the stretch code affect an existing house or a house for sale?

No. The Stretch Code has no effect on a house that is for sale. It has no effect on an existing house unless the owner undertakes a renovation that would normally trigger building code requirements.

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Stretch Energy Code Information Session

Did you miss the Stretch Code Information Session at Wednesday night’s Green Needham meeting? We’ve got you covered. Scroll down to see the presentation slides. Watch a rebroadcast of the meeting on The Needham Channel’s Municipal Channel (Comcast 10, RCN 13, Verizon 30): Friday, September 23rd at 7:30pm Saturday, September 24th at 12:30pm Sunday, September …read more

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Becoming a Green Community – two important upcoming meetings.

Needham is poised to become a Massachusetts Green Community this fall, but it will only happen with your support. Please join us at two upcoming meetings to learn more and to demonstrate your support. Help us join the 74 other towns and cities that are committed to becoming more sustainable, vibrant communities by investing locally …read more

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25 Communities to receive grant for electric vehicle charging stations

Hopkinton, Newton and Brookline are nearby Green Communities among 25 Massachusetts cities and towns that will receive electric vehicle charging stations under a grant program announced last November. This program will benefit early adopters of electric vehicles, including mass-market cars like the new Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The Commonwealth and towns involved in the …read more

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Massachusetts Designated Green Communities

The ranks of Massachusetts Green Communities continues to grow. In July, 2011, 21 more communities were designated Massachusetts Green Communities after meeting the qualifications for the program. These communities will now be eligible to apply for an initial cash grant to support sustainability projects in their community. As of June, 2011, 95 communities have adopted …read more

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Green Community requirements discussed at public hearing

The Green Communities Study Committee held a public hearing on Monday, June 13th to review their work to date and seek public input on Needham becoming a Massachusetts Green Community.  The program, created under the Green Communities Act, supports Massachusetts cities and towns that commit to becoming more sustainable communities by reducing energy use, promoting …read more

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Green Communities Study Committee meeting schedule

Schedule of meetings for the Green Communities Study Committee (updated on 3/16): Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 am Monday, March 7th at 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 am Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:30 am (date change from 3/21) Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 6th at 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 13th …read more

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