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
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
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
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.