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
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
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
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.