October 2017: Please note that the information below refers to the stretch code in 2011, at the time Needham was considering becoming a Green Community. We have reached out to the DoER Green Communities Division for updated information. DoER is working with the MA Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS is the agency that sets building code standards for the Commonwealth) to provide updated information on in a consumer-friendly form.
Until that becomes available, the formal notification of the building code changes adopted in July 2016 by the BBRS is available here.
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.