How is the stretch energy code different than the existing energy code?
The stretch energy code is more stringent than the state’s base building code. For residential buildings it is roughly equivalent to meeting the Massachusetts requirements of the National Energy Star for Homes (Tier 2) standard for new buildings and the Energy Star base standard for building renovations, and includes provisions for 3rd party testing and rating of building energy performance.

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1. What is the stretch energy code appendix?
2. How is the stretch energy code different than the existing energy code?
3. Why did the commonwealth add the stretch energy code option to the state building code?
4. How would it be adopted by Brookline?
5. Why is Brookline considering adoption of the code?
6. If Brookline adopts the stretch energy code, when does it go into effect?
7. If the state is making the statewide energy code more stringent, why should Brookline adopt the stretch energy code?
8. What are some of the expected benefits to a municipality of a more stringent energy code?