Why did the commonwealth add the stretch energy code option to the state building code?
In Massachusetts, cities and towns are legally required to follow the state building and energy codes. Local codes are not permitted. However as concerns mount about rising energy costs, climate change, and national dependence on foreign energy sources, many municipalities have asked the state for a stronger state energy code or the right to adopt stronger codes at the local level.

On the other hand, the state and the development community are concerned about having multiple inconsistent building and energy standards at the local level.

In balancing these tensions, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) decided to adopt 1 alternative energy code, based on national standards, expert analysis, and cost effectiveness to give communities an option to require stronger energy performance in buildings.

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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?