Would existing buildings or historic buildings have to be upgraded to comply with the stretch code appendix?
The stretch code appendix does not change the sections of the state base building code that apply to existing buildings and historic buildings. These sections have also remained unchanged in the base code between the 7th edition and the proposed 8th edition of the Massachusetts energy code. Specifically historic buildings listed in state or national registers, or designated as a historic property under local or state designation law or survey, or with an opinion or certification that the property is eligible to be listed, are exempt from both the base and the stretch appendix to the energy code.

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1. What is the anticipated cost to the property owner of complying with the code?
2. Will implementing the stretch code save me money on utilities?
3. What low-cost interventions can I do to meet the stretch energy code?
4. What kinds of projects trigger the stretch energy code?
5. What is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating?
6. What are the prescriptive measures that can satisfy the stretch energy code?
7. Can I limit a remodeling project to items of my own choosing?
8. If I’m doing a small remodeling project, like a kitchen or bathroom renovation, will I have to meet the stretch energy code?
9. Do I have to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating if my project is only a renovation of an existing building?
10. Would existing buildings or historic buildings have to be upgraded to comply with the stretch code appendix?
11. As a residential property owner, how would I comply with the stretch energy code?
12. What categories do multifamily residential buildings fall into?
13. What training do Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters undergo?
14. How do I find a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater?
15. How could my contractor know how to meet the stretch energy code?
16. What kinds of technical and financial help are available to property owners and contractors?
17. How would the stretch energy code be enforced?