What categories do multifamily residential buildings fall into?
Residential multifamily buildings that are above 100,000 square feet and at least 4 stories tall have to follow the same performance path (20% better than the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 90.12007) as other commercial buildings larger than 100,000 square feet. Residential buildings between 5,000 and 100,000 square feet and at least 4 stories tall would be classified with commercial buildings between 5,000 and 100,000 square feet. Multifamily buildings with 1 to 3 stories of any size fall under the residential stretch code standards. In the rare case of a multifamily building of 3 stories or less that is larger than 100,000 square feet, the developer may elect to be treated either as a residential or as a commercial building.

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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?