What is the anticipated cost of implementing a more stringent energy code?
Initial adoption of a higher performance standard for buildings is likely to result in slightly higher 1st costs for construction, estimated to be approximately in the 1% to 3% range for commercial buildings. However, after energy cost savings on heating and electricity are included, these higher performance standards save money.

In addition, the electric and gas utilities in the state provide financial incentives that further reduce the upfront costs of high performance buildings, and allow for faster returns on the investment in energy saving measures. Case studies of commercial buildings following the energy efficiency recommendations on which the commercial code changes are based have shown paybacks of 1 to 2 years, when standard incentives from electric utilities are included on the benefits side.

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1. How is the stretch energy code different than the existing energy code?
2. What is the anticipated cost of implementing a more stringent energy code?
3. What kinds of technical and financial help are available to property owners and contractors?
4. What building types does the stretch energy code apply to?
5. Does the stretch code apply to major renovation projects as well as new construction?
6. Does the stretch code apply to minor additions to existing buildings?
7. What happens to buildings not covered by the stretch energy code?
8. What standards are the stretch code appendix based on?
9. What is required for large new commercial buildings above 100,000 square feet?
10. What is required for new commercial buildings between 5,000 and 100,000 square feet?
11. What would be required of small new commercial buildings, below 5,000 square feet?
12. How are new commercial buildings with special energy needs handled?
13. How do the benefits and costs from the commercial stretch code standards compare to the baseline code?
14. What categories do multifamily residential buildings fall into?
15. What training and materials are available on these standards?
16. How would the stretch code be implemented and enforced?
17. How does the stretch code work with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings?
18. Does the stretch code require 3% renewable electricity or solar panels?
19. Where can I find and read more about the stretch code appendix?