What standards are the stretch code appendix based on?
The commercial stretch code for buildings from 5,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet is based on a comparison to the current edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2009), developed by the International Code Council (ICC), which will also be the new base energy code for Massachusetts. The energy saving improvements above the commercial IECC code are based on the New Buildings Institute (NBI) Core Performance program for commercial buildings, recently revised and published as the Core energy Code. Commercial buildings above 100,000 square feet are required to show a percentage improvement below American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2007 energy standards. This performance approach is also an option for smaller commercial buildings.

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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?