If Brookline adopts the stretch energy code, when does it go into effect?
The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) regulations require a 6-month concurrency period between adoption and implementation. In order for the stretch energy code to go into effect on January 1 of any year, it must have been adopted by the City Council by July 1 of the previous year. Similarly, to go into effect by July 1, adoption must take place by January 1 of that same year.

The BBRS is limiting adoption dates to two a year to avoid confusion in the development community. Property owners may voluntarily choose to follow the stretch energy code during the concurrency period, but building inspectors would allow compliance through either the base code or the stretch code during that period.

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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?