If the state is making the statewide energy code more stringent, why should Brookline adopt the stretch energy code?
The state’s base code is a minimum standard. Technology is readily available to achieve significantly greater levels of efficiency. The stretch energy code would be about 20% more efficient than the state’s base code, so it would save more energy and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For new residential construction, 3rd party verification would be required (optional for renovations), which would provide building owners and contractors with a way to ensure quality control of energy efficiency installations and ease the administration of the code for inspectors.

Codes also “even the playing field” for property owners and developers. Some choose to take advantage of short term savings by avoiding initial costs or passing on building operating costs to renters and lessees. If codes set a low standard, owners and developers that implement energy efficiency measures that have initially higher costs but later payoff with operating savings are put at a disadvantage relative to others.

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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?