Can I limit a remodeling project to items of my own choosing?
Applicability of the stretch energy code to renovation projects is limited to the extent of the work. For example, if windows are being replaced, then the windows must meet the code’s standards and any exposed wall cavity must be filled with insulation to the required level. But, the remainder of the building would not be required to be upgraded. Similarly, if a ceiling or wall cavity is opened, then the required level of insulation must be installed, but the remainder of the building’s ceiling and wall cavities are not required t o be upgraded with insulation. If you are replacing your boiler, you would be required to install 1 that meets the stretch code standard, but you would not be required to upgrade the building insulation. Also, certain work is exempt, including re-roofing, installation of storm windows, and alterations involving less than 50% of light fixtures in a space.

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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?