What building types does the stretch energy code apply to?
The stretch code appendix applies to both residential and commercial buildings. The commercial parts of the stretch energy code apply only to new construction. Renovations of existing commercial buildings do not trigger the application of the stretch energy code.

The stretch energy code would apply to the construction of new commercial buildings over 5,000 square feet in size, including multifamily residential buildings over 3 stories. Specialized facilities with unusual energy usage requirements such as supermarkets, laboratories, and warehouses up to 40,000 square feet are excluded; they are covered by the base code.

Specialized facilities over 40,000 square feet are covered by the stretch code unless a waiver is obtained from the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS). Other building types with unusual energy usage profiles can also apply for a waiver from the stretch code from the BBRS.

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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?