How does the stretch code work with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings?
The commercial stretch code has 2 code compliance pathways. Both of these qualify for LEED new construction points, and require no additional work because of the stretch code. If pursuing the performance approach, then achieving the stretch code standard of 20% below American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2007 uses the same baseline and modeling as the 2009 LEED program and qualifies for 5 out of 19 LEED energy and atmosphere points. Many LEED buildings will go significantly beyond these energy efficiency requirements, in order to obtain additional LEED points. Similarly, meeting the stretch code through the core performance-based prescriptive approach qualifies for LEED points.

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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?