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Town Stretch Code Adoption Process

February 23, 2010 - The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) has revised its regulations regarding the local adoption process for the Stretch Code.  Of particular note is that the regulation no longer states that a town can adopt the Stretch Code by vote of the Board of Selectman.  As a result, the Green Communities Division has developed the attached guidance for towns, which advises them to adopt the Stretch Code via their town meeting process.  Sample article language and a sample bylaw are included in the Guidance for Stretch Code Adoption document.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact your regional coordinator.

 Northeast Region – Joanne Bissetta,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Central Region – Kelly Brown,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Western Region – Jim Barry,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Southeast Region – Seth Pickering,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
Cambridge Approves Stretch Energy Code

December 21, 2009 - Cambridge City Councilors have voted unanimously to adopt the Stretch Energy Code. The new code – aimed to enforce energy efficient guidelines for new renovations and newly constructed buildings – will go into effect on July 1, 2010.

The formal vote was on Policy Order 11. The Council also received Committee Report 1 from the December 9, 2009 meeting of the Council’s Health and Environment Committee on this issue.

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Monthly Report 

Cambridge CCD Stretch Energy Code Website

 
Newton First to Adopt Stretch Energy Code

Nov 2, 2009 - The City of Newton became the first community in Massachusetts to adopt the Stretch Energy Code. 

"With the adoption of the Stretch Code, the City of Newton continues its long and 
proud tradition of environmental leadership," said Mayor Cohen. "The adoption of 
the Stretch Code means that Newton will begin to adhere to the most rigorous 
environmental standards of any Massachusetts community for residential and 
most commercial construction."

Newton's Press Release     Newton Tab Article 


 
Massachusetts Approves Stretch Energy Code
Massachusetts announced that a code change proposal relating to energy conservation was approved by the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS) at the May 12, 2009 meeting and will become an appendix to the MA State Building Code (780 CMR) on or about August 1, 2009.  It is based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2009.

 

This appendix may be adopted by any municipality in the commonwealth, by decision of its governing body. In a city having a Plan D or Plan E charter the governing body shall be the city manager and the city council, and in any other city the mayor and city council. In towns the governing body shall be the board of selectmen. In order to be adopted, the appendix must be considered at an appropriate municipal public hearing, subject to the municipality’s existing public notice provisions. If adopted by a municipality this appendix rather than 780 CMR 13, 34, 61, or 93, as applicable, shall govern.

 

Also at the May 12 meeting a concurrency period and a training policy were approved. Concurrency period is a period when either the new code or the existing code can be used but not comingled. The BBRS approved a concurrency period of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months, with such period to begin on either January 1 or July 1 of any year. In addition a town or city which adopts the appendix must provide training to the building official.  If you have comment or questions on this subject please forward them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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