Quality Information for Energy Conservation

Stretch Code Towns not Affected by July 1st Energy Code Update.


Today, July 1, several code amendments complete their concurrence period and go into full effect.  These changes affect Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, and Energy code requirements for both new and existing buildings, additions, and renovations.  If you haven’t already discussed these changes with your electrician, plumber, and fire marshal it would be a good Idea.  One estimate we have heard is that these changes will increase building costs as much as $10,000 -$15,000 per project.

As HERS raters we focus on the Energy Code. 

There has been a lot of confusion about how the new energy code (IECC 2012) will affect projects in various communities.  The answer is simple; the new code/current update (IECC 2012) only applies to communities that have NOT adopted the Stretch Code.  Stretch Code towns are un-affected.  This last May the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, the official source of the building codes, issued an official interpretation of the code supporting this position.

Click HERE to obtain a copy of the interpretation.

If you are affected by the Energy Code change, click HERE to get our analysis of the other changes in the new IECC 2012 energy code and the associated Massachusetts amendments that take effect tomorrow, July 1.  We can help you avoid spending $2,000 - $10,000 in meeting the new code.