Quality Information for Energy Conservation

IECC 2012

It's Official.... 

It's here.

As of July 1st, 2014, IECC2012 goes into effect.

We've combed through the IECC2009, and now we're doing the same with 2012...
and presenting you with the changes that effect you most.

We know you're busy, so we've put it in an easy to read PDF -
one place for you to get the information you need most.  

On July 1, 2014 the State of Massachusetts will end the transition period for moving from the 2009 version of International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2009) to the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2012) in the 8th Edition of the state building code.  Available from our office is a summarized version of the changes for all types of residential projects from small additions and renovations to the largest multi-family buildings.  How these changes will affect builders and remodelers is dependent on two project specific questions: 

1) What is the location of the project and has the town adopted the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code?
2) How will the project manager/General Contractor approach the task of code compliance?

The answer to the first question is straight forward. Either check the list of adopting towns published by the BBRS (http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/green-communities/grant-program/stretch-code-towns-adoption-by-community-map-and-list.pdf) or check with the building department in that town. Either way the new code changes do not affect you.  The stretch code remains the same – for the time being!!


The answer to the second question depends on who is running your project and how well do they know the entire code, not just the energy code. The good and bad news with the new energy code is there are multiple paths to compliance but only one is the least expensive.  Statements like “ceiling insulation is now R-49” or “you have to use foam” or "you need to install an ERV or HRV" are too simplistic and if you believe them you will be spending your money needlessly.  

We are HERS raters, we know the code, and we can save you time and money.  


Email us anytime at codechange2012@sea.us.com,
or call us between 8 am and 5pm at 781-652-8282.