Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Building Energy Codes

Ma. StretchCode or: How I Learned to Stop Updating and Love the Timebomb

Unless Massachusetts communities push to update the state’s Stretch Code before July 1, 2014, the 20% boost in building energy efficiency it provides will evaporate, creating market confusion and violate the very concept behind its inception.

What is the Massachusetts Stretch Code?

Posted In: Buildings

Innovation and Regulation: A Winning Partnership Formula

It’s always interesting to witness a convergence of events that serve to highlight and illustrate an issue raised in the course of public debate.

Such a convergence has occurred in recent weeks, in this case involving energy efficiency standards set by the states and the federal government, which date to the days when Ronald Reagan was governor of California and public consciousness began turning to the idea that energy...

Posted In: Best Practices

The Fight for More Efficient Building Codes Comes to Atlantic City

Live updates from the Comment Hearings 10/8/2013:

The big news is that RE-166, the mechanical equipment trade-off proposal constituting a massive energy code rollback, was disapproved 76-52, overturning committee action.

The rest of the changes have been more mild:

Gains:

State Energy Efficiency Policy Rundown

Josh Craft, Manager of Public Policy Analysis

With Tools in Hand – Mainers Fight for Safe, Affordable & Comfortable Buildings

Buildings are our nation’s biggest energy guzzlers, using 40% of our energy and 70% of our electricity.

Posted In: Buildings

Green codes underway in Rhode Island – is this the future of public policy?

City Hall Annex - Cambridge's first high performance municipal building Photo: City of...

Posted In: Buildings

"If I can’t help my own family save energy, what CAN I do?"

See WGBH's report on the home energy assessment...

Posted In: Best Practices

Advocacy the theme at DOE Energy Codes 2011 Conference

Hello from Salt Lake City, where the U.S. Department of Energy is hosting its annual energy codes conference. This year's event has a decidedly different feel to it, as codes move from just being in the domain of building officials, to taking center stage for a number of...