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Building Energy Code (Massachusetts)
DSIRE/DtAdd 2006-07-27  +
DSIRE/LstUpdt October 17, 2012  +
Incentive/Active true  +
Incentive/ApplDsc Commercial  + , Residential  +
Incentive/CodeChgCycle The state Board of Building Regulations an
The state Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) is required to revise the building code to the latest version of the IECC every three years. Public hearings are held each May and November to consider proposed modifications to the code. Most recent update effective February 5, 2011.
recent update effective February 5, 2011.  +
Incentive/CommCode Eighth Edition, Massachusetts Base Building Code (780 CMR) -- Chapter 13 stipulates that new buildings comply with 2009 IECC with MA amendments  +
Incentive/ContAddr One Ashburton Place, RM 1301  +
Incentive/ContDept State Board of Building Regulations and Standards  +
Incentive/ContName Tom Riley  +
Incentive/ContPhone (617) 727-3200  +
Incentive/ContPlace Boston, Massachusetts  +
Incentive/ContWebsite  +
Incentive/ContZip 02108  +
Incentive/DsireSyncDate 2011-04-30 16:26:46  +
Incentive/EnergyCat Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs  +
Incentive/ImplSector State/Territory  +
Incentive/Name Building Energy Code  +
Incentive/ResCode Eighth Edition, Massachusetts Building Code Residential Volume (780 CMR) stipulates that new homes comply with 2009 IECC, with MA amendments.  +
Incentive/Summary ''Much of the information presented in thi
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [ DOE] and [ BCAP] websites.'' The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards has authority to promulgate the [ Massachusetts State Building Code (MSBC)]. The energy provisions in the MSBC were developed by the Board's Energy Advisory Committee. The state's 351 cities and towns enforce the code. Only a building code board of appeals, consisting of specified technical members, may grant a variance to the code. The 8th Edition of the Massachusetts Commercial Building Code became effective on February 5, 2011 and the 8th Edition of the Residential Code became effective on July 1, 2011. For more information about the current editions of the codes, the [ Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS)]. <u><strong>History</strong></u> Legislation enacted in July 2008 ([ S.B. 2768]) authorized the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards to adopt the most recent International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as part of the state building code, together with any more stringent energy-efficiency provisions that the board, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The energy provisions of the state building code must be updated within one year of any revision to the IECC. The 7th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code became effective on October 6, 2008. The residential code update was fully effective immediately. For commercial buildings, there was a 6-month interim period until April 6, 2009 in which either the 6th or the 7th edition of the commercial code could be used. In May 2009, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) [ approved Appendix 120AA] as an optional amendment to the 7th edition Massachusetts Building Code 780 CMR. This optional "stretch code" was developed in response to the call for improved local building energy efficiency in the state. Towns and cities may adopt Appendix 120AA as an alternative to the base energy efficiency requirements of 780 CMR and the forthcoming 8th edition, based on the 2009 IECC. The appendix, which includes both a residential and commercial stretch code, is designed to be about 30% more stringent than the 2006 IECC/ASHRAE 90.1-2004 (20% more efficient than IECC 2009). Switching to the "stretch code" is one of the criteria required for local communities to qualify for the DOER's [ Green Communities Grant Program]. There are [ 104 communities], including Boston, that have adopted the stretch code in Massachusetts (as of January 2012). For more information on the energy provisions of the Massachusetts Building Code, see [ Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs Building Energy Codes Web site].
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Incentive/TechDsc Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building +
Incentive/Type Building Energy Code +
OpenEI/PageDescription Building Energy Code: energy incentive program.  +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Energy Incentives  + , Massachusetts  + , Building Energy Code  +
Place Massachusetts: Energy Resources +
Website  +
Categories Rules Regulations Policies Incentive Programs , Incentive with Contacts
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