Massachusetts Energy Code Changes 2017
Massachusetts has amended its 8th edition of the state’s building codes to include the 2015 IECC/ASHRAE 2013, effective as of January 1, 2017. The adopted code includes state amendments to the base energy code (residential and commercial, to be published), as well as an updated stretch energy code (adopted as is).
The Center for EcoTechnology is offering training sessions to help builders and industry partners understand the changes and provide practical solutions to help achieve the new standards. Registration for the training sessions is $35.00 per person, and you can register below. No continued learning credits will be awarded for this training.
The training sessions will take place from 8:30 am-11:00 am for all dates, and will be held at EcoBuilding Bargains, located at 83 Warwick Street in Springfield.
Please enter the number of people who will be attending the training in the Quantity box corresponding to the training session of your choice, then press the Submit Order button; you will be taken to another page to complete your payment details. Please list the names of all attendees in the Comments &/Or Shipping Instructions box on the payment details page.
Main residential energy code changes for non-stretch code towns:
- Prescriptive window U-value requirement now 0.30 (rather than 0.32)
Main residential energy code changes for stretch code towns:
- Maximum allowable air leakage is 3.0 ACH50
- The Maximum allowable HERS index, before including any renewable energy systems, is 55. As an alternative, dwelling unit can be certified as ENERGY STAR v3.1 or as a Passive House. A higher HERS index is allowed for homes with PV systems, clean biomass systems, solar thermal systems, and geothermal heat pumps.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 413-586-7350 x242.
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