The Town of Maynard’s Green Communities Committee
gave a presentation on Monday, June 6th in which provided details of the "Stretch Code. Greg Krantz from "Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR" took the audience through many features of the Stretch Code, explaining how a variety of relatively conservative energy efficiency measures can be used to help residential and commercial buildings meet higher standards of construction.
What is a Green Community?
The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program works with municipalities toward qualification as a Green Community and provides funding to qualified municipalities for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
By meeting the following five criteria, a designated Green Community demonstrates a commitment to reducing energy consumption, pursuing clean renewable and alternative energy projects, and providing economic development in the clean energy sector.
Criteria #1: Provides as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research & development, or manufacturing facilities.
Criteria #2: Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities.
Criteria #3: Establish benchmark for energy use and developed a plan to reduce baseline by 20 percent within 5 years.
Criteria #4: Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles.
Criteria #5: Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction; one way to meet these requirements is to adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code.
Thank you to our sponsors for the 2011 Energy & Sustainability Fair.
Bill McKibben Speaks at Power Shift Conference
In front of 10,000 young climate leaders, Bill lays out an inspiring vision for our movement, and issues an impassioned call to action.MassCEC Announces Residential Rebate Program for Solar Hot Water
"BOSTON—Building on the success of the Commonwealth Solar rebate programs, which have installed nearly 34 MW of solar energy throughout the Commonwealth since 2007, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today unveiled a new rebate program to help residents finance solar hot water projects."
Read the full story at the MassCEC website