Net Zero Stretch Code Municipal Support Letter
November 5, 2019

John Couture, Chair
Kerry Dietz, Vice-Chair
Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS)

Dear Chair Couture and Board Members,

Thank you for taking the first steps towards updating our current Massachusetts stretch energy code to a Net Zero standard. Giving communities the option to adopt a Net Zero stretch code will help achieve our statewide energy efficiency and climate goals, and make buildings safer, more comfortable, and more efficient for families and businesses across the Commonwealth.

Although when the Massachusetts stretch code was first developed it was considerably ahead of the base code, due to the base code catching up, it is no longer a significant improvement. As the Board is aware, many towns and cities in Massachusetts are interested in Net Zero community planning and Net Zero buildings. A Net Zero stretch code would give these communities the opportunity to improve how buildings are built now, getting us closer to meeting our climate goals as outlined by the Global Warming Solutions Act.

The communities, departments, and municipal leaders below have made commitments to efficiency, resiliency, and clean energy with the goal of supporting Net Zero buildings. The timely implementation of a Net Zero stretch code is a crucial step towards achieving our climate goals as communities and as a Commonwealth.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you on this important matter.


Governor Charles Baker
House Speaker Robert DeLeo
Senate President Karen Spilka
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