Fighting for Better Buildings

Fighting for Better Buildings in MA 

Buidings are the 2nd largest source of emissions in the Commonwealth. Building code is a powerful tool to transform bulidings from polluters to protectors of our health, communities and the climate.

The Next Generation Roadmap bill requires that the state develop a net zero stretch code, a building that will support the construction of buildings that are energy efficient, all-electric with renewable energy generated on-site or pruchased off-site.  The state refers to this as a specialized stretch code.  

MCAN is currently mobilizing advocates to demand that the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develop a true net zero stretch code that will ensure all new buildings and major gut rehabs:

  • Have healthy indoor air 
  • Are affordable to heat and cool
  • Reduce emissions by being all-electric and super energy efficient with renewable energy generated on-site or purchased off-site 

On February 8, 2022, DOER released a straw proposal of a specialized stretch code that municipalities can adopt by early 2023. 

MCAN Actions and Resources  

In response, MCAN submitted a sign-on letter to DOER with recommendations for improving the specialized stretch code -- this letter was signed by over 300 people from 100 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Check out MCAN's toolkit to support advocates in learning more about building code and how the specialized stretch code can be improved to align with the state's net zero emissions goals by 2050 while proritizing equity issues.

Check out this flyer developed by the MA Net Zero Buidings Coalition that provides a quick overview of what a true net zero stretch code must include. 

What's next? 

DOER is expected to release a formal specialized building code language for a second opportunity for public comments in early spring -- we will post the formal building code here so stay tuned!

The second (and last) opportunity for giving public comments will most likely be during summer 2022.  Stay tuned!


  • Sarah Dooling
    published this page in Take Action 2022-03-25 13:39:01 -0400
  • Sarah Dooling
    published this page in Take Action 2022-03-25 13:35:34 -0400

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