Building Fuels and Energy Efficiency

The Commonwealth is implementing the following updated Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 policies in order to improve new and existing buildings’ energy performance and provide cleaner energy sources for buildings.

All Cost Effective Energy Efficiency

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Advanced Building Energy Codes

Stretch Code Adoption by Community Map

map of 248 towns that have adopted Stretch Code

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Developing a Mature Market for Renewable Thermal Tech

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  • 800+ solar hot water systems have been installed since 2011, reducing about 1,200 metric tons of GHG emissions.

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Tree Retention & Planting to Reduce Heating & Cooling

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  • 3,600+ trees were planted in 5 Gateway Cities between 2014-2015, currently reducing about 8 metric tons of GHG emissions by decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool buildings.

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Appliance and Product Standards

  • Federal appliance and product standards that were adopted between 2009 and 2015 are expected to reduce nearly 1 million metric tons of GHG emissions by 2020.

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Building Energy Rating and Labeling

building energy rating and labeling
  • Regional efforts are in progress to roll out score cards based on pilot program success in Springfield, MA

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Expanding Energy Efficiency Programs to Commercial and Industrial Heating Oil

New regulations/legislations would be required to implement this policy.

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Progress Compared to GHG Emissions in the State