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Date:
December 12, 2023
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Isaac Harris Cary Memorial Building (Cary Hall)
Address:
1605 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
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Massachusetts Residential Energy Code Training: Residential Existing Buildings

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Updates to the Residential Stretch Energy Code went into effect on January 1, 2023 and the Municipal Opt-In Specialized Code will go into effect on January 1, 2024 for many MA communities that have voted to adopt it. The Towns of Acton, Concord, and Lexington are hosting two in-person trainings for building professionals that will cover the recent and upcoming changes to the codes and what it means for your work.

For Building Professionals Working in Acton, Concord, or Lexington

Updates to the Residential Stretch Energy Code went into effect on January 1, 2023, and the Municipal Opt-In Specialized Code will go into effect on January 1, 2024, for many MA communities that have voted to adopt it. The Towns of Acton, Concord, and Lexington are hosting two in-person trainings for building professionals that will cover the recent and upcoming changes to the codes and what it means for your work.

The trainings will be run by PSD Consulting and have been approved for continuing education for MA code officials and CSL licensees. See detailed course descriptions below—please note that discussion of the new Specialized Code will be covered in Course 1.

The trainings are free for participants, but registration is required and attendance will be capped at 50 participants.

Residential Buildings Overview (1 hour)

Residential renovations, alterations, repairs, and additions make up the largest proportion of building permit applications; yet confusion abounds as to how the new energy code requires HERS ratings on these projects and when it does not. This course will provide an overview of the new requirements. Solar readiness and how it applies will also be discussed. This course will cover several of the most common types of existing home projects and describe the applicability of the most important energy code provisions. 

2023 Residential Existing Buildings, Additions (1 hour)

This course covers how an addition is impacted by the new energy code. When does an addition require a HERS rating and when it does not. This course covers the HERS process and requirements. What is a passing score for an addition? How does Solar Ready apply to additions? Do all additions need blower door testing? Examples of different types of additions are used in the course to show when a HERS rating is needed and not needed.

2023 Residential Existing Buildings, Alterations (1 hour)

This course covers how an alteration is impacted by the new energy code. When does an alteration require a HERS rating and when it does not. This course covers the HERS process and requirements. What is a passing score for an addition? How does Solar Ready apply to alterations? Examples of different types of alterations are used in the course to show when a HERS rating is needed and not needed.


Questions? Contact Andrea Becerra (abecerra@acton-ma.gov) in Acton, Eric Simms (esimms@concordma.gov) in Concord, or Maggie Peard (mpeard@lexingtonma.gov) in Lexington.

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