- $15,000: Town — Electric vehicles (2)
- $49,514: Horace Mann School — Smart LED lighting
- $24,895: Horace Mann School — Transformer
- $12,194: Remington Jefferson School — Transformer
- $49,299: Keller Sullivan School — Transformer
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Friday, July 15, 2022
Town of Franklin Awarded 150k by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Take action to provide DOER your input on the proposed building stretch codes
Via the Massachusetts Climate Action Network
"Join us and voice your concerns about the Department of Energy Resources (DOER's) stretch energy building code & demand that the code accelerate the construction of energy-efficient, all-electric buildings powered by renewable & clean energy. "
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/DOERDirectAction
In the Making Sense of Climate series, Ted McIntyre and I talk many times about the stretch codes and how that can help the overall approach to reducing green house gases. You can provide feedback to the DOER in these sessions, to help get the stretch codes to make a difference. You can find the series here ->
|Take action to provide DOER your input on the proposed building stretch codes|
If you are not sure about stepping up to speak in the one of the sessions, MCAN also offers session on writing a letter to provide your input.
"MCAN and our partners will be hosting three workshops to build awareness, support, and confidence on making informed comments. Experts and highly informed advocates will be in attendance to answer any questions you have and provide further insight into the details of the most recent code.
Join us for our Letter Writing Workshop on July 20th at 7:00 p.m. to learn and ask about DOER's proposed Stretch Code, the comment process, and set aside time for comment drafting. "
RSVP at: bit.ly/DOERLetterWriting
|Letter Writing Workshops|
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Updated Stretch Energy Code Regulations scheduled for hearing & public comment
"Draft Stretch Energy Code Regulations have been filed with the Secretary of State on June 24th.These codes are now open for public comment. Please join the dates below and provide your feedback. Virtual Link for August 8th meeting:
|Updated Stretch Energy Code Regulations scheduled for hearing & public comment|
Sunday, March 20, 2022
DOER stretch building codes get comments from Attorney General Healey
The comment period on the proposed stretch goals for building codes closed on Friday, Mar 18, 2022. There had been news articles reporting that Attorney General Maura Healey's office had turned down some local legislation for Brookline because the State rules did not allow them to go that far. Her office issued comments on Friday that confirmed DOER had the right to continue with the stretch goals to allow a community to go all electric.
"Attorney General Maura Healey told state officials today they have the authority to create an energy code that allows municipalities to ban the use of oil and gas in future construction projects"
|AG's office comments on stretch building code goals|
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
DOER has scheduled seminars to obtain feedback on stretch code proposal
DOER Announces Public Hearings on New Stretch Code Proposal
Dear Building Energy Code Stakeholder,
DOER will hold five virtual public hearings to receive comment on its Straw Proposal for Stretch Code update and New Specialized Stretch Code released on February 8th. The following information can be reviewed in advance of the hearings at DOER's new Stretch Code Development webpage:
2. Recording of February 8 Webinar (registration required to view)
3. Summary of stretch code analysis informing straw proposal
Interpretation services will be provided at all hearings in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
March 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 3, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
March 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 7, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
March 8, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DOER will provide a brief presentation to respond to clarifying questions received in advance of the public hearing, however the majority of the time is reserved to hear public comments. Public comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person to ensure all participants have a chance to provide comment.
To submit questions or to sign up to give public comment at a hearing please send an email to email@example.com with the title ‘Comment for Public Hearing’ and include your name, organizational affiliation and municipality where you work or reside, as applicable. There will be four regional hearings and one additional hearing dedicated to Environmental Justice communities statewide. At each regional hearing, comments and questions from participants representing communities in the designated region will be prioritized. Visit the Green Communities webpage to find out which region your community is in.
REMINDER: DOER highly encourages written comments on the Straw Proposal for Stretch Code update and New Specialized Stretch Code to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Stretch Code Straw Proposal Comments”. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm EST on March 9th, 2022
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
2022 DOER Proposed Building Code Updates - slide deck
"BAKER ADMINISTRATION officials unveiled a slide deck on Tuesday that outlines in broad strokes how they intend to use updates to two existing state building codes and the development of a third more restrictive code to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions coming from newly constructed commercial and residential buildings.
The new building codes are scheduled to take effect next year after a public comment period and regulatory hearings. It’s expected new construction regulated by the building codes over the next 27 years will account for 27 percent of all building space by 2050, when state law requires Massachusetts to reach net zero emissions."
|2022 DOER Proposed Building Code Updates - slide deck|