EZ Code

I’ve been involved with a campaign with MCAN to push for a next zero building code statewide for quite some time now. The state’s Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), the agency tasked with keeping the building code fit for purpose, has pushed back saying that municipalities aren’t ready for it and that they wanted to review actual code language. Well, now they’re out of excuses. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Built Environment Plus and MAPC drafted a version a stretch code, called the Energy Zero or EZ Code, and presented it to the BBRS, recruiting the Mayor of Lowell and a representative from the Mayor’s office in Pittsfield to speak on its behalf. (Notably, that’s two municipalities far from Boston. Today, I wrote to a city council member asking her to write to the BBRS in support of the EZ Code.

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