With the energy costs skyrocketing, Massachusetts has created a Stretch code Newton MA to define what energy saving requirements apply to all new construction. It ensures that the building is energy efficient and meets energy code compliance.

It is important to hire home energy raters when you are building a house. They will ensure that the steps are taken from the ground up to make sure your home complies with the energy code and saves money on future heating and cooling bills. Things to look for include insulation in the walls to stop heat or cold from escaping through the walls, energy rated double paned windows to prevent heat or cold from escaping through the windows, attic insulation, foundation compliance and proper duct work.

Things to look for in a home energy rater include myriad variables. How much do they charge for their services? Do they have a good track record including testimonials from previous clients? How long have they been in service? Are they up to date on the newest code requirements? Do they have the manpower to see your project through – from pouring the foundation to putting the finishing touches on the house? Do they have the experience to determine the most cost effective way to build an energy efficient home? Do they work to identify any weak links during the design process? Can they build an energy profile of the home to determine the most effective strategy for energy conservation?

The stretch code is a voluntary program to meet or exceed the energy requirements. Massachusetts is considering becoming an early user of the “Climate Choice” program which is an upgrade to the existing Energy Star for Homes program, including aggressive energy savings and an emphasis on quality construction.

Home energy conservation is a critical point when building a new home. It’s good for the environment as well as the homeowner’s pocketbook. Taking the steps in the building process is much easier than trying to retrofit a pre-built house to make sure it is up to the proper energy codes. It’s also cheaper to do it in the building phase.

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