Stretch Code Development

Governor Raimondo's Executive Order 15-17 sets robust energy reduction targets and clean energy goals for State agencies consistent with her "Lead by Example" initiative (LBE EO) and broader policy goals that include clean energy industry and job growth; addressing the impacts of climate change; reducing public sector GHG emissions; and reducing public sector energy costs.

Specifically, the Governor requires the Office of Energy Resources (OER), working in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council (EERMC), National Grid, and the Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) to establish a voluntary aspirational or stretch building code based on the International Green Construction Code or equivalent by 2017. The stretch building code shall be publicly available for use in all State construction and renovation projects as well as those in the private sector.

In March 2016, OER organized a stretch code development kick-off meeting. During this meeting, a monthly meeting schedule was created and an overall work plan was developed. Members of the stretch code development team include representatives from OER, EERMC, National Grid, GBAC, the Rhode Island Code Commission, the Rhode Island Builders Association, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), and other subject matter experts.

Public Comment & Public Meeting Announcements


For the Residential Stretch Code:
OER is currently reviewing all submitted public comments on the Residential Stretch Code document and its associated compliance packet. The deadline for submitting public comments was 5pm ET on Friday, December 22, 2017. If you have any questions on this process, please contact Becca Trietch at Becca.trietch@energy.ri.gov or 401-574-9106.

The draft Residential Stretch Code and its compliance packet made available for public comment are below.

Rhode Island Residential Stretch Code
Compliance Packet

A Public Meeting on the residential stretch code document was held at 5 pm ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908. Below are the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentation. These meeting materials are also available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Residential Stretch Code Public Meeting: Meeting Minutes
Residential Stretch Code Public Meeting: PowerPoint Presentation

For the Commercial Stretch Code: OER is currently reviewing all submitted public comments on the Commercial Stretch Code document. The deadline for submitting public comments was 5pm ET on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. If you have any questions on this process, please contact Becca Trietch at Becca.trietch@energy.ri.gov or 401-574-9106.

The draft Commercial Stretch Code made available for public comment is below.

Rhode Island Commercial Stretch Code

A Public Meeting on the commercial stretch code document was held at 5 pm ET on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908. Below are the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentation. These meeting materials are also available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Commercial Stretch Code Public Meeting: Meeting Minutes
Commercial Stretch Code Public Meeting: PowerPoint Presentation

 

What is a Stretch Code?

A stretch code is a building code or compliance pathway that is more aggressive than base code. Also known as "reach codes", stretch codes can be either voluntary or mandatory. Their main purpose is to help buildings achieve higher energy savings and implement advanced building practices.