West Newbury

Committee discusses energy efficiency

The town’s Energy Advisory Committee was expected to host a public meeting this week to discuss the “stretch code.” According to the committee, the stretch code applies to new or renovated portions of a building, and ensures that they will be 15 to 20 percent more energy efficient than the state’s standard building code. It does not require upgrades to existing buildings, and registered historic sites are exempt. Adoption of the stretch code as part of the town’s building code is one of five requirements that a community must meet to qualify as a Massachusetts “green community,” and to ultimately become eligible for state grants to fund energy-efficiency projects. Green community funds received by the town can be applied toward energy-efficient building projects, such as ongoing upgrades to the Page School.