Rhode Island’s Stretch Codes are voluntary, but they bring a lot of important advantages to all homeowners. Homes built to the program use less energy, have less negative impact on the environment, and achieve higher levels of occupant health and comfort. The Residential Stretch Code is based heavily on the US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Homes program and the US Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program. The code also addresses indoor environmental quality, building systems, and appliance efficiency. Completed homes are ready for the installation of renewable energy systems and electric vehicle charging stations.
This presentation will cover the basics of Rhode Island's innovative approach. It will focus on Zero Energy Ready Home design, but also give valuable information about how to maximize the many financial incentives available to builders and homeowners.