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In honor of National Energy Efficiency Day, DOER would like to highlight some of the programs and initiatives that  have helped make Massachusetts the most energy efficient state in the nation for the sixth year in a row.

Mass Save, a utility run-ratepayer funded program, offers a wide spectrum of energy efficiency measures for your home and business. By offering residential and commercial ratepayers benefits like no cost on-line home energy assessment , no cost in-home energy audits,  and discounts on energy efficiency products, our program administrators have made Mass Save a one stop shop for finding energy savings.

In July, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards voted unanimously to adopt the latest national model building energy code together with a streamlined update to the Massachusetts stretch energy code. This code update keeps the Commonwealth on the leading edge in adopting the latest national model energy code, as well as offering towns and cities the opportunity to adopt a stretch energy code. To date 178 municipalities have elected to adopt the Stretch energy code, a key component of receiving a “Green Communities” designation.

DOER also runs a Leading by Example division that sets aggressive targets for facilities owned and operated by the Commonwealth regarding greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, green buildings, and water conservation.

Massachusetts is proud that over 50 state owned buildings have received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification recognizing advanced energy and environmental design. Currently 55 state buildings, totaling over 8.4 million square feet across 29 state agencies, authorities, and campuses, are LEED Certified. The LEED standard, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), awards certifications in Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels for clean energy, energy efficiency and environmental design integration. Over 60% of the state certified buildings are certified at the top two levels of Gold or Platinum.

These are just some of the examples on how Massachusetts is leading the way on energy efficiency helping to ensure a clean, affordable and resilient energy future.

Please visit our Energy Efficiency Division for more information on these and other programs.

 

 

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