Newburyport Historic District & the Stretch Code

Regardless if the Stretch Code is adopted or not, the historic homes within the Newburyport Historic District will be exempted.      
 
To help clarify this position, the Stretch Energy Code clearly states the following:
 
                     101.2 Scope. This code applies to residential and commercial buildings.
                     Buildings not included in this scope shall comply with 780 CMR 13, 34, 61, or 93, as applicable.
 

780 CMR is the Massachusetts Building Code.       Historic homes are under section 93.        The other sections deal with Energy Star and LEED-certified buildings and other energy-saving standards.

I am a little confused and perhaps someone can e-mail a clarification who knows.     I went to the Salisbury Stretch Code meeting and the speaker indicated that a home doesn’t have to be a National Register home just that it has been deemed "historical".        But Section 93 indicates that this granting of "historical" can only be assigned by the Massachusetts Historical Comission (Mass Historic).     A local historical commission can assign a home the designation of "historically significant" but I don’t see such wording in section 780 CMR 9309.        

What I was assuming he was saying was that if you have an historic home outside of the Newburyport Historic District, all you would need to be exempted is to have a local historical commission assign "historic" to a home.        He seemed to imply the process was easier than having National Register status.

I see no evidence of this.     Anyone out there willing to clarify?

As for the other exemptions, if you voluntarily took the trouble to upgrade your home to Energy Star or LEED status, then you have basically fulfilled the Stretch Code and are exempt from expensive inspection and testing.      I particularly have in mind the example of the historic home at the east corner of Federal and Water which was made LEED-certified.    

THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS THAT ENERGY STAR AND LEED ARE VOLUNTARY.    IF A COMMUNITY ADOPTS THE STRETCH CODE, IT WILL ADOPT THOSE HIGH STANDARDS MANDATORILY.   ALL OF COURSE IN RETURN FOR FINANCIAL ‘GOODIES’ FOR THE COMMUNITY.    iF THE CITY DOES NOT ADOPT THE STRETCH CODE, VOLUNTARY BUT CONCERNED CITIZENS CAN STILL STRIVE FOR THESE HIGHER EFFICIENCIES FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT AND PROBABLY ASSISTED AND ENCOURAGED BY THE BUILDING INSPECTOR, THE EAC, THE ECO-COLLABORATIVE, SEED, TRANSITION NEWBURYPORT, ETC.

MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY?   Citizens will have to decide.

-P. Preservationist

PS. I have added information on the Stretch Code to the Current Events folder.       Rather than downloading the huge 780 CMR, it is much easier to research it online.

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