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Signing up for a Mass Save no costs home energy assessment is the best starting point to reduce your energy use by up to 15%, while making your home more comfortable. Homeowners can readily determine their own EUI by converting all their utility meter readings to BTU’s, and dividing that number by the sf areas they heat or cool. High performance homes regularly get down to 25 KBTU / sf/ YR, and with solar or other renewables, can achieve net zero energy status, and be essentially carbon free.

New homes built today must comply with the 2015 International Code Council (ICC), requiring higher levels of insulation and efficiency standards for mechanical systems, as well as what is called a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index. This nationally recognized system for determining energy performance was introduced in 2006 and has become a recognized adder in the real estate market, with over 2 million US homes now rated. A house built to the new code will score 100, while a typical existing home of 72 K BTU/SF/YR that will get a HERS score of 130.

 

Our Sustainable Milton 2019 Green Home series featured Milton architects sharing all aspects of greening our existing and new homes, from simple renovations to homes depending entirely on renewable energy. The presentations detailed practical steps in design and construction that homeowners could use to enhance the value of their homes. Architects JB Clancy (Form follow Energy) and Henry MacLean's (Do you Know the MPG of your Home?) were joined by architects Joseph Kennard and Thomas Piatt, along with an organizing committee of SM members Louie Pierro, Tucker Smith, Daryl Warner and Michael Blutt, all actively engaged in the open panel discussions.

We are proud to be here in Massachusetts, which continues to hold a top rank on energy efficiency in this country, since 2011 when Milton joined the DOER’s Green Communities Program, now with 70% of this state’s towns and cities similarly designated. These have been critical steps in preparing the pathway to transition to 100% renewable energy for our homes and communities. All of us at Sustainable Milton are grateful to be part of the larger statewide teams working towards a net zero energy world.

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