Specialized Building Code
On November 13, 2023, at Hopkinton's Special Town Meeting (starting at 7pm), one of the items on the warrant is a specialized building code, proposed by the Sustainable Green Committee to adopt a recently introduced code that ensures new residential construction uses greener technology to limit emissions. Approval is critical to achieving the Net Zero target of 2045. The measure becomes effective with a majority vote. This document provides a summary of the changes to the code and the benefits.
Use less energy and use energy from greener sources
To meet greenhouse gas emission targets, more sustainable living spaces are needed, along with more sustainable forms of transportation and other measures for saving energy and using greener energy.
Start with Mass Save to identify ways to use less energy and save money too!
Heating and cooling are among your biggest producers of emissions - look into heat pumps to reduce your impact and you may save money in the process
Use greener sources of energy by installing solar panels or purchasing from suppliers that minimize fossil fuel sources
This overall guide to incentives as part of the Inflation Reduction Act may be a good starting point for your home
The square footage per person of your living space has a significant impact on emissions to heat/cool it and to produce and transport materials for it. Plus larger and second homes disturb more natural habitat. Aim to minimize living space when making decisions about moving, building additions, or whether to have a second home. Living space per person in the US has doubled over five decades. In the US today, it's double that of most European countries. From another vantage, "high-emissions neighborhoods are primarily high income or extremely high income."