In a bid to achieve its climate goals of reducing 80% carbon emissions by the year 2050, Massachusetts is considering the implementation of an updated code which pushes buildings to generate as much energy as they consume.

While there have been contentions that a net-zero policy would put too much emphasis on an individual building rather than a neighbourhood, some of the state’s municipalities are interested in pushing the boundaries of sustainability and choosing tighter energy requirements. The intent is to create highly energy efficient buildings on the limited undeveloped spaces to effectively focus on pollution reductions.

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