There are 5 requirements to be designated as a Green Community. Rehoboth has met some already and is working to complete the rest. One requirement is that the voters adopt a change to the local building code by adopting the “Stretch Code” at a town meeting. The Stretch Code is a building code that applies to NEW construction and replaces the prior code, or “Base Code.” It increases the energy efficiency and reduces the life-cycle energy costs of new homes and businesses. Adopting the Stretch Code is a requirement for becoming a Green Community.
The Stretch Code requires new homes to meet a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) target of 55. It is based on performance only, so builders have the flexibility to meet this rating using whatever energy efficiency methods they choose.