The residential energy code includes guidelines for every energy-related aspect of the building. It has standards for everything from air sealing and insulation to programmable thermostats and energy efficient lighting. Even though the code was passed in 1997, many builders are still not aware of it or may have heard of it but are not familiar with the details. Tyler Yandow, the Zoning Administrator in Dorset, noted that educating homeowners and builders regarding code compliance has been a priority of the town through providing information with zoning paperwork. Dorset has required compliance with RBES since 2013, without it they will not issue a certificate of occupancy that is necessary for the occupants to move in.
Read more about this initiative on the Community Energy Dashboard.