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Built Environment Network


The Built Environment Network focuses on Climate Actions designed to:

  • promote and facilitate the transition to energy efficient structures utilizing renewable energy sources
  • facilitate changes to the current building codes
  • promote and support transition to renewable energy sources for heating for all public buildings and
  • promote legislation to require solar power for new construction.


The Built Environment Network’s  Climate Actions for 2020


Support, promote and advocate for expansion of energy efficient affordable housing throughout the region.
  Engage with CVEC funding on affordable housing
Determine availability of matching state grants for low to moderate housing.
Engage with Cape Light Compact on programs
Support and advocate for all affordable housing projects (Ch. 40B) to be net zero.
Work with Cape Cod Commission and provide support for development of model zoning bylaw that addresses density, walkability, sewer connections.
Support and advocate for State and local adoption of the strongest possible building codes/energy codes available (aim for passive house).
  Advocate for legislation on state level for updating building codes to set net zero goal.
Support stretch code efforts in towns that are not currently stretch: Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Barnstable, Eastham.
Support and promote strengthened and equitable enforcement of building codes.
  Increase training for Builders on updated codes.
  Develop training materials and programs targeted to town building staff.
Engage regional architects, builders, contractors, realtors and others associated with the Built Environment to commit to goals reaching Net Zero.
  Engage with builders to participate in the dialogue and solutions.
Connect with “Homebuilders” through Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod and initiate targeted conversations.
Where possible, publicize and promote availability of energy efficiency funds.
Increase training for Builders on updated codes.
Persuade realtors to use a HERS “green stamp” on qualifying listings.
Support and advocate for a moratorium on new single family dwelling units.
  Advocate for the housing choice bill.
  Cape Cod Commission DCPC as an option?
Support a moratorium on new gas hookups.
  See San Luis Obispo
Partner with and support Cape Cod Commission’s focus on regional plan amendments to increase efficiency / strategic electrification
Support climate-focused education efforts across the region.
  Develop built energy-focused materials for the Climate Education Database.
Support community education and demonstration projects.
Develop training materials for builders, contractors, realtors.