Sustainable Arlington

An Envision Arlington committee & a Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) chapter

Folder Net Zero


default Arlington’s Net Zero Action Plan (Feb. 2021)

A roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to net zero by 2050.

This Net Zero Action Plan was developed by the Town of Arlington and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

default Net Zero Building Codes

Net zero buildings are the future for better, more efficient building construction. MCAN (Mass. Climate Action Network) is committed to improving our building code in two ways: first, by passing a net zero stretch code, and second, by improving our base code.

Better buildings make our communities safer, healthier, and more climate-friendly.

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default What is a building code?

Building codes have a long and dynamic history. They are ancient, written into the Bible and Hammurabi’s Code. The first American building code was enacted in Boston in 1631 when the Governor outlawed thatched roofs and wooden chimneys, for reasons you can doubtless imagine.

Today, building codes are a powerful tool that can either transform our buildings into a climate solution – or maintain buildings’ current status as an enormous contributor to climate change.

Building codes reflect societal values, our need for safety and for comfort, and, in this moment of the climate crisis, they must soon reflect our commitment to a livable future.

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