Green Building Standard Approved
Well it appears that progress is being made on building codes and standards that will support greening the construction and the use of buildings.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute) has completed its standards set for green building for all residential construction. The story on Environmental Leader (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/02/04/national-green-building-standard-approved-by-ansi/) goes into some detail.
Excerpt: “Key provisions of the standard include, construction of smaller homes to conserve resources; energy performance starting at 15 percent above the baseline requirements of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, use of low VOC materials and homeowner education on proper maintenance and operation to maintain a building’s green status throughout its life cycle.”
Also today via Green Building Law (http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/2009/02/articles/resources/resourcedepartment-of-energy-code-map/) the US Department of Energy has given us a map of the US giving the electrical building code standards by state. This could be very useful for advocacy and for those builders who work in multiple jurisdictions. The map can be found here: http://www.energycodes.gov/implement/state_codes/index.stm
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