New Energy Code for North Carolina (Tues Tip)

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Did you know that new energy-efficient building rules will be required for commercial and residential construction starting in March 2012?  The new rules, passed by the NC Building Code Council last week,  are designed to promote green buildings, lower consumers’ energy bills and cut the state’s carbon emissions. 

The News and Observer reports the vote came with a highly unusual requirement – orchestrated by homebuilders and   Gov. Bev Perdue’s office – that the council make amendments to the residential code that will offset the cost of    achieving the higher standards for homes.

(Thanks to North Carolina Construction News for highlighting this new regulation).

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