Toward Better and More Uniform Building Efficiency Codes
Thomas G. Hutton
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
December 17, 2010
Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2010
ZONING AND PLANNING LAW HANDBOOK, Patricia E. Salkin, ed., West, 2011 (reprinted by permission)
This article will considers the ways federal legislation can approach building efficiency codes for maximum impact. If Congress is seduced by the cost-effectiveness of improved building efficiency codes, it may seek ways to circumvent the slow and sometimes troubled state code adoption process. I am interested in exploring the ways it could do just that. I will first argue that improving building efficiency is an attractive tool for reaching national energy efficiency and carbon emissions goals, and second, consider how our federalist structure of government can accommodate federal involvement in the business of building efficiency regulation. I will then consider four potential federal policy routes to improving building efficiency nationwide.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: building, building efficiency, building efficiency code
Date posted: December 23, 2010 ; Last revised: June 16, 2011
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