Toward Better and More Uniform Building Efficiency Codes
ZONING AND PLANNING LAW HANDBOOK, Patricia E. Salkin, ed., West, 2011 (reprinted by permission)
50 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2010 Last revised: 16 Jun 2011
Date Written: December 17, 2010
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.
Keywords: building, building efficiency, building efficiency code
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