Bill Proposes New Path for Updating Pa. Building Codes

September 20, 2016 Power Source
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Pennsylvania’s new update to its plan for addressing climate change endorses the seemingly inoffensive idea that the state should adopt current building energy codes — those guides that establish the minimum energy conservation standards that new and renovated homes, and commercial buildings have to meet.

Consistently adopting up-to-date building codes, the plan says, “ultimately provides the single most cost-effective and expeditious means of achieving reductions in energy-related [greenhouse gas] emissions in the building sector,” which accounts for a large block of the nation’s total energy consumption.

The climate change advisory committee voted unanimously to endorse that section of the plan, and the state Department of Environmental Protection urged the legislature to pass it…


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