By The Green Register:
This week, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Washington’s energy efficient building code – a code that sets standards that is saving Washington families and businesses millions of dollars on energy bills and reducing harmful global warming pollution. The energy code sets minimum standards for energy efficiency for new homes throughout the state, and has been in effect since 2011. Although supported by many Washington builders, the Building Industry Association of Washington had challenged Washington’s code, alleging that it conflicted with federal law, despite the fact that the code gives builders the flexibility to pick from a large range of energy efficiency options.
Ruling in favor of Washington State and conservation and energy groups, the appellate court found that federal law does not trump Washington’s building code because the code does not mandate the use of major appliances that exceed federal energy efficiency standards and the options are based on scientific modeling. Instead, Washington and other states are free to give consumers and home builders options to increase the energy efficiency of their new homes… Read more