NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks

 

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2013


NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks

RALEIGH - Tonight the NC House passed H 201, Reinstate 2009 Energy Conservation Codes.  The initial version of H 201 rolled back standards for both residential and commercial buildings.  However, the residential provisions were removed from the bill and, the version of H 201 that passed the House tonight would revert the Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings back to 2009 levels. The result would be that new commercial buildings in North Carolina would be 30% less efficient than they are now required to built.

Upon the bill’s passage in the NC House, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“Energy use in buildings accounts for 70% of electricity use. Reducing energy consumption keeps our air cleaner and puts more money in our pockets.”  

“While we are relieved that the residential provisions came out of the bill, making commercial buildings less energy efficient is a big step backward.  Less efficient commercial buildings are more costly to operate and those costs will be passed on to the public.”

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