RALEIGH, NC - Earlier today the Senate Commerce Committee approved H 201 on a voice vote. The bill would revert commercial building codes to 2009 standards, which are effectively 2004 standards. In other words, H 201 would reduce minimum energy efficiency requirements in commercial construction by 30%.
The bill now heads to the full Senate.
“Energy efficient building codes put North Carolinians to work. The current code creates jobs in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, transportation and the design and construction of new buildings” said Molly Diggins, State Director.
Mississippi, which has historically ranked last in the country in efficiency standards, has an improved building code going into effect on July 1, 2013. South Carolina’s current minimum code for commercial buildings would be 15% more efficient than North Carolina’s if H 201 becomes law.
“For businesses seeking to open up shop in the Southeast, North Carolina would become far less attractive than our neighbors for the cost of operating commercial buildings”, said Diggins. “Energy bills for new commercial buildings in our state would be 15% to 30% higher than South Carolina and Mississippi.”
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