In his first column for the newly launched CodeWatcher magazine, Green Builder Media founder Ron Jones talks about builders’ reactions to regulation.
If one were to listen only to the endless railings of the building industry voices against every form of regulation–but most especially any proposed increases in energy performance requirements and the attendant adoption of codes and standards that are developed to implement and enforce those enhancements–it might be easy to assume that the loud and stubborn opposition on the part of industry practitioners is universal. My experience tells me that nothing could be further from the truth.
Green Builder Media is constantly exploring new frontiers, including changing codes that require homes to be more efficient, healthier, and durable. To that end, we just launched CodeWatcher offering essential information about code changes.
As Green Builder Media enters our second decade, we reflect on all of the changes that have transpired in both the building industry and our company. It all started in 2006 with the launch of Green Builder magazine—a trade publication that we hoped would affect positive change by offering enlightened content for progressive readers.
America’s mayors delivered a crystal clear message at their June annual meeting: Energy codes protect our homeowners and tenants, our grids, and our Nation.
On June 27 this year, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously adopted Resolution 49 in support of putting America’s Model Building Energy Code–the IECC–on a path of reasonable, but steady improvements toward net zero building construction. Mayors made it clear they do not want the 2018 IECC, which will be finalized this November, to be the first energy code that is weaker than the IECC it updates.
The confrontation over resilient construction practices is just a continuation of the age-old battle between those who search for ways to maximize short term profits versus those who choose to deliver lasting value.
Another battlefront is taking shape on the already crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry. This is in no way intended to suggest that the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, storm water management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements, and a host of others have been resolved, or that they have even been quieted significantly. We simply have another brewing fight to add to the list…the call for more resilient building
Use of graywater makes sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?
Today, the technology and know-how exists to take graywater from washing machines and showers—as well as rainwater collected from roofs—and use that water to flush toilets and irrigate landscapes. That same water can be brought back into the house, treated, and used yet again. It makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?
New Publication and Website: The Most Influential Place for Building Code News
April 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder® Media is proud to announce the launch of Code Watcher, a brand-new title that is dedicated to covering information, news, and trends related to residential building codes, ratings, programs, and safety rules.
The IECC - 2009, 2012 and 2015: A Cross-Code Comparison.
THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL (ICC) continues to develop the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a three-year cycle which has culminated in the latest version, the 2015 IECC. However, not every state is inclined to follow the same cycle when it comes to adoption of the IECC. Reasons for non-adoption vary, from perceived cost implications to lack of enforcement resources to complexity of changes.
Florida eliminates solar rebate programs; meanwhile, California curbs Homeowners Associations from prohibiting drought-tolerant plants.
Regulation Information: In late November, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 in favor of a utility-backed proposal to eliminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015 and lowering the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent. This was decided after a very lengthy debate that lasted almost two hours, and the debate might not be over. Environmental groups are considering whether the PSC violated state law by instituting a policy that leaves utilities with virtually no energy efficiency requirements.