Green building sets the code

The early adopters of green building standards are starting to build green building measures into code for all commercial buildings. 


While 2007 and 2008 proved big years for the widespread adoption of stricter green building standards by major cities—including Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle—the coming year is expected to bring even more, according to a recent story in Sustainable Industries . And while the trend has traditionally applied to government-owned buildings, the early adopters of green building standards, such as San Francisco and Portland, are starting to build green building measures into code for all commercial buildings.

But updating building codes is not an easy task. In Albuquerque, N.M., for example, a new green building code set to become effective Oct. 1, 2008, was placed on hold when the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and several distributors sued Albuquerque, alleging the code would have created energy efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters, and air conditioners that were more stringent than those allowed under federal law.

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