“Green” building code debunked

What a great opinion piece in today’s Albuquerque Journal by Thom Wright of Castle Builders. He explained in specific detail how different regulations within the Albuquerque Code either make no sense or simply raise costs without doing anything to make the Code more environmentally-friendly.

Codes like this are tough for free market advocates who don’t have expertise in the field. Philosophically, we can say that unwise and extreme regulations don’t make sense economically and are unfair because prospective property owners don’t demand them (so instead we have governments imposing them), but it is more difficult to show specific examples of ways in which micro-managing aspects of the Albuquerque “green” code demands the impossible (energy star cooking appliances) or requires the addition of light fixtures for no reason.

Thank you Mr. Wright. Hopefully City Council sees the light as well.

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