Code Officials: Here’s Your Chance to Be a Climate Hero

Published by NRDC: Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, and once built, they last a long time—60 to 100 years or more. To solve the climate crisis, we need buildings to use far less energy and be powered by clean, renewable power. An updated, improved building code is a commonsense way to address this issue in new buildings. NRDC and the New Buildings Institute collaborated on an innovative proposal to create a new, optional appendix for local code adoption that would result in residential buildings which, over the course of a year, would produce as much energy as they consume.

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