Going Green? Not So Fast, According to Federal Rule Structure

Published in Snips Magazine Blog: Ralph DiNola, CEO of New Buildings Institute, recently told me about a decades-old bump in the road: federal preemption rules. The organization outlined this setback in its recent white paper, “Federal Preemption as a Barrier to Cost Savings and High Performance Buildings in Local Energy Codes.” The 40-year-old federal preemption rules prevent states and cities from setting more stringent standards in order to avoid a “50-state patchwork of varying rules,” organization officials said.

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