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Panel told to redo building codes

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has lost a court fight over repealing energy efficient building requirements implemented by her Democratic predecessor.

The state Court of Appeals last week overturned a 2011 decision by the state Construction Industries Commission to revamp green building codes that former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration promoted as among the most environmentally friendly in the country.

The court said the commission failed to provide reasons for changing the construction standards. The case was ordered back to the commission for reconsideration and a new vote.

The Martinez administration contended the building requirements were too expensive for developers and property owners.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center said Tuesday the administration failed to follow the law in trying to undo regulations aimed at protecting consumers and the environment.