Repeal of Building Codes Challenged - Albuquerque Journal

Repeal of Building Codes Challenged

 

The Construction Industries Commission’s repeal of energy efficiency standards for new buildings adopted during the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson is being challenged in court.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center filed notice Monday in the state Court of Appeals that it is seeking to have the June 10 decision overturned.

“It is our position that the commission did not have evidence on which to base its decision. … evidence indicating that the codes that were in place at the end of last year ought be changed,” Doug Meiklejohn, a lawyer with the center, told the Journal.

The commission voted without discussion to repeal the Richardson-era energy conservation and related codes for new homes and commercial buildings and replace them with a set of less stringent national standards.

The rollback was part of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s agenda to make New Mexico more “business -friendly.”

Supporters of the repealed codes said they would reduce energy use in new buildings by 20 percent, lowering utility bills and reducing pollution.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal


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