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Governor wins challenge over green building codes

ghreenbuildSANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal challenge over her administration’s repeal of “green” building standards implemented when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor.

The state Court of Appeals last week upheld a decision by the state Construction Industries Commission to revamp building codes.

The court had set aside a commission attempt in 2011 to overhaul the Richardson administration’s building requirements for energy efficiency.

The commission readopted its code revision last year and tried to address the court’s earlier ruling that it hadn’t provided sufficient reasons for the changes.

Environmentalists appealed, contending the commission still hadn’t justified the code overhaul.

Doug Meiklejohn of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center said Tuesday no decision has been made on whether to take the case to the state Supreme Court.