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New Mexico ruling on green building codes appealed

greenbuildSANTA FE — A court’s ruling that upheld a repeal of “green” building standards implemented by New Mexico when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor is being appealed.

The Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) reports that energy-efficiency-advocates are asking the state Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals’ decision.

The Court of Appeals decision upheld the move by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to overhaul the codes.

The Construction Industries Commission first revamped the codes in 2011 and then readopted the changes 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.

The commission went back to an existing international energy-efficiency code that the plaintiffs contend is less rigorous than the new one.