City councilor proposes delay to new energy conservation code for homes

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque city councilor wants to pump the breaks on a new energy conservation code for homes.

Last week, the city council passed a resolution requiring builders to follow the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code Standards. That’s the code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency on systems in homes and commercial businesses.

Now, Councilor Klarissa Peña is requesting that not be enforced for at least six months. She’s hoping a survey can help determine the added cost to developers, homeowners and renters. “If the cost of a house goes up by $10,000, that can price a young family out of a home. So, I’m just concerned about that and the same holds true for rentals,” Peña said. The city council will review this resolution on August 17.


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