Policy Collaboratives: Drivers of Green Building and Energy Efficiency in California

September/October 2010
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2010 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 03, 2010
Despite the best efforts of governments, builders and developers are often left in the dark about changes to local building codes and initiatives. There are ways to turn the light on.
Have you ever stepped into your city’s permit office, building plans in hand, only to discover that the city has passed a new green-building code or ordinance that you knew nothing about? You have no choice but to change your project, which causes delays, and since time is money, lost profits. You walk away thinking that green building is a big nuisance. Unfortunately, this scenario happens more often than most cities would like to admit.  

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