‘Green’ building vote in Eagle delayed
EAGLE – Kara Heide would like an energy-efficient home. She just isn’t sure she can afford to build one.Heide, a longtime county resident, is about ready to start work on a home of her own. But she worries that county regulations requiring energy-efficient building may bust her budget.Jim Guida, though, calls energy-efficient building “the gift that keeps on giving.””This has been the single biggest shot in the arm for me and my business in the nearly 27 years I’ve been in the business,” said Guida, who has spent nearly his entire career in Eagle County.With Heide’s worries as a guide, the Eagle County Commissioners Tuesday delayed a vote on a new set of building codes that require new construction in the county to meet several new energy-efficiency standards. Another hearing on the regulations has been set for April 11.DelayedIn the end, when Commissioner Tom Stone questioned whether the board was passing the regulations too quickly, fellow commissioners Peter Runyon and Arn Menconi agreed to delay a vote for another month or so.”This is counterproductive for affordable housing,” Stone said. “We’re well meaning, but I think some of the unintended consequences are unacceptable.”Scoring points, writing checksThe “eco-build” regulations are built on a point system for energy-efficient building. Here are some of the things a home builder can do to get points.- Donate surplus building materials: one point per load;- Recycle wood, metal scrap, or cardboard: two points per material that’s been recycled;- Install radiant floor heat: two points; and- No attached garage (which can improve indoor air quality): two points
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