Santa Barbara Races Ahead on Energy Efficient Real Estate Construction Guidelines.
I recently read this article in The Independent (An excellent free local paper in Santa Barbara providing well written weekly updated information on local News, Events, People, Arts, Real Estate etc.) that should excite anyone that is concerned for our future generations. The guts of the article are about:
1) Santa Barbara City Council being a leader in energy efficient standards
2) The commitment in Santa Barbara to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions for all new residential real estate construction as well as retrofits
3) Architecture 2030 Challenge
"Some say governments move too slowly and that bureaucracies can impede progress, but just recently the Santa Barbara City Council and staff bucked the stereotype and moved to approve a potentially momentous change in the building code. With broad support from developers, architects, contractors, and the environmental community, the city increased the energy efficiency standards for all new construction. Importantly, the project moved from conception to implementation in just over a year, beginning with a lecture by architect Ed Mazria?—?the founder of the Architecture 2030 Challenge?—?and concluding with the city approving its new ordinance in October. Upon review by the California Energy Commission, the ordinance will become effective in early 2008."
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