“The moves create new energy efficiency requirements beyond state code for new single family, multifamily and commercial projects. The standards also mandate new green building and electric vehicle charging requirements for such projects. The new standards are a way for the county to implement its 2015 Climate Action Plan, which also sets greenhouse gas reduction targets greater than the state. The county has a target of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and reducing municipal emissions to 15 percent below 1990 levels. The county sought but received virtually no comment on the green building changes from local builders.”
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