Robert Sotolongo: Costly code change

June 27, 2013 

Costly code change

As a local architect and small-business owner, I am very concerned about HB 201, which pushes the energy code back to a more costly time. HB 201 doesn’t make sense economically. The current energy code saves $2 billion in utility costs. Our firm has designed two LEED Gold public schools that save taxpayers 30 percent in utility bills. The current code supports job growth in North Carolina. Cree manufacturing is one example.

North Carolina’s building code is best written by industry experts – the Building Code Council – and not politicians.

HB 201 will put North Carolina behind the rest of the country in building design and construction. A more prudent approach would be for the Building Code Council to review the current code and adjust for cost effectiveness measures while maintaining or improving steps that keep buildings energy efficient.

Robert Sotolongo


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