Saturday, October 23, 2021

Play

Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.

Play

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.

Play

An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

CIC to Vote on Making NM Building Codes More Energy Efficient

Play

Friday, July 30, 2010   

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, a state commission is expected to decide whether to make all new buildings in New Mexico more energy-efficient. The Construction Industries Commission is scheduled to vote on amendments to state building codes.

Tammy Fiebelkorn with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) was on the state code change committee, which developed the proposed amendments over the past year. She says many of the changes will help make buildings tighter, with more insulation and other means to keep heated or cooled air from escaping. There are commonsense measures, too, she adds.

"Requiring that you actually use the right size equipment in new buildings, so that you're not wasting energy with a big unit for a house that doesn't need that big of a unit, things like that."

The changes have met some opposition from a commercial real estate trade association, which says new codes would unnecessarily increase the costs of construction, making the state less attractive to businesses and developers. However, the Rio Grande Sierra Club has mounted a campaign in defense of the codes, arguing that they will save businesses and families far more in energy costs.

Fiebelkorn believes it is the right time to move toward codes that emphasize efficiency — not only for economic reasons, but to address the issue of climate change, which she says could greatly affect the Southwest.

"An easy way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is through energy efficiency. These codes get us to 20 percent better than where we were before, statewide, for all new buildings, and that's a good thing."

The proposed amendments can be viewed at www.rld.state.nm.us. The Construction Industries Commission meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at the Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave., N.E., Room 103, Albuquerque.



get more stories like this via email

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …


Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …


Hispanic people are 2.3 times as likely to have died from COVID-19 than white/non-Hispanic people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Gov. Tom Wolf already has increased the minimum wage for state employees and contractors, which is set to reach $15 an hour by July 2024. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …

Environment

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …

Social Issues

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Mike Parson is facing calls to get the Missouri Cybersecurity Commission off the ground after it was created by the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021