NM: Santa Fe County Considers Green Building Codes

Santa Fe Building CodesSanta Fe County staffers think a code requiring new buildings to be more energy-efficient will save homeowners and businesses money. They’re working on the new building code as part of the county’s revamped growth-management plan.

While the county is running computer models and working to convince county commissioners and residents to approve the code, Santa Fe residents Timothy and Sharon Amer are enjoying a new energy-efficient home and monthly savings in the Old Las Vegas Place subdivision. The house was built using the city of Santa Fe’s green building code, which took effect two years ago and was revamped in January. The county is learning from the city’s experience.

With aid from the nonprofit Homewise, the Amers bought the energy-efficient home powered in part by solar panels. They’re saving a little money each month compared to utility costs at a smaller Santa Fe duplex, where they were living previously with their three children.

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