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Green Code and Regulation Round-Up

Florida eliminates solar rebate programs; meanwhile, California curbs Homeowners Associations from prohibiting drought-tolerant plants.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am

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FLORIDA

Regulation Information: 
In late November, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 in favor of a utility-backed proposal to eliminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015 and lowering the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent. This was decided after a very lengthy debate that lasted almost two hours, and the debate might not be over. Environmental groups are considering whether the PSC violated state law by instituting a policy that leaves utilities with virtually no energy efficiency requirements.

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DECATUR, GA

Green Code Information:
The city unanimously passed an ordinance in mid-November that requires green building certification for all new commercial and residential buildings, as well as most of the renovation projects for such structures. According to Carl Seville, who was integrally involved with the ordinance’s development, the residential requirements are:

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BALTIMORE, MD

Green Code Information:
In November, the Baltimore City Council adopted the IgCC. However, this isn’t the first time the city has required green building.

In 2007, the city started requiring LEED Silver or an equivalent energy and environmental certification for specific buildings. Three years later, the city unveiled its own green building standards, which were mostly based on a version of LEED. In 2014, with the presumed arrival of LEED v4 around the corner, a councilman introduced a bill that would replace the city’s soon-to-be-outdated standards with the IgCC. However, there are numerous exemptions:

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CALIFORNIA

Regulation Information:
The state amended its Civil Code to prevent Homeowners Associations (HOAs) from prohibiting the use of low-water-using plants. It furthers eliminates a HOA’s ability to assess fines for reducing or eliminating “the watering of vegetation or lawns” if a state or local emergency (due to drought) is declared.

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