John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
The Pennsylvania legislature may be pushing back against the rising energy efficiency tide. According to a recent article,
a bill is moving forward there that will make it extremely difficult to
tighten the state energy code, because, environmentalists say, builders
will have virtual veto power.
Through the years, there has always
been resistance to higher energy efficiency standards. Manufacturers,
builders and others have argued more than once that new, more stringent
requirements would not be cost effective. Such arguments have probably
slowed things down a bit, but it always seems that standards continue to
be tightened. One reason for this is that politicians on both sides of
the aisle have generally supported progress in energy efficiency.
that be changing? Is the backlash against government spending and
regulations begining to slow the momentum of energy efficiency? That's
our poll question of the week. And, as usual, I'd like to hear from you.
Have you seen developments, like those in Pennsylvania, in your state?
Would such a trend be good or bad for us as an industry? Email me or post a comment and let me know what you think.
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