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Proposed energy efficiency standards for new homes spark controversy in St. Louis County

By Véronique LaCapra for St. Louis Public Radio:

"The Missouri Sierra Club is raising the alarm that new residential building codes under review by St. Louis County would reduce home energy efficiency below existing standards.

But the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri (HBA) believes the changes are needed.

The Sierra Club wants the county to adopt the latest energy efficiency standards into its residential building codes. The new standards, known as the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), would require new home construction to incorporate updated energy efficiency measures...

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The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEAA) — which analyzed the county's proposed building codes for the Sierra Club — agrees. According to MEEA estimates, if the county were to adopt the 2015 IECC standards, homebuyers would make back all their additional up-front costs in less than five years — and save an estimated $436 a year in home energy costs."

Read the full story at St. Louis Public Radio