Will Kansas City stick to climate pledge or bow to pressure from homebuilders?

As Kansas City considers updating its building energy code, city officials are weighing the city’s climate commitments against concerns from homebuilders.

Adopting the latest international standards without revisions likely would increase costs for homebuilders but save energy and money for homeowners.

Builders have generally opposed the new code without amendments, while energy efficiency advocates say it is necessary if the city is serious about fighting climate change.

The debate shows the tension cities and states are likely to face as they grapple with political and financial costs of following through on climate pledges.

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