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1/15/08-Home builders group pledges to halve energy consumption by 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Written by David R. Baker   
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Bay Area's largest association of home builders committed itself Monday to cutting in half the amount of energy used in the houses it creates by the year 2020, an ambitious goal that goes well beyond California's current construction standards.

The Home Builders Association of Northern California will cut energy use by 50 percent compared with 1990 levels, President Joseph Perkins said at the Advancing the New Energy Economy green jobs summit in San Francisco.

The association also plans to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with those homes by 30 percent in the same time frame.

"We wanted to be a part of this emerging green economy. We didn't want to wait," Perkins said. "We want to give the residents of this region what they want, and they want green homes."

The step is likely to involve using more efficient building materials and appliances as well as, possibly, solar panels, Perkins said. He also called on all Bay Area communities to adopt mandatory green building standards.

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