Construction Codes Include Energy Conservation
Governor Kathleen Blanco signed new construction codes into law on November 29. The law brings Louisiana into compliance with international building codes, which include comprehensive energy conservation measures. Under the law, new homes constructed in Louisiana must include adequate insulation and energy efficient heating and cooling systems that make them more affordable to heat in winter and cool in summer. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy projects that homeowners will pay approximately $200-$600 less per year in energy bills thanks to the new law. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the law is particularly significant in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed about 350,000 homes in Louisiana. Read a news story on the law in Architectural Record, or read the complete text of the law.