Home Builders Association Gut Code in Arkansas

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Arkansas Homebuilders Get Their Way on Energy Code

Arkansas Business, February 10, 2014

In the fight between the Arkansas Homebuilders Association and energy auditors over updating the Arkansas Energy Code, the first round went to the homebuilders.

The association was able to remove the language in the proposed Arkansas Energy Code that would have required all new homes in the state to go through an inspection of the type performed by energy auditors before being sold, a process that’s currently required in the city of Fayetteville.

Under an earlier proposal, an “Arkansas Home Performance Label” would have been posted on the new home to show the estimated annual energy cost of the building. The label would be similar to the familiar EnergyGuide labels that disclose the annual operating costs and relative efficiency of specific appliance models.

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