Energy Efficiency Standards Stalled in Rhinebeck, NY

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Town of Rhinebeck considers further delay in adopting energy-efficient building standards

Daily Freeman News, February 5, 2015

The Town Board has set a public hearing next month to extend by one year a moratorium on developing green building standards called for in the town’s comprehensive plan.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Town Hall, 80 East Market St.

“Over the last year we have been discussing with some people in the field the green energy portion of zoning law,” Councilman Joseph Gelb said. “We did have a presentation by an expert who’s experienced in the LEED system. I think what we got out of that was that … it’s cumbersome, it’s expensive, and it’s really not a suitable thing, at least for residential construction.”

LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program. The town comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2009, says the town needs to adopt regulations that require developers to meeting energy efficiency standards.

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