As the year 2030 approaches, the target for many countries, states, and cities to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, the term “sustainability” is evolving from being a popular catchphrase to an immediate call for action. Among the various sectors, commercial real estate stands as a priority in this movement, emphasizing the need for decarbonization.
Building codes are a tricky subject to write about since they can vary wildly from one jurisdiction to another. After all, they are designed to address the specific needs and conditions of the community in which they are enforced, so they are often at the mercy of the building techniques, economic factors, and political attitudes of the area. They can vary wildly from one state to another. When it comes to adopting green building codes, some areas may be gung-ho, while other areas may be resistant to government regulation and may view green building codes as an infringement on property rights and individual freedoms.
But when it comes to green building regulations, local codes can create a ripple effect that leads to national change. This has been demonstrated in the past, where local initiatives on issues such as minimum wage increases or plastic bag bans have eventually led to national policy changes. As more cities and counties adopt green building codes, the pressure on national policymakers to follow suit increases. And three cities are out to set such an example:
The city of Boston is implementing some dramatic green building codes, and it’s easy to see why when
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