Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kate Brown Executive Orders: Green Energy Mandates on New Construction

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed executive orders yesterday requiring builders to prepare for an increased use of green energy in the state.

  • New homes built after September 2020 and commercial buildings built after October 2022 must be equipped for solar panel installation. 
  • By October 2022, all new homes and commercial buildings must be wired for at least one electric vehicle charger.
  • By October 2023, all new homes will be required by the Building Codes Division to be "zero-energy ready."

Senator Alan Olsen (R-Canby) objected to the new executive orders, arguing that they will increase the cost of housing in the state. Read more.

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