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Raise the Bar on Green Construction in Montgomery County

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Montgomery County government is about to lower green building standards at a time when climate change is an urgent existential threat to humanity.  Two thirds of energy in Montgomery is used by buildings and the 2012 International Green Construction Code can help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change, but enabling legislation Executive Regulation 21-15 as drafted weakens the 2012 IgCC baseline of minimum requirements to the point where even the building industry is concerned that "the law as written... risks weakening green building expectations across the county and penalizing (rather than rewarding) businesses that choose to invest in green building leadership."  This decrease in green building standards comes inexplicably after the County government admitted last year that it is not on track to meet goals set in the Climate Protection Plan - instead of reducing emissions compared to 2005 levels by 10%, we are still increasing emissions and energy use.

The 2012 IgCC is the first model overlay code that covers all of sustainability - air, water, green space, energy use and generation - through the entire development cycle - site layout, building materials selection, construction, operation, maintenance and beyond - so a stronger draft regulation that exceeds the IgCC baseline instead of gutting it is our only way to meaningfully address climate change and other environmental challenges in Montgomery County like water quality as building sites generate stormwater pollution that continues to further degrade our creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

We have the proven technologies and policy prescriptions that can restore our environment, grow our economy, and create green local jobs at the same time.  All we are missing is the political will.

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