Wolf at the door
To the Editor: New Hampshire’s building codes are outdated. And the energy efficiency portions may well be the most egregious.
Making buildings tighter and better insulated adds a few hundred dollars to the initial cost but pays back in a very few (3-4) years.
HB 562, which has passed the House and moves to the Senate would fix that, (although it sadly contains a 30-month delay). Since this perspective has opponents, it’s worth mentioning that the payback comes in the form of lowering heating and cooling bills, not just for the life of the mortgage, but the life of the building.
Critics who express concern about affordable housing — and high energy costs — should note that it’s folks who need affordable housing who also struggle with the costs of heating and cooling.
Taking this a little further, energy efficient buildings are the foundation that will allow a transition to increased use of renewable energy and slow the path of climate change.
Even the proponents of fixing building codes don’t like to highlight that, for fear of opening a can of worms, but it’s getting a little late for nuance.
That wolf is at the door.