BIAW Opposes HB 1084 – Allowing jurisdictions to create their own building codes
January 25, 2021
BIAW is opposing HB 1084 – Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings. This legislation mandates residential and commercial construction achieve a 70% reduction in annual net energy consumption. It also eliminates on-site fossil fuel use for space heating and water heating. HB 1084’s most challenging provisions allow any jurisdiction to create its own building code rather than relying on one statewide building code. Complying with these “stretch” codes from one local government to the next will lead to confusion, frustration and unpredictability. It will also lead to much higher unanticipated costs for builders and ultimately homebuyers.
BIAW Lobbyist Bill Stauffacher testified against the bill on Friday, Jan. 22. He reminded the House Environment & Energy Committee the state’s recently adopted building code is adding $15,000-$20,000 to the cost of each home. Though not mentioned in testimony, BIAW is pointing out to lawmakers the natural gas reductions sought by the bill will force builders to transition away from two home amenities that homebuyers absolutely love – gas-burning stoves and fireplaces.