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This Just In: Portland to Reward Energy-Efficient Homes

According to an article in The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, is considering a carbon fee and inspection requirement that would tax builders hundreds of dollars for each new home that is not extremely energy efficient. Builders who construct buildings that save at least 45% more energy over Oregon code requirements would be paid cash rewards. Each new home sold would also be required to undergo an energy efficiency report be done by home inspectors.

"This is obviously an ambitious and potentially controversial undertaking, but with the new urgency and call to action on issues around global warming, this is the type of policy that Portland needs to be a leader," said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

The proposal will go before voters in January, and if passed, will go into effect in 2010. While this proposal will take significant innovation and work on the part of developers and builders, it is the type of measure that will encourage good building practices. Kudos to Portland!

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kiki219 kiki219 9 years
p.s. portland is an amazing city. very beautiful. weird ppl. fun shopping. alot of trees. i wish there were more beautiful ppl tho.. but hey... ill just move to ATL in a couple yrs anyway. but seriously. everyone she start copying p-town.
kiki219 kiki219 9 years
I LOVE IT. every city should start living by these standards. at first it might seem a little over-the-top, but everything always seems crazy to ppl at first. then we all get used to it. so, let's all start now, and let's be more sustainable. PLEASE!
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
A great idea! I wish I lived in Portland so I could help get this passed with my vote!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Such a great idea...
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 9 years
I live in Vancouver (washington) which is less then 5 minutes north of Portland. I'm glad to see that we're doing something around here. Hopefully that works and they get the ball rolling for the whole country.
delab delab 9 years
Portland: Best, most innovative city in the U.S. KUDOS!!
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