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City of Austin Green Standards Could Change

Posted in City of Austin by Bryan Cady on November 18, 2009

In response to developers’, city officials’ and commission appointees’ concerns that the city’s energy standards are confusing and that they slow development, Austin Energy is proposing a standardized green building rating system across development types.

Currently, different rating systems apply to commercial, residential and multifamily projects. The proposed changes, which are planned to go before the city manager for approval early next year, would implement the same criteria across all sectors that the city council has already adopted for master-planned communities, or planned-unit developments.

Austin Energy is also proposing a required pre-approval for buildings outside of city planning and commissions, along with a signed waiver by developers acknowledging agreed-upon requirements and their responsibility to communicate these to their architects and builders.

Source: Austin Business Journal

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