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New Building Regulations would Make St. Louis Homes More Energy Efficient

July 09, 2018 - 10:07 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Homebuilders in the city of St. Louis will soon face new rules for energy efficiency. The Board of Aldermen has passed--and the mayor is expected to sign--new building codes that require new single and double family homes to be 25 percent more energy efficient.

“Some builders feel like it’s not a good idea to do this and some builders do feel like it is a good idea, and I think it’s the governments roll to go ahead and push the envelope a little in these situations,” says City Building Commissioner Frank Oswald.

The environmental group the Sierra Club is applauding the new rules, saying the extra insulation and better windows will save the average homeowner $500 a year on utility bills. Environmentalist Gretchen Waddell-Barwick is with the Sierra Club.

“This is excellent for people on a fixed income, this is excellent for low income families. They’ll be able to stay in their homes longer they’re going to stay in St. Louis longer, and I think it’s an excellent thing overall for people who want to move here and grow a family here,” she says.