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Bay Area builders make green pledge

Bay Area builders make green pledge

SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 15, 2008óBay Area builders are vowing to curb the energy they use building homes in half by 2020.

The pledge halves energy consumption compared with 1990 levels, said Joseph Perkins, president of the Home Builders Association of Northern California.

It doesn’t stop there. The group also plans to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent during the same time frame.

“We wanted to be a part of this emerging green economy. We didn’t want to wait,” Perkins told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We want to give the residents of this region what they want, and they want green homes.”

In addition to reducing energy and carbon emissions, the group says it will use more efficient building materials, power tools and possibly solar panels.

Further, the group called for an adoption of mandatory green building standards in Bay Area communities.

“HBANC believes that making sustainable green building standards mandatory is not only good for the environment and our planet, but it’s good for business, good for consumers, good for our growing clean tech economy and the right thing to do,” Perkins said.

HBANC is partnering with Build It Green, a Berkeley-based organization, that provides the standards, known as the Green Point Rated program. HBANC hopes the program will become mandatory in all Bay Area cities and counties.

“We are very excited to be partnering with HBANC in expanding the Green Point Rated program,” said Brian Gitt, executive director of Build It Green. “Together, we can help the Bay Area and California reach the broader goals of dramatically reducing our energy consumption, lowering our carbon emissions and growing our clean tech economy.”

HBANC decided to make the pledge after extensive research into growing consumer demand for green-building practices.

“Consumers want new homes that reduce energy costs, provide a healthy living environment and still feature the amenities they need at a price that is affordable,” Perkins said.

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4:50PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Awesome! Thanks.

4:21AM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:18PM PDT on May 3, 2010

Thank you

6:08PM PST on Jan 12, 2010

i would love to have solar panels on my house, man.

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1:03AM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

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11:17PM PDT on Aug 21, 2008

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4:48PM PST on Feb 3, 2008

a welcome move for people who want to build new homes, a big boost to eco-friendly efforts. just wandering if commercial buildings will have new designes to suit the pressing need of cutting energy costs and helathy living environment for everyone. let's restore what the Divine Creator has endowed Mother Earth.

4:47PM PST on Feb 3, 2008

a welcome move for people who want to build new homes, a big boost to eco-friendly efforts. just wandering if commercial buildings will have new designes to suit the pressing need of cutting energy costs and helathy living environment for everyone. let's restore what the Divine Creator has endowed Mother Earth.

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