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City and county leaders ask DCA to reconsider new efficiency standards

February 15, 2017--1:05 p.m.

By David Crowder

Both the Rome City and Floyd County Commissions have signed off on a resolution, urging the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to reconsider their adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.

The revision to the code deals with efficiency standards for new home construction.

Rome City Commission Craig McDaniel said the resolution came out of a Joint Oversight Committee meeting.

“James Martin, who works in the inspection department, sits on the committee and he gave a very thorough explanation of how this is going to impact the construction of new homes,” McDaniel said. “It’s going to add about $6,000 to $10,000 in construction costs per home.”

Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord also fears the standards will impact new home construction.

“We could be looking at 2x6 construction, increased R-factors, increased eave heights and increased H-VAC construction,” he said. “You’re talking about specialized windows, specialized doors and a lot of things that are just going to run the price up. We are not opposed to energy savings and energy conservation. We certainly want to do that, but we’ve to be reasonable about this. This could kill our building industry, even if they just did it for six months.

McCord said there have already been 13 new housing starts in the county so far this year, compared to 40 or 50 all of last year.