Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cited the potential impact on affordable housing as a reason for his veto of a major climate bill.
A change approved last month would let builders bypass minimum efficiency standards in favor of a voluntary suite green building standards.
“When technologies don’t align with people’s needs, people don’t use them,” says Virginia Tech assistant professor Philip Agee.
Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.
Lee Householder says funding interruptions from federal programs have helped his program prepare for uncertainty.