Delaware Passes Law Calling for Net-Zero-Energy Homes
September 16, 2009
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently signed a bill calling for the
state's Energy Office to "establish programs to promote the
construction of zero-net-energy capable homes." The bill, signed
into law on July 29, defines zero-net-energy capable homes as those
that "through the use of energy-efficient construction, lighting,
appliances and onsite renewable energy generation uses no more energy
than is produced onsite." The state's goal is that as of December
31, 2030, "all commercial building construction in the state
of Delaware shall be zero-net-energy capable." The state has
the same goal for residential construction-but these regulations
are set to take effect on December 31, 2025.
The regulations come as a result of Senate Bill 59, sponsored by
Sen. Harris B. McDowell, who introduced the bill in April of this
year. It amends the state's Energy Conservation Code and was introduced
as an effort to update Delaware's energy-efficiency building codes
and to "ensure that Delaware will receive its full share of
Federal stimulus dollars," according to information from the
state's legislature. It passed the state's house with a vote of
29-10 and the Senate by a vote of 19-2.
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