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After long delay, Pa. building codes get an update

“Pennsylvania’s building codes will be updated this year for the first time in nearly a decade, after a state review board adopted a suite of changes to modernize standards for constructing homes and commercial buildings.

“The changes will apply to things such as fire safety, insulation and building materials in new construction and major renovations. They are expected to make new homes about 25 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 standards.

“The new codes will take effect Oct. 1.”

“An analysis done for the U.S. Department of Energy found that if new Pennsylvania homes were built to meet the 2015 code for energy performance — instead of the current 2009 code — energy savings would pay back the higher upfront costs in a little more than three years. Over 30 years, the net savings for the average Pennsylvania home built to the newer code would be more than $8,000.”

FULL STORY published May 30, 2018 via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette