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Clarkstown Initiates Energy Star Building Codes


Clarkstown Adopts Energy Star Building Codes


Last night, the Clarkstown Town Board adopted a local law advancing town building codes to be more energy efficient.  The purpose of the local law is to require new one or two family homes and multiple single family homes (townhouses) of three or less stories, be built to achieve a Home Energy Rating Score.  The rating is established by the National Home Energy Rating Technical Guidelines.   


Supervisor Alex Gromack said, “Clarkstown is proud to be the first town in Rockland County to initiate building of more energy efficient homes.  As a result, residents will have lower energy costs and better air quality in their homes, while providing environmental benefits for all.”   


Energy Star homes are 20% more efficient than the code requires.  Energy Star homes have more effective insulation, high-performance windows, tighter construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and energy star lighting and appliances.


With the leadership of our Town Building Inspector, the Clarkstown Energy Conservation Committee, formed earlier this year by Council members Shirley Lasker and Frank Borelli, studied the importance of energy star buildings codes and the positive impacts energy efficient homes have on our environment.      


Councilwoman Lasker said, “Mandatory Energy Star codes will ensure that Clarkstown fulfills one of its goals of the US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, and that all new homes will be more efficient to run and have lower electric and heating bills.  Developers will build to higher standards and the residents will be the beneficiaries of lower costs.  We will also be reducing our emissions overall.  This is a win-win situation for all in view of the high cost of energy and climate change.” 


Councilman Frank Borelli said, “Amending the building code to adopt Energy Star standards is not only environmentally sound, but fiscally responsible.  The adoption of building codes that require homes and businesses to conserve energy will not only protect the environment, but substantially reduce operating costs in the long run.  It is the only responsible direction to proceed.” 


“Clarkstown is always looking for ways to save our taxpayers money.  As a leader on environmental issues, we can help protect our environment while cutting costs for Clarkstown residents,” concluded Supervisor Gromack.  


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