Regarding The Bee article "2 counties' green efforts lag" (May 8, Page B-1), I'm pleased to inform you that the efforts of home builders' in this regard do not. The Building Industry Association of Central California has formed a green building task force comprised of home builders, environmental specialists, utility providers and others.
The task force will identify best practices in green building. This means using sustainable building products, energy efficiency, water conservation and improving indoor air quality. The California Building Industry Associations' California Green Builder Program has already been adopted throughout the state. Several of our members and Habitat for Humanity have introduced green home features.
Still, new homes represent only 1 percent of housing. Homes in California constructed over the last decade are more efficient than homes in any other state. Older homes are exponentially less efficient on a scale that corresponds to the age of construction. Meaningful achievements in energy conservation and carbon reduction will only be realized by retrofitting existing homes.
Local jurisdictions support our effort. The goal is to introduce a quantifiable program that helps municipalities and utility companies meet requirements for carbon reduction and help the environment. You don't have to be weird to be green.
executive vice president, Building Industry Association of Central California