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Deborah Corr

It is one of the big questions of our time. How far should regulation (government) go? In my opinion, far enough to protect health, safety and welfare but not so far as to corrupt the regulatory system. The definitions of health, safety and welfare may well include environmental factors directly linked to energy use and green building. Those items should be proposed and considered by the code committees for inclusion in the building code. Approaches that drive up costs by mandating particular systems or certifications should be discouraged. Adopting codes written mainly for the purpose of increasing fees, creating new fees, or for selling products (including code books) is an inappropriate use of regulatory authority.

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