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City rolls back eco-friendly building regs

Councilors have been kicking around the idea of repealing Albuquerque’s building code and replacing it with newly relaxed state rules. We wrote about the plan to undo Albuquerque’s tough standards, but the vote on this measure has been postponed a couple of times.

Tonight, the Council voted in favor of a measure that’s intended to create a “friendlier environment for builders,” said Mayor Richard Berry in a news release. (His pre-mayor background includes co-running Cumbre Construction, a company owned by his wife, Maria.)

In addition to passing a Standardized Energy Code, the city hired a green building code program manager by the name of Lee Brammeler.

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