How will this affect other states? Federal Judge Rules Against Energy Code in Albuquerque

Federal District Judge Martha Vazquez has upheld her 2010 ruling against the City of Albuquerque’s 2007 Energy Conservation Code and in favor of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), an HVAC trade association. The code raised energy-efficiency standards for multifamily and commercial buildings, partially through stricter-than-federal regulations on HVAC equipment. ----- Advertising ----- AHRI filed suit in 2008, claiming that while states may establish building codes, the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) gave federal law supremacy over local law when it comes to appliance efficiency. The City argued that the code’s performance-based compliance paths allowed builders to use products not exceeding federal standards, but in 2010 Vazquez found in AHRI’s favor, stating that the code required those builders to make efficiency gains else...

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