Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ketchum ‘green’ building ordinance has second reading

Council may approve new regulations next month

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum City Council expressed support for a "green" building ordinance Monday, but declined to waive the third reading and adopt it that day.

Under the proposal, residential buildings would have to incorporate a required number of energy-efficient and sustainable features. The ordinance has flexibility built into it, so very little would be mandated by the city, according to city staff.

Builder Dave Wilson, with Ketchum-based Wilson Construction, agreed, saying there are a lot of options that homeowners can choose from while still pursuing energy efficiency.

The ordinance is based on the National Green Building Standard.

In the next month, staff will be coordinating outreach to local businesses and contractors to help them learn which products, services and practices will satisfy code objectives, Associate Planner Rebecca Bundy said in an email to the Idaho Mountain Express.

"We are also planning workshops in early May with contractors and architects to assist them in setting up and navigating the scoring tool that will be used for project planning and will be part of the building permit submittal," she said.

To comment on the proposal, contact Bundy at 726-7801 or

The matter will be on the council's agenda May 7.

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