Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Earth talks, cities listen

The Earth has been talking. Hailey, Blaine County and Ketchum have been listening.

The city of Ketchum is just the latest of the three to adopt a "green" building code designed to conserve energy, water and other resources in new buildings by requiring smart systems and design.

Green building codes, which are becoming more prevalent nationally, commonly call for enhancing indoor environmental quality as well as requiring or encouraging materials that are health-friendly.

With green codes, buildings can be ranked and rated for buyers who are becoming more aware of their power as consumers to influence how new homes and commercial buildings are constructed.

It's ironic that the green codes have been drafted and approved in a time when new building permits have hit an all-time low. But the building hiatus has given developers, contractors and the public the time to discuss, debate and come to agreement on requirements that will conserve critical resources.

It's been clear for decades that the nation is far from any kind of national consensus on energy and resources. However, while major national and international energy companies can lobby Congress for policies that benefit them to the detriment of consumers, consumers and small businesses can be just as powerful when they vote with their pocketbooks and enact green policies at the local level.

When faced with choices between inhabiting green-certified buildings or energy and water guzzlers, consumers can be part of the solution to the Earth's climate change and resource problems by choosing "green."

The cities and the county should be proud of joining builders and consumers working toward a healthier planet.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2019 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.