Sunday, November 28, 2010

Minnesota GreenStar and the Builders Association

Going in the wrong direction and for the wrong reasons!!

Builders' GreenStar initiative falters

A homebuilders association and Minnesota GreenStar part ways because of disagreements over cost, focus of green buildings.

November 26, 2010 - For Minnesota home builders, the path towards green housing has taken some unexpected turns. Buyers are scarce, money is tight, and now a partnership to certify green-built homes has dissolved.

Minnesota GreenStar and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) say the organizations have reached an impasse over the goals of the certification program and have parted ways.

It was an amicable divorce, the groups say, acknowledging that the failure reflects shifting priorities for the construction industry, which seeks more flexible standards as builders deal with tough economic times. {read rest}

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