“Going green” just keeps going, faster and faster.
With all the green products, programs and practices constantly being introduced, consumers have a hard time keeping track. Since the Washington Legislature just wrapped up its 2009 session, let’s take a look at the latest environmental laws and bills.
Q: Which green legislation passed in our state this year will have the greatest consumer impact?
A: Although very long term, it will most likely be the “Efficiency First” Bill, or 5854 (for details on all bills, search by number or key words at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo). Under this law, homes and buildings constructed after 2013 will be designed to reduce energy use by 70 percent by 2031 (using the 2006 building code as a baseline).