Wash. builders sue to stop new green law

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by CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 1, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 1 at 5:18 PM

SEATTLE - Going green will cost too much green, according to Washington state builders, and they're suing to put the brakes on a new law.

The Building Industry Association of Washington filed a federal court lawsuit in Seattle to stop new regulations that are set to take effect July 1 for the construction of all new homes. It targets the Washington State Building Code Council, which created the new code that requires higher efficiency furnaces and hot-water heaters and other measures that make the home more enviormentally friendly.

The BIAW says the new regulations would add up to $15,000 to the cost of a new home in Washington State. The code council says the cost would be much less, about $4000, and that home buyers would make that up with lower utility bills.

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