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2014 energy requirements mandated on all new construction?
I'm meeting with a builder this coming Sunday to discuss options for building a new home this coming Sunday. I'm very new to this process. I've owned a home since 2003, but it was already built when I got it so new construction is a completely new world. Prior to the meeting, I've been told that there are new energy requirements mandated on all new construction beginning in 2014, which will increase the cost of the build $3,000-$5,000 unless we "lock in the permits within the next two weeks". I'm looking at building within Cuyahoga County in Ohio, but I've been unable to find any documentation on these mandates for residential buildings for anywhere besides California. I'm just a little skeptical that this could be a technique to pressure us into a sale... Has anyone heard of mandates like these for 2014 (specifically in the Ohio/Cuyahoga County area)?
Thanks in advance,