Citizens Advocating for Green Building Codes in Madison County, Kentucky
I live in rural Kentucky and for the past year and 1/2 have been working with Madison County Zoning and Planning Board to approve a variety of residential sustainable building designs. There have been several others in the county who have been doing the same. Rather than continuing to work piecemeal, the county planning administer suggested that we get together and propose a green building code that would give the board standards to operate from rather than having to grant waivers and the like. We have held a couple of public meetings since then and are beginning to work with Eastern Kentucky University to create a proposal. Other than buiding green homes and working extensively with the zoning office and health department to get various green building techniques and technologies appoved (earth bag, straw bale, grey water garden, composting toilets, etc.)., we have very little expertise in code development. At this time, we plan to use the NAHB Green Building Code as our basis. This site has some great information that I have begun to sort through and, after searching for two years, am thrilled to finally find some solid guidance on how to proceed. I would like to connect with others who may also be working with their local governments to develop green residential building codes. Anyone out there?