Colorado County Mandates Plug-In Vehicle Wiring for New Homes
Effective January 2, 2013, all new homes built in Boulder County, Colorado must be wired for the future. This includes pre-wiring a home for plug-in vehicles and solar panels. It's now code in Boulder County that all garages associated with homes, duplexes and townhouses come with 240-volt charging units or are pre-wired for simple installation of charging units at a later point in time.
"It’s a good example of leadership on the part of the community," stated Mike Salisbury, transportation program associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. "Pre-wiring for electric vehicles as part of new construction can save the average homeowner $1,000 over the cost of a retrofit outlet for a plug-in vehicle."
In addition, the amended codes requires builders to either install solar panels for generating electricity or to wire for future installations.
The goal, as related to the adoption of the aptly titled "2012 International Energy Conservation Code," is to end up with homes, by 2022, that produce as much energy as consumed, referred to as "net-zero homes."
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