Building code

Big polluters tightened control over the nation’s building codes last year. Now fresh meddling from a gas utility has stoked fears for the future.
Mundane as it may seem, the future of U.S. climate policy could rest on what happens over the next few years with national building codes.
The nonprofit consortium that oversees much of the nation's building codes just gave the construction and gas industries more control over the process.
The Energy Department wants the nonprofit that sets model codes to justify its industry-backed bid to block cities from adopting more energy-efficient rules.
It all comes down to luck and strong building codes.