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The new energy standards add about ,000 to ,000 to the construction costs compared with homes built to the 2006 code, said C. Herro, Meritage’s vice president of environmental affairs.Solar accounts for about ,000 to ,000 of that cost, with increased insulation and more efficient windows, appliances, lighting and heating accounting for another ,000 to ,000.“No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap.” The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective: Requiring all new homes be “net-zero,” meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year.New thinking has made that goal obsolete, state officials say.Practitioners unable to electronically prescribe can either request a waiver from the requirement or submit a certification depending on their circumstances.Public Health Law (PHL) Section 281(3) (c) states a waiver, or a renewal thereof, may be granted for a specified period determined by the Commissioner, not to exceed one year.“If we pursue (zero net energy) as a comprehensive policy, we’d be making investments that would be somewhat out of touch with our long-term goals.” While environmentalists and homebuilders praised the new standards, the proposed rules have some detractors who still support net-zero goals.“We’re happy they’re making good progress,” said Kelly Knutsen, technology advancement director for the California Solar and Storage Association, a solar-industry group. There’s always compromises.” In addition to widespread adoption of solar power, the new provisions include a push to increase battery storage and increase reliance on electricity over natural gas.

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The Daily Caller News Foundation is working hard to balance out the biased American media. Make a one-time donation to support the quality, independent journalism of The DCNF.Among the highlights: The mandate dates back to 2007 when the state energy commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient “newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings.” Builders would prefer the state move slower in imposing the solar mandate, but most nonetheless should be prepared by mid-2020, said the Building Industry Association’s Raymer.Meritage Homes currently installs solar on about 10 percent of its homes, and about 1 percent of them are net zero, a company official said.Practitioners are mandated to electronically prescribe both controlled and non-controlled substances effective March 27, 2016.However, there are a number of exceptions in which a practitioner may issue an Official New York State prescription (ONYSRx) form, oral prescription or a fax of an ONYSRx.

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