Portland scales back green building plan

Portland scales back green building plan

Credit: KGW

A construction worker saws away on a project in Oregon.

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Opposition from hurting builders has led Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman to scale back part of a green building plan that affected housing.

As it stands now, the plan calls for commercial construction to be subject to a fee and rebate system: Buildings that simply meet energy and water standards would be charged a fee. But builders could get a waiver or a payment depending on how much more efficient their buildings are.\

But the proposal wouldn't impose such a system on housing construction if at least 20 percent of new homes meet green standards.

Saltzman unveiled the proposals a year ago, and they met criticism from home builders. The revised plan released Wednesday could be up for a City Council vote in the spring.

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