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New NOM for sustainable housing in the works

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A better idea

Mexico’s Energy and Environment Ministries are working to prepare new regulations applying to sustainable housing construction and retrofitting, according to a presentation made by an Energy Ministry (SE) official during the International Forum on Urban Development and Sustainable Reconversion held in Mexico City recently.  The regs will come in the form of a Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM), or Official Mexican Norm, which is Mexico’s system of obligatory performance and safety standards for some types of products and industrial activities.  The new NOM is planned to establish the parameters within which housing units will be officially considered “sustainable,” based on characteristics such as energy and water efficiency, insulation and waste disposal, among others.  Presumably compliance with the guidelines will be required for housing to qualify for government incentive programs for builders and homeowners intended to stimulate increased energy efficiency.  Residential housing is estimated by the SE to be among the largest consumers of energy in the country, accounting for approximately 19% of power use nationwide.  Officials are targeting early 2012 for completion of the new regulations. Continue reading New NOM for sustainable housing in the works