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Denver’s New Building Code Requires Electric Car Hook-ups in Garage

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Charging electric cars

New building code requires garage to have electric car hookups.

“It’s a message that’s moving across the United States, to be more energy efficient, to be more sustainable.”–Scott Prisco

By Linn Smith

March 10, 2016—Denver, Colorado’s new building code requires single-family homes and duplexes to be wired with electrical support (conduits leading to the electrical panel) for electric plug-in cars. In the long run, this will make the purchase of an electric car more economical.

According to the Denver Post, it will prevent owners from having to dig or break through walls to install the necessary wiring. Mike Salisbury of Southwest Energy Efficiency Project says, “What this tries to do is make sure it’s easy and inexpensive for a new homeowner (to install) a new charging station.” This wiring will only add an extra $200-$300 to the cost of a new garage, which is minimal compared to the cost of rewiring an already standing garage for a plug-in electric car.

Carport Electric Charging

New codes for Denver requires electric charging facilities.

Other cities, such as Boulder, Vancouver, Los Angeles, have already adopted this requirement for new garages. Scott Prisco, Denver building official, says, “It’s a message that’s moving across the United States, to be more energy efficient, to be more sustainable.”

The new building requirements will take effect in September 2016.

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Author: Planet Earth Weekly

My goal, as a responsible adult, is to leave a planet that people, plants, and animals can continue to occupy comfortably. I am an educator by profession. While educating myself on Climate Change and Renewable Resources, I hope to share my knowledge and images with those that share my concern. Dr. John J. Hidore is a retired professor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and I am proud to call him my Uncle. His work has taken him to regions across the globe—including the Middle East, where he conducted research for a year in the Sudan. He has written many books, such as Climatology: An Atmospheric Science and Global Environmental Change.----Linn Smith

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