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Hawaii County misses deadline for cost-saving code revisions

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A new statewide energy code could increase the cost of home building after officials missed a deadline to enact exemptions on Hawaii Island, a report said.

Hawaii County failed to meet a two-year deadline to implement changes to the International Energy Conservation Code, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday.

Neither the county council nor the public works department initiated a new law to make changes, while Maui and Kauai passed bills to lessen the code’s impact.

The updated code that went into effect last week requires double-paned windows and completely sealed houses with fully insulated walls, floors and roofs. The change will reduce energy use by almost a third, saving more than $1 billion in statewide energy costs over 20 years, officials said.