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New solar power regs

A number of B.C. municipalities are adopting building code rules that require new homes be built to accommodate possible solar power collectors. - COURTESY OF METRO CREATIVE
A number of B.C. municipalities are adopting building code rules that require new homes be built to accommodate possible solar power collectors.
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New homes in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody will have to be ready for the sun under new building code regulations that will come into effect June 21.

The two cities are among 36 in the province that have agreed to adopt a new building regulation requiring new single-family homes to have an area for a solar collector — equipment that uses the sun’s energy to heat water —although the components won’t have to be installed.

Communities have to choose to adopt the new regulation because not all can benefit from solar power. But according to the press release, the initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy conservation.

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