N.C. gets grant to develop energy savings

Posted June 30, 2008 3:43 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina has been awarded $500,000 to make buildings more energy efficient, the governor announced Tuesday.

The grant, from the National Governors Association, will go towards research and planning to improve building inspection efforts already in place. The state Energy Office will oversee the program to enforce existing codes and to bring codes up to date as they related to conservation efforts.

“Our building codes already include many energy conservation requirements that if our builders and inspectors are better informed, could result in significant savings with little expense,” Gov. Mike Easley said.

The other states that received the $50,000 grants are Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana and Utah.