Legislation

Kepert Adopts Energy Star Enhancement Legislation


Farmingville May 19, 2010 - Councilwoman Connie Kepert, who introduced groundbreaking legislation in 2006 requiring any new single-family dwelling, multiple-family dwelling, Planned Retirement Communities (PRC) to meet Energy Star guidelines, has enhanced that legislation with a two-fold amendment requiring larger homes to be more efficient as well as closing a loophole that will necessitate renewal of building permits to comply with energy star requirements. “These amendments will result in a significant reduction in homeowners’ energy costs as well as reducing carbon emissions,” stated Councilwoman Kepert.

The first amendment requires larger homes which use more energy to score higher on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) test. Although the average family size has dropped over the years the size of homes has increased dramatically by 1,247 sq.ft. “Homes being built with a square footage of over 4,500 square feet will be required to score a higher Hers rating of 87, while those that are less than 4,500 square feet will continue to meet the 84 Hers rating required in the 2006 legislation,” stated Kepert.

The second amendment closes a loophole which allowed old building permits issued prior to the adoption of Energy Star Legislation to be renewed without complying with the more efficient building code. “Over the last four years the Town of Brookhaven has renewed an average of 1000 building permits per year, these enhancements will equate to a substantial economic and environmental impact here in Brookhaven,” stated Kepert.

“I commend Councilwoman Kepert for making a great law even better. Today’s trailblazing code amendments will improve an already great law by closing the permit renewal loophole and by setting higher energy efficiency standards for larger homes. We estimate that this law, which began in Brookhaven, has already saved Long Island homeowners over one million dollars. With these enhancements we expect that homeowners will save hundreds of millions in avoided fuel costs in the coming decades,” stated Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

“When you consider a home that meets the Energy Star guidelines not only saves an average of 30% in energy costs, but that it offsets the release of 2.25 tons of greenhouse gases that would otherwise pollute our atmosphere, that’s making a real difference,” concluded Kepert.

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     “The Energy Star resolution, which Connie Kepert introduced, made it mandatory for all new homes built in the Town Of Brookhaven to meet Energy Star guidelines,” said Neil Lewis, Director of the Neighborhood Network.


An Energy Star Home reduces energy usage by 30% for both heating and cooling homes.  An average homeowner holding a 30-year mortgage can look forward to saving $23,400 over that 30-year period, and that is calculated by today’s oil and gas prices, so the savings will most likely be much greater than that.     


Consider the following facts:


·Residential energy accounts for 15% of energy consumption nationwide, and nearly 17% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.  


·In the next 5 years it is estimated that 8,000 homes will be built in the Town of Brookhaven.


·An Energy Star home will avoid 2.25 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.  That equates to 18,000 tons of greenhouse gases which otherwise would have been emitted into the environment. That is the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the roads annually, or 38,000 barrels of oil not burned each year, that’s making a difference!

 

    “If towns across America follow the trend started here in the Town Of Brookhaven we have the potential to dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil and release us from our marriage of convenience with foreign nations. Energy Star is not only about energy conservation or making life on Long Island a more affordable place to live, it’s also the patriotic thing to do” said Connie Kepert


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                    In Record Time Threat of Asphalt Plant Ended!


In just two months Councilwoman Kepert was able to end the threat of an asphalt plant being built in Middle Island.  In February 2003 Roanoke Sand and Gravel submitted an application to build an asphalt plant in the heart of Middle Island.  For 3 long years the former administration failed to act.  In sharp contrast, immediately upon taking office, Connie Kepert sought to end the threat to build an asphalt plant in Middle Island.  Crafting a solution Councilwoman Kepert brought Roanoke Sand and Gravel to the table.


“This agreement represents how my administration plans to tackle these types of threats that arise in our Town.  I applaud the efforts of

Connie Kepert in finding common ground with Roanoke Sand and Gravel, so that this community would be spared having an asphalt plant built nearby,” said Supervisor Brian Foley.