Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Problem with Codes

If you've ever scratched your head about some of the more inane aspects of building codes and energy standards, the following article from the Ludwig von Mises Institute is an excellent article to read.

The problem with codes and regulations is everything gets treated like a nail by the regulatory hammer. This is why consumers living in northern parts of the U.S. who run their air conditioning a few hundred hours a year are required to buy air conditioners so efficient, they'll never pay off (and create dehumidification problems at the same time). It's consumers living in areas without water shortages are forced to buy toilets designed for areas with scarce water. It's why we're about to lose the incandescent light bulb.

Read the article here.

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