New Kansas City Climate Change Building Codes Worsen Housing Crisis???

Back in May, with the help of AWESOME INSIDERS, our blog community broke what might the most important story in the history of Kansas City construction. 

The basics . . . 

KCMO building codes confront change that threaten to tack on TENS OF THOUSANDS to local construction costs and might even require current home owners to spend exorbitant amounts of cash to update their homes in order to conform to new requirements. 

 Our bad . . . We added gossipy vitriol that contradicts the career of a council lady so people didn't really take our rant seriously. 

No matter . . .


Of course the progressive coverage is biased but provides a good enough place to start.

Here's yet another summary of the sitch . . .

“The 2021 codes are the first to really address our Paris (Accord) commitments and how we decarbonize our houses,” said Stephen Melton, who leads the local Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a group often present at Neighborhood Planning and Development meetings.

It’s important to adopt the building codes now and follow its guidance, Melton said, especially regarding insulation. He said it will save builders money if new homes are built with enhanced insulation, rather than trying to retrofit existing homes to fit the updated standards.

“The work now is to quit building homes that need to be retrofitted,” Melton said. “We can put this insulation in homes for about $6,000 a home, and if you build the homes wrong and you have to put it in later, it’s like $50,000.”

Sadly . . .

Of course this bad idea was hatched by council lady Andrea Bough and then supported by her buddy council dude Eric Bunch. 

A few things to consider . . . 

- During testimony on this issue, a construction industry expert claimed these requirements could add as much as another $30,000 to any new home built in KCMO . . . That jump in price would likely push many people out of the market. 

- Yes . . . Taken to its logical extreme . . . City buildings, many apartment buildings and even homes might be required to update in order to come into compliance. 

- Sadly, during discussions there was absolutely no consideration about the current recession and the economic impact of this new legislation on locals from elected leaders . . .There was only talk that the effort would save money rather than cost homeowners even more cash -- Given the questionable proposition that these building requirements are inevitable. 

Our only question this morning . . .


It seems like we might have priorities that are more pressing and need attention from mayor & council. 

Read more via links as we share info from both sides . . .

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