The North Carolina Building Code Council has raised standards for energy efficiency in new construction. Commercial building will be required to be 30 percent more energy efficient, while homes will have to be 15 percent more energy efficient.

Here’s what jumped out at me when reading Mark Binker’s N&R print edition story (unposted):

Advocates say such energy efficient standards repay homeowners by lowering power bills. It’s an investment recouped well before the extra price built into a mortgage is paid off, according to pro-environment groups and engineers who study green building at Appalachian State University. An added bonus: The less energy houses use, the fewer newer power plants that energy companies have to build to serve the state.

Sounds like another liberal program that pays for itself. I submit there is no such thing.