The Green Building Council in North Carolina says a bill moving through the legislature would prevent the state from keeping up with advances in building practice, reports the Charlotte Business Journal (“Charlotte US Green Building Council rallies members to fight HB 120,” by Susan Stabley). The bill, HB 120, would direct the state to revise building codes every six years instead of every three years, and would prevent towns from conducting inspections not required by the statewide code. In a letter to state senators, USGBC-NC director Emily Scofield and board chairman Chris Studney wrote, "Delaying implementation of building codes keeps our state from moving forward. It means the minimum standards for North Carolina’s building and housing stock will fail to keep pace with advancing building science and building practices used across the country. A modern energy code will save money for your constituents.”

At the same time, North Carolina mayors are getting heated up over proposed limits on local zoning enforcement powers, reports the Raleigh Public Record (“Proposed State Law Could Have a Huge Impact on Residential Zoning Laws,” by Charles C. Duncan Pardo). One fear raised by Raleigh deputy planning director Ken Bowers is that the bill would unleash multi-family or rooming-house construction in single-family zoned neighborhoods, the paper says. “Bowers said the biggest implication in the proposal is that cities could no longer regulate the layout of rooms in a house,” the paper reports. Said Bower: “Imagine I go into a house and build four kitchens, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, all along a central corridor. All I need is a couple doors with locks, et voila, I’ve got four units... This impacts every single-family zone in every single neighborhood in the state.”