Portland Wants to Make Eco-Roofs and Solar Easier

Portland, Oregon planners are updating the city's zoning to make home improvements for solar panels and eco-roofing easier to do, but some developers think it will actually make things more difficult.

Nathalie Weinstein writes, "As solar panels and eco-roofs become nearly as common as doors or windows, new code amendments would allow faster permitting of those green features on certain structures.

An exemption for solar panels and eco-roofs would allow those improvements to be added to existing buildings without triggering a design review, as long as nothing else is being done to the building."

Full Story: Greening zoning codes to match city’s sustainable mindset

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