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As Marshall fire victims rebuild, Louisville’s new green building codes are increasing costs and raising tensions over local climate rules

As Marshall fire victims rebuild, Louisville’s new green building codes are increasing costs and raising tensions over local climate rules

Susan Loo, a retired Louisville city council member, was skeptical when her former colleagues decided to adopt some of Colorado's most aggressive green building codes last fall.

As Marshall fire victims rebuild, Louisville’s new green building codes are increasing costs and raising tensions over local climate rules

At the time, she worried the local construction rules, designed to cut emissions and energy costs, weren't practical and could slow commercial development across the city.

She never suspected the devastation the Marshall fire would bring just weeks later. The suburban firestorm destroyed more than 550 homes across Louisville, including her two-story home near Harper Lake.