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City of Converse looks to implement green building regulations, including LED lights

The city of Converse, located near San Antonio, Texas, intends to lead a green building revolution. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the Converse City Council recently passed a resolution unanimously to support the green-building standards advocated and certified by Build San Antonio Green (BSAG). Some of these standards and regulations include the installation of environmentally friendly LED lights in lieu of traditional bulb types.

"This is an historic moment for the city of Converse," Mayor Al Suarez told the news source. "The city intends to take a leadership role in assisting its residents in saving money while going green."

Part of the new standards includes a strict regulation that all new homes and buildings that qualify under the BSAG codes must be ENERGY STAR qualified, according to the news source. This means that all homes, in order to gain ENERGY STAR qualification, must be at least 15 percent more efficient than homes constructed under traditional municipal code requirements.

The installation of LED lighting can help a significant amount in qualifying for ENERGY  STAR's stringent regulations. According to the company's website, LED lights can use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, with the energy savings translated on electricity bills. Additionally, LED lights produce very little heat and require less maintenance while lasting longer. All these attributes contribute toward cheaper costs and less stress on both the user and the environment.

Architects and contractors are taking the lead on the building green program by purchasing lots for their new properties while educating residents on the regulations of the new building standards, the news source reports.