Green problems [March 22]

House Bill 239 was the great green hope of 2008: Signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine on March 4, the young law expands the definition of what makes a building "energy efficient" to include a number of different government-sponsored systems of evaluation, and offers the tantalizing possibility of tax breaks for any building that  proves itself 30 percent more efficient than listed in the Virginia Building Code. However, the General Assembly is yet to pass a rule to regulate the lower tax rate for certified efficient buildings. The Daily Progress reports today that tax breaks will not be awarded before 2009. More time to save up for the costly process of going green, right?

Previous "This Just In" articles from this week:

Green is the new gold [March 21]
Downtown Transit Center snags LEED certification

Habit forming [March 20]
The Virginia Quarterly Review once again nominated for National Magazine Awards

Cavs nab first-round win…in some tournament [March 19]
Will face ODU next week

CHS principal selection narrowed [March 18]
Two candidates talk at meeting

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