Home builders say proposed changes to Minn. building code will shrink market

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Proposed changes to Minnesota's building code, including a handful of energy upgrades that would require builders to increase the amount of insulation to basement walls and add fire sprinklers to every new house, have roused the ire of some local builders.

May 18, 2012

Proposed changes to Minnesota's building code, including a handful of energy upgrades that would require builders to increase the amount of insulation to basement walls and add fire sprinklers to every new house, have roused the ire of some local builders. Builders say the changes could raise the price of a new house by $20,000 and shrink the market by at least 20,000 prospective buyers.

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