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As California experiences a dramatic housing crisis, one unexpected reason for the lack of affordable living space is what at the time seemed to be forward-thinking green building initiatives from then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So reads an opinion from MarketWatch.

Green house 159106 1280The authors argue other places looking to overhaul building codes should be mindful of the costs of such policies and their impact on overall availably of housing. Further, the housing crisis that led so many qualified workers to leave the construction industry has exacerbated the lack of labor needed to build homes under new, more complex environmentally friendly laws, according to the opinion column.

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