SB 952 Requires newly constructed state buildings to meet certain green building standards
Sponsor: Wright-Jones
LR Number: 4953L.01I Fiscal Note: 4953-01N.ORG
Committee: Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources
Last Action: 3/3/2010 - Hearing Conducted S Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2010

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SB 952 - State-funded buildings over 5,000 square feet constructed after August 28, 2010 must be certified, at minimum, as meeting either the 2 Globes level under the Green Globes building rating system or the Silver level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system. The act prescribes certain points that must be earned in achieving either the 2 Globes or Silver level certification. The Office of Administration may waive the points requirements for economic feasibility reasons.

State-funded building renovation and commercial interior fit-out projects must be analyzed under one of several options, including a life cycle cost analysis comparing the costs and benefits of renovating to the 2 Globes or Silver standards, normal industry standards, or a building standard in between.

The Office of Administration may petition the General Assembly to require all state-funded building construction and renovation projects to meet a different or additional high-performance building standard, provided that such building standard is at least as stringent as the Green Globes and LEED standards.

The act requires periodic inspections of buildings built to the 2 Globes or Silver standards. The inspector must report its findings to the Office of Administration and the state agency that occupies the building. For 15 years, the Office of Administration must monitor and evaluate the energy and environmental benefits associated with each building subject to the act's requirements.

The Office of Administration must submit a report to the energy committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate regarding activities and information that result from the act's provisions.

ERIKA JAQUES