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Substitute Senate Bill No. 152

Public Act No. 04-168

AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ROOFING PROJECTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 10-291 of the general statutes, as amended by section 30 of public act 03-76 and section 6 of public act 03-220, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Department of Education shall not approve a school building project plan or site, as applicable, if:

(1) The site is in an area of moderate or high radon potential, as indicated in the Department of Environmental Protection's Radon Potential Map, or similar subsequent publications, except where the school building project plan incorporates construction techniques to mitigate radon levels in the air of the facility;

(2) The plans incorporate new roof construction or total replacement of an existing roof and do not provide for the following: (A) A minimum roof pitch of one-half inch per foot, except that for a total replacement of an existing roof, the Commissioner of Education may permit the minimum roof pitch to be reduced to one-quarter inch per foot if the commissioner finds, based upon written certification from a licensed architect or engineer provided by the town or regional board of education, that (i) such reduction of roof pitch will not impede drainage or cause pooling of water that may leak into the building to a greater degree than that of a roof of a minimum roof pitch of one-half inch per foot, (ii) the cost of replacing the roof with a minimum roof pitch of one-half inch per foot would substantially exceed the cost of replacing the roof with a minimum roof pitch of one-quarter inch per foot, (iii) the time needed to replace the roof with a minimum roof pitch of one-half inch per foot would be substantially longer than the time needed to replace the roof with a minimum roof pitch of one-quarter inch per foot, and (iv) the existing building would not support a roof with a roof pitch of one-half inch per foot without a substantial rebuilding of the existing building, (B) a minimum twenty-year unlimited manufacturer's guarantee for water tightness covering material and workmanship on the entire roofing system, (C) the inclusion of vapor retarders, insulation, bitumen, felts, membranes, flashings, metals, decks and any other feature required by the roof design, and (D) that all manufacturer's materials to be used in the roofing system are specified to meet the latest standards for individual components of the roofing systems of the American Society for Testing and Materials;

(3) In the case of a major alteration, renovation or extension of a building to be used for public school purposes, the plans do not incorporate the guidelines set forth in the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association's publication entitled "Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction" or similar subsequent publications; or

(4) In the case of a new construction, extension, renovation or replacement, the plans do not include a plan that the building maintenance staff responsible for such facility are trained or are receiving training or that the applicant plans to provide training in the appropriate areas of plant operations including, but not limited to, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems pursuant to section 10-231e, with specific training relative to indoor air quality.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Not later than June 30, 2004, any town or regional board of education that on or after July 1, 2003, but before the effective date of this section, (1) had plans approved by the Department of Education for a total replacement of an existing roof, or (2) submitted such plans as part of the school building project plan approval process described in section 10-291 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, may request an amendment to such plans allowing for a reduction in roof pitch in accordance with the procedures set forth in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of said section 10-291.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Not later than January 1, 2005, the Department of Education shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and the environment, which report shall contain the number of town or regional boards of education that have requested an allowance for a reduction in roof pitch in accordance with the procedures set forth in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10-291 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and the number of such requests granted by the Department of Education.

Approved June 1, 2004