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Governor's Bill No. 6377

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 2844

 

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Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING GREEN BUILDING REGULATIONS.

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

Section 1. Section 16a-38k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any (1) new construction of a state facility that is projected to [cost five million dollars, or more,] contain thirty-five thousand gross square feet or more and for which all budgeted project bond funds are allocated by the State Bond Commission on or after [January 1, 2008] January 1, 2009, (2) renovation of a state facility that is projected to [cost two million dollars or more, of which two million dollars or more is state funding, approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008] contain twenty thousand gross square feet or more for which state funding is approved and funded on or after January 1, 2009, (3) new construction of a facility that is projected to [cost five million dollars, or more, of which two million dollars or more is state funding, and is] contain thirty-five thousand gross square feet or more for which state funding is authorized by the General Assembly pursuant to chapter 173 on or after January 1, 2009, and (4) renovation of a public school facility as defined in subdivision (18) of section 10-282 that is projected to [cost two million dollars or more, of which two million dollars or more is state funding, and is] contain twenty thousand gross square feet or more for which state funding is authorized by the General Assembly pursuant to chapter 173 on or after January 1, 2009, shall comply with or exceed compliance with the silver building rating of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's rating system for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, a two-globe rating in the Green Globes USA design program until the regulations described in subsection (b) of this section are adopted. The [Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the] Commissioner of Public Works [and the Institute for Sustainable Energy,] shall exempt any facility from complying with said regulations if said [secretary] commissioner finds, in a written analysis, that the cost of such compliance significantly outweighs the benefits. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the redesign of any new construction of a state facility that is designed in accordance with the silver building rating of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's rating system for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, a two-globe rating in the Green Globes USA design program, provided the design for such facility was initiated or completed prior to the adoption of the regulations described in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) Not later than [January 1, 2007, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with] January 1, 2010, the Commissioner of Public Works, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the Commissioner of Public Safety, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to adopt state building construction standards that are consistent with or exceed the silver building rating of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's rating system for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, including energy standards that exceed those set forth in the 2004 edition of the American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 by no less than twenty per cent, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, a two-globe rating in the Green Globes USA design program, and thereafter update such regulations as the secretary deems necessary.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

16a-38k

ET

Joint Favorable