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Saturday, January 24, 2009

TheDay.com - New 'green' rules drafted for state buildings

I know....you don't need another post about how everyone's starting to require Green Building..blah, blah, blah, you can't do LEED calcs in AutoCAD and need to get Revit...blah, blah, blah...and need IES's Sustainability toolkit, Ecotect and Green Building Studio...blah blah blah...instead I'll just give you more data for those of you needing help convincing your company to switch now before the Stimulus money shows up at your front door and you're caught unprepared for government projects requiring BIM.

TheDay.com - New 'green' rules drafted for state buildings: "The governor's staff has drafted new “green” regulations for the construction and renovation of state-owned buildings and public schools.

The proposed regulations are designed to reduce energy consumption and costs and enhance a growing work force of “green collar” jobs, according to Adam Liegeot, a spokesman in the governor's office.

The green building standards, part of recently approved broad-based energy legislation, would apply to new construction of $5 million or more and renovations of $2 million or more, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a prepared statement.

”We are building a cleaner, greener future for all of Connecticut,” Rell stated.

”These strict standards will lead to a new generation of energy efficient 'green' buildings, and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. Our children, grandchildren and generations beyond will benefit from the stewardship that we commit to today,” she added."

Some of the requirements in the proposed rules include:

■ Designing buildings to be 21 percent more energy efficient than current state building code;

■ Using low-flow fixtures to consume 20 percent less water;

■ Installing appliances that comply with Energy Star standards;

■ Using indoor adhesives and paints low in volatile organic compound emissions.

The regulations were written in accordance with the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” or “LEED” rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The rating system encourages environmental integrity, energy efficiency, healthy work spaces and sustainable building practices.

Now that the proposed regulations are completed, they will be forwarded to the state Office of Policy & Management, which will submit them to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office for review, Liegeot said. Final approval of the regulations must come from the Legislature's Regulations and Review Committee.

P.DADDONA@THEDAY.COM
http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=2e625873-2644-4431-ad4a-a193a9c995bd


1 comments:

Two Dogs January 24, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

Is there anyone in our industry at all that understands the implications of FORCED government standards such as these? Is there anyone in our industry that is rethinking LEED based on philosophy unformed by junk science? I understand the need for energy efficient buildings better than the average bear, but to pull a random figure like 21% from thin air seems to be irresponsible considering the wastefulness of the vast majority of government buildings and expenditures. $1074.00 per square foot for the new Capital Visitor's Center is crazy and it doesn't even meet these standards.

What I am asking is "Are there any professionals that are questioning these very restrictive regulations and promoting more private industry solutions to conservation?" Or is this just going to be yet another ADA that is patently wasteful and unhelpful to anyone?

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