PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 16, 528
PRINTER'S NO. 613
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY HARPER, STURLA, O'BRIEN, FLECK, ROSS, HAGGERTY, HARHART, V. BROWN, PASHINSKI, KORTZ, O'NEILL, WATSON, BRADFORD, MCCARTER, PETRI, CALTAGIRONE, MATZIE, FREEMAN, MILNE, MURT AND MOLCHANY, JANUARY 8, 2013
AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
1Requiring the design, construction and renovation of certain
2State-owned or State-leased buildings to comply with
3specified energy and environmental building standards; and
4providing for the powers and duties of the Department of
8Section 1. Short title.
11Section 2. Purpose.
24Section 3. Definitions.
1"Commonwealth agency." An executive agency, an independent
2agency, a State-affiliated entity or State-related institution
3as defined by 62 Pa.C.S. § 103 (relating to definitions). The
4term also includes the General Assembly, its officers and
5agencies and the unified judicial system and its officers and
13"Major facility project." Any of the following:
16(2) A new building project in which the building to be
17constructed is more than 20,000 gross square feet and in
18which building a Commonwealth agency has agreed to lease no
19fewer than 90% of the gross square feet.
23The term does not include a building, regardless of size or
24ownership interest, that does not have conditioned space as
25defined by Standard 90.1 of the American Society of Heating,
26Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, referred to as
1Section 4. Standards.
12(3) Employ third-party, postconstruction review and
13verification for achievement of certification by an
14organization that has a track record of certified green
15buildings in the United States and uses a consensus-based
17(b) Level of performance.--The performance required under
18the adopted high-performance building standards shall be at or
19above the level beyond the minimum level required by the
21(c) Achieve Energy Star ratings.--
22(1) In addition to meeting the performance requirements
23of the adopted high performance building standards, all major
24facility projects are required to be designed to earn Energy
25Star certification to achieve an Environmental Protection
26Agency Energy Star rating of 75 or above.
27(2) Paragraph (1) shall apply only to major facility
28projects which commence after the effective date of this act
29and involve building types for which the Environmental
30Protection Agency provides Energy Star ratings.
<-1(d) Cost recovery.--The difference between any additional
2cost incurred in a major facility project and the lowest cost
3alternative shall have an estimated recovery period of not more
4than ten years.
5Section 5. Scope.
9Section 6. Regulations.
22Section 7. Report.
23The department shall prepare and submit annually a report to
24the chairman and the minority chairman of the Environmental
25Resources and Energy Committee of the Senate, the chairman and
26the minority chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy
27Committee of the House of Representatives, the chairman and
28minority chairman of the State Government Committee of the
29Senate and the chairman and minority chairman of the State
30Government Committee of the House of Representatives. The report
1shall at a minimum include:
12Section 8. Monitoring and evaluation.
13The department shall develop and implement a process to
14monitor and evaluate the energy and environmental benefits
15associated with each major facility project designed,
16constructed or renovated under this act. The Commonwealth agency
17occupying the building shall commence monitoring and evaluation
18in accordance with the department-established process one year
19after the completion and occupancy of the major facility project
20and continue for five years thereafter.
21Section 9. Applicability.
22This act shall apply as follows:
30Section 10. Enforcement.
1The department shall not implement or enforce the provisions
2of this act as they apply to major facility projects owned or
3leased by a Commonwealth agency until the Secretary of General
4Services and the Secretary of the Budget determine there is
5adequate funding available to cover additional costs resulting
6from compliance with the requirements of this act.
7Section 11. Effective date.
8This act shall take effect in 60 days.