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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: May 24, 2013 10:52 AM
From: Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Green Buildings Legislation
In the very near future, I will be re-introducing legislation which will require that the design and construction of state government buildings comply with specified energy and environmental building standards.

This legislation will apply to major facility projects that are owned or leased by the Commonwealth. This bill will require the Department of General Services, in cooperation with DEP, to develop regulations and adopt high-performance building standards. This legislation will apply to any new construction projects in which the building is larger than 10,000 square feet.

The purpose of this legislation is to promote effective energy and environmental standards for buildings in this Commonwealth while at the same time, optimizing energy conservation in the state through proper building construction and design. This legislation would increase the demand for environmentally preferable building materials, improve environmental quality in this Commonwealth by decreasing the discharge of pollutants and would bring public awareness of new technologies that can promote healthier indoor air quality. It would also reduce state and local dependence upon imported sources of energy through buildings that conserve energy and utilize local and renewable energy sources.

Introduced as SB1061