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- International Code Council set to debut new Green Construction Code in 2010
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New York has recently joined in the efforts toward green building. Governor David A. Paterson recently signed into law the State Green Building Construction Act.
State Green Building Construction Act
The State Green Building Construction Act is scheduled to go into effect August 27, 2010 and will require that all new government buildings adhere to green building standards set by the New York Office of General Services. These rules will apply to all future construction and any major renovation projects.
“The state of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” Paterson said..
Green Building will Save Tax Payers Money
According to Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, the author of the bill and a member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, “The Green Building Construction Act will significantly reduce New York State’s use of energy, as our state buildings are among the biggest energy consumers. In addition, green building construction will help create new ‘green collar’ jobs and encourage the use and development of green technologies.
New York’s Office of General Services will be responsible for shaping the new code. In the past the state has utilized LEED certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED is the most well-known green building certification system by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Office of General Services currently has 31 LEED accredited design professionals and will have at least one assigned to oversee each new project.
According to a report by Wendy Koch, USA Today, “Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma and South Dakota enacted laws this year requiring that new, large state buildings meet LEED standards. More than a dozen cities and counties did the same, including Chandler, Ariz.; El Paso; Tampa; Monterey, Calif.; Fairfax County, Va.; and Starkville, Miss.”
Green building and green renovation is certainly the next ‘It’ industry and with any will put our county on the path to sustainability.
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• New York State, Department of Environmental Conservation; http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/218.html
• U.S. Green Building Council; http://www.usgbc.org/
• Wendy Koch, ‘Green’ building codes sprout up across USA; USA Today