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Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 200X
A bill to be entitled “Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 200X”. This bill finds that:
1. The U.S. Building Sector has been shown to be the major consumer of fossil fuel and producer of greenhouse gas emissions; and
2. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has reported that climate disruption is a reality; and
3. The [STATE] government through programs fostered within many of its key agencies and numerous communities across the U.S. and the state have adopted high performance green building principles; and
4. A recent study – the most definitive cost-benefit analysis of green buildings ever conducted – by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Capital E, a strategic consulting firm, concluded that the financial benefits of green design are between $50 and $70 per square foot, more than 10 times the additional cost associated with building green, over a 20-year time period; and
5. The large positive impact on employee productivity and health gains suggests that green building has a cost-effective impact beyond just the utility bill savings; and
6. Studies have indicated that student attendance and performance is higher in high performance school buildings; and
7. Recognizing that a building’s initial construction costs represent only 20-30 percent of the building’s entire costs over its 30 to 40 year life, emphasis should be placed on the “life cycle costs” of a public building rather than on solely its initial capital costs; and
8. The construction industry in the U.S. represents a significant portion of the economy and a significant portion of the building industry is represented by small business and an increase in sustainable building practices will encourage and promote new and innovative small business development throughout the nation;
BE IT ENACTED BY THE [GENERAL ASSEMBLY] OF THE [STATE]:
Section 1. Short Title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 200X.
Section 2. STATE BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
(A) Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 200X, the [STATE AGENCY] shall establish, by rule, revised State building energy efficiency performance standards that require that:
(i) For new state buildings and state buildings undergoing major renovations:
(I) The buildings be designed to achieve energy consumption levels that are at least 30 percent below the levels established in the version of the ASHRAE Standard or the International Energy Conservation Code, as appropriate, that is in effect as of the date of enactment of the Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 200X.
(II) The buildings be designed so that the fossil fuel-generated energy consumption of the buildings is reduced, as compared with the fossil fuel-generated energy consumption by a similar State building in fiscal year 2003 (as measured by Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey or Residential Energy Consumption Survey data from the Energy Information Agency), by the percentage specified in the following table:
Fiscal Year Percentage Reduction
(III) Sustainable design principles are applied to the siting, design, and construction of all new and replacement buildings and major renovations of buildings.
(ii) If water is used to achieve energy efficiency, water conservation technologies shall be applied to the extent that the technologies are life-cycle cost-effective.
(iii) All other new construction, renovation, repairs and replacements of buildings shall employ cost-effective, energy-efficient, green building practices to the maximum extent possible.
(B) The [STATE AGENCY] shall measure the energy consumption levels and report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly on a regular basis.