Originally published in Interiors & Sources

08/24/2011

USGBC Report: States Powering New, Innovative Green Building Policy

New report highlights green policy advancements in the United States

 
USGBC Report: States Powering New, Innovative Green Building Policy

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a report highlighting positive green building policy advancements being made in all 50 states. The report, "Advancing Green Building Policy in the States: 2011 Victories from Alabama to Wyoming," showcases actions that states are taking to transform the market, despite a struggling economy.

"This report is a goldmine of creative approaches to driving a green economy where super-efficient buildings become the norm rather than the exception," says Roger Platt, senior vice president of global policy and law, USGBC.

"Given the public's demand that government do more with less, well-targeted investments at the state level can actually inspire innovation, unlock efficiency and promote public health all while creating and maintaining jobs," adds Platt.

Among the hundreds of strong ideas that have been initiated by state legislatures and regulatory authorities this year, 25 states have taken another step forward. The newly adopted policies are wide ranging, covering energy efficiency finance, investments in high-performance schools and incentives for green homes and manufacturing facilities, in addition to new minimum codes.

Highlights include:

  • A "cool schools" bill adopted in Oregon, which would allow the state to repair and retrofit aging schools to reduce operational costs and create jobs. This will also promote human and environmental health in the buildings where 20 percent of America spends its time.
  • A bill in Connecticut establishing the nation's first state-managed "green bank"—also known as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority—which leverages government dollars to provide financing for clean energy and efficiency projects across the state.
  • A new law in Colorado providing incentives for homeowners to improve both the energy efficiency of their existing home and also to purchase a "highly efficient new home," such as one that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
  • In New York, a new law establishing a revolving loan fund that enables property owners to access financing for retrofits and energy efficiency upgrades and to repay the loan with savings earned on utility bills.
  • A Maryland act which enables the adoption of a national model green building code by all local governments across the state.

The full report can be viewed here. Visit USGBC's blog for more details.

 


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