Senate Panel Approves Rafferty Bill To Promote ‘Green’ Building Standards

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would require state government buildings to comply with “green” design and construction standards.

Senate Bill 1061 would require the following buildings to comply with specified energy and high-performance building standards:

  • A state-owed building project larger than 20,000 gross square feet
  • A new building project larger than 20,000 gross square feet in which a PA agency has agreed to lease no fewer than 90 percent of the gross square feet.
  • A renovation of a state-owned or leased building that is larger than 20,000 gross square feet and at least 90 percent of the total square footage of the building.

“Requiring state office buildings to be environmentally friendly will help to conserve energy and promote the use of local and renewable energy sources,” Rafferty said.  “It will also raise public awareness about the use of green building materials and serve as an example for others to follow.”

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