Hartford, Conn. – According to an article in The Day, Governor Rell’s staff has drafted new green regulations for the construction and renovation of state-owned buildings and public schools.
The proposed regulations are designed to reduce energy consumption and costs and enhance a growing work force of “green collar” jobs, according to Adam Liegeot, a spokesman in the governor’s office.
The green building standards, part of recently approved broad-based energy legislation, would apply to new construction of $5 million or more and renovations of $2 million or more, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a prepared statement.
”We are building a cleaner, greener future for all of Connecticut,” Rell stated.
”These strict standards will lead to a new generation of energy efficient ‘green’ buildings, and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. Our children, grandchildren and generations beyond will benefit from the stewardship that we commit to today,” she added.
Some of the requirements in the proposed rules include:
- Designing buildings to be 21 percent more energy efficient than current state building code;
- Using low-flow fixtures to consume 20 percent less water;
- Installing appliances that comply with Energy Star standards;
- Using indoor adhesives and paints low in volatile organic compound emissions.
The regulations were written in accordance with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Now that the proposed regulations are completed, they will be forwarded to the state Office of Policy & Management, which will submit them to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s office for review, Liegeot said. Final approval of the regulations must come from the Legislature’s Regulations and Review Committee.
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