Raised Bill No. 6284
January Session, 2009
LCO No. 2661
Referred to Committee on Public Safety and Security
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Section 29-256a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(a) On and after [January 1, 2008] July 1, 2010, the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee shall revise the State Building Code to [require] adopt a model energy code requiring that buildings and building elements, including residential, be designed to provide optimum cost-effective energy efficiency over the useful life of the building. Such revision shall meet or exceed the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Standard 90.1 for new construction.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, on and after July 1, 2010, the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Safety, shall revise the State Building Code to [require that any (1) building, except a residential building with no more than four units, constructed after January 1, 2009, that is projected to cost not less than five million dollars, and (2) renovation to any building, except a residential building with no more than four units, started after January 1, 2010, that is projected to cost not less than two million dollars shall be built or renovated using] include provisions requiring certain buildings, that qualify as a new construction or a major alteration of a residential or nonresidential building, to meet or exceed building construction standards [consistent with or exceeding] concerning the thermal envelope or mechanical systems, including, but not limited to, indoor air quality and water conservation, and the lighting and electrical systems of the building. Such provisions shall reference nationally accepted green building rating systems, including, but not limited to, the [silver building rating of the] Leadership in Energy and Environmental[Design's] Design rating system, [for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, a two-globe rating in] the Green Globes USA design program, as established by the Green Building Initiative, the National Green Building Standard, as established by the National Association of Home Builders, or an equivalent rating system approved by the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee. [The inspector and the committee shall provide for an exemption for any building if the Institute for Sustainable Energy finds, in a written analysis, that the cost of such compliance significantly outweighs the benefits.] Such requirements shall include a method for demonstrating compliance at the time of application for a permit or for a certificate of occupancy, including, but not limited to, private third party certification or verification of compliance with the relevant portions of such rating systems.
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
Statement of Purpose:
To require the State Building Inspector and Codes and Standards Committee to revise the State Building Code to include a model energy code and green building standards for certain new construction or renovation projects.
[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]