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Highlights from USGBC MD 2014 Agenda

Green in the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly
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REQUIRE ENERGY LABELS ON STATE AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

State and local governments should be required to post the
Energy Star rating of each government owned building at the
front door. Buildings use 74% of all electricity in the U.S.,
and government can raise consciousness about the need
to reduce energy use by posting the Energy Star ratings of
state and local government buildings.


EXPAND HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS ACT TO
RECIPIENTS OF STATE AID

The State’s existing High Performance Building Act, which
currently applies to State owned and leased property, should
be expanded so that any new building or major building
renovation funded solely or partly by a grant of State aid of
$100,000 or more would be required to be built as a green
building.


ENCOURAGE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ON-BILL
FINANCING PROGRAM

The Maryland Energy Administration and Public Service
Commission should be authorized to administer a financing
program for utilities to extend low- or no-interest loans to
qualifying residential and commercial customers for energy efficiency
upgrades of up to $25,000 for residential and
$50,000 for commercial. An energy audit would be a prerequisite
of obtaining a loan, which would be repaid directly
to utility company through a charge on monthly utility
bill. The utility companies could receive renewable energy
credits in exchange for interest-free loans to customers.


ENCOURAGE LOCAL ADOPTION OF INTERNATIONAL
GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE

Local jurisdictions should adopt the International Green
Construction Code, with appropriate local amendments, as
an alternative compliance path to be used at the election
of a project owner.


RECOGNIZE BALTIMORE AND HOWARD COUNTY’S
GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

A building constructed in accordance with the Baltimore
City Green Building Standards or Howard County Green
neighborhoods standard should be recognized as “high
performance building” satisfying the requirement for green
building, as prescribed in the State Finance and Procurement
Article.


SUPPORT COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY
GENERATION

Utilities and the Public Service Commission should be
urged to support legislation to foster community renewable
energy generation. Under current Maryland law, only
individual homes can receive the offset benefits of renewable
generation, like solar power. For many city residents
who live in apartment buildings or row houses, there is not
sufficient space to generate the solar power to make the
panels cost-efficient.




2014 Legislative Session Tracking

PRIORITY BILLS
HB 207 High Performance Building
Legislation- State Capital Projects

GREEN BILL TRACKER
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