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S. C. R. No. 25  As Adopted by the Senate
As Adopted by the Senate

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
S. C. R. No. 25


Senator Uecker 

Cosponsors: Senators Schaffer, Coley, Hite 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To urge, for Ohio state agencies and other government entities, the use of green building rating systems, codes, or standards that are consistent with state energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives and policies and that meet American National Standards Institute voluntary consensus standard procedures.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING):


        WHEREAS, The State of Ohio is dedicated both to economic growth and to the objectives of achieving energy efficiency and environmental performance in state agency and other government buildings; and

       WHEREAS, The selection of building materials and products for new construction and renovation can significantly contribute to achieving these objectives; and

       WHEREAS, Many building materials and products that are capable of contributing to the state's energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives are manufactured or harvested in Ohio, and their manufacture and harvest support Ohio jobs and contribute to the state's economic growth; and

       WHEREAS, Energy efficient buildings further contribute to economic growth by reducing long-term operating and maintenance costs of state agency and other government buildings; and

       WHEREAS, To ensure long-term energy conservation and realize cost savings, buildings must be designed and constructed to exceed the highest energy standards; and

       WHEREAS, Private sector green building rating systems, codes, and other standards can be useful tools that, when implemented, can result in buildings that exceed the energy standards for energy efficiency and environmental performance; and

       WHEREAS, The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v4 green building system fails to conform to recognized voluntary standard development procedures, including but not limited to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures, and fails to base environmental and health criteria on risk assessment methodology; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, urge Ohio state agencies and other government entities to use green building rating systems, codes, or standards that are consistent with state energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives and policies; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the only systems, codes, and standards used in state agency and other government buildings be those that have been developed in an open and transparent way with the input of Ohio building materials and products manufacturers and harvesters to ensure that the use of green building rating systems, codes, and other standards from the private sector are consistent with Ohio objectives and policies; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the State of Ohio use private sector green building rating systems, codes, and other standards to implement state energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives provided that they are voluntary consensus standards that are properly grounded in science and include the use of environmental and health criteria that are based on risk assessment methodology generally accepted by applicable scientific disciplines; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the use of green building rating systems, codes, and other standards that have been developed pursuant to ANSI procedures be presumptively deemed to be open, transparent, and voluntary consensus standards suitable for Ohio government use; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the LEED v4 green building rating system no longer be used by Ohio's state agencies and government entities until the USGBC conforms its system development to the ANSI voluntary consensus standard procedures as confirmed by ANSI or until the state, after an opportunity for public comment and participation, incorporates the LEED v4 system by reference, in whole or in part, into the administrative rules for state agency or government entity building standards; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Office of Energy Services within the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) immediately review, while taking economic growth and long-term operating and maintenance costs into account, the availability and suitability of alternative private sector green building rating systems, codes, and other standards that advance state energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the OFCC continue to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design features into approved school projects through the use of alternative green building rating systems, codes, and standards other than LEED v4; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the USGBC.

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