Green Buildings in Massachusetts: State Policies and Regulations


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Green Buildings in Massachusetts: State Policies and Regulations

  1. 1. Green Buildings in Massachusetts: State Policies and Programs • Eric Friedman Director of Leading by Example Programs Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs • Jenna Ide Interim Program Manager, Energy Team Division of Capital Asset Management
  2. 2. Discussion • Statewide Policies Driving Green Buildings • Green Building Standards • State Construction Agencies • Green Building Projects & Programs • What’s Next
  3. 3. State Climate Policies “Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. On this day, we want everyone to know that Massachusetts will not stand on the sidelines.” Governor Deval Patrick, January, 2007 State Actions Since January 2007 • Reorganized State Government to unify environment, energy and utility regulation = EOEEA • Joined Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce CO2 from power plants through market-based cap and trade market- program • Announced that MEPA will consider GHG emissions and mitigation for many large projects • EO 484 targets for energy and climate reductions at agencies
  4. 4. State Clean Energy Policies Making Massachusetts the Center of Energy and Renewable Technologies – Received $2 million award to establish wind blade test facility – Announced retention of Evergreen solar pv manufacturing plant in central Mass. – Encouraging development of Mass. Based Clean Energy Trade Organization – Announced a 250 MW solar goal by 2017 – Announced goal of meeting all future load growth through efficiency
  5. 5. Policies Driving Green Buildings MA Climate Protection Plan • Statewide GHG emission reductions by 2020 Solid Waste Master Plan • 70% waste reduction rate and 56% recycling rate by 2010 • Ban on C&D materials Statewide Water Policy • Reduce water consumption in stressed basins • Promote stormwater recharge and water reuse 10 Sustainable Development Principles • Protect land, use resources wisely, promote clean energy
  6. 6. Leading by Example: EO 484 • Reduce GHG emissions 25% by 2012, 80% by 2050 • Reduce Energy Consumption 20% by 2012, 35% by 2020 • 15% of electricity from Renewable Energy by 2012, 30% by 2020 • Meet Mass. LEED Plus Green Building Standards • Use Biofuel B5 in diesel vehicles and Bioheat B3 blend in heating applications starting this fiscal year (08) • 29 out of 29 state college and university Presidents/Chancellors have signed the AASHE College and University Climate Commitment
  7. 7. Key Construction Agencies 1) Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) 2) Division of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) 3) MA School Building Authority (MSBA) 4) Mass. State College Building Authority (MSCBA) 5) UMass Building Authority (UMBA) 6) Mass. Port Authority (MassPort) 7) Mass. Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) 8) Mass. Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) Construction projects worth well over a billion dollars annually
  8. 8. Mass. Sustainable Design Roundtable • Initiated January, 2005 • 60 participants – public and private sector • Co-chaired by EEA and DCAM Co- • Funding from the Mass. Technology Collaborative • Goal to make recommendations on how to address the key barriers that are impeding successful green building efforts within state agency construction projects
  9. 9. Mass. Sustainable Design Roundtable Research Conducted on 7 working groups a variety of issues formed to review: related to buildings In Massachusetts including: 1. Education & Training • other state sustainable design 2. Capital vs. Operating programs Budgets • key construction agencies, 3. Bidding and awarding potential impacts, and key process leverage points 4. Vision and Leadership • LEED compared to Mass. 5. Incentives Policy priorities 6. Sustainable Design • perceptions of green Metrics buildings among MA 7. Standards, Codes & Regs. practitioners
  10. 10. Sustainable Design Roundtable Results • Final Report issued late summer 2006 • Recommendations for buildings constructed by the state: – Need for education and training – Improving budgeting process – Sets minimum standard for >20k SF and < 20k SF • Mass. LEED Plus Standard requires: – LEED Certification – 20% above Mass. Energy Code – Water use 50% (inside) and 20% (outside) above code – Smart growth criteria • For smaller projects require at least energy performance For Final Report go to:
  11. 11. MA Leading by Example - Projects Cape Cod Community College Technology Center has received a LEED gold rating with PV panels, grey water recycling, and Innovative Daylighting techniques Salem State College Dormitory has applied for LEED certification, building on a brownfield, incorporating daylighting into student suites, and utilizing recycled content furnishings.
  12. 12. MA Leading by Example - Projects Terminal A @ Logan Airport is the nation’s first LEED certified airport terminal, using local materials, natural lighting, and reusing/recycling 75% of project’s C&D waste.
  13. 13. MA Leading by Example - Projects As part of green schools program through Dept. of Education and Mass. Technology Collaborative, Whitman Hanson Regional High School New $15 million MTC Green Schools Program to fund renewable energy will reduce energy projects. costs by $100,000 MSBA offers 2% rebate from state per year funds for schools that meet Mass. CHPS standard
  14. 14. MA Leading by Example - Programs Mass. State College Building Authority • Mass maritime academy – 150 new bed expansion on dorm – LEED Silver or Gold – new 80 kW PV project, waterless urinals • Bridgewater State College – 400 new bid dorm – projected to be Mass. LEED Plus • Mass. College of Art putting in public energy monitor and display • New 120 bed dorm at Fitchburg State College – looking at PV, solar thermal, geothermal, passive solar, use of greywater • BSC renovation and expansion of dorms, replacing all windows, looking at PV, solar thermal • Salem State College - new 70 kW PV installation • Mass. College of Liberal Arts – looking at geothermal • “Embracing sustainability initiatives during project conception to look at array of opportunities”
  15. 15. MA Leading by Example - Programs Division of Housing and Community Development • Mandatory green building self-assessment for low income self- housing tax credit projects • Housing Development Division will use a $1.5 million fund for home ownership affordable housing to include energy conservation and renewable generation. • Massachusetts Green Communities(tm)$8.5 million partnership for MassHousing's Green Affordable Housing Development Program to promote the construction of renewable energy generation systems in affordable rental housing developments. • EnergyStar minimum criteria for several programs
  16. 16. MA Leading by Example - Programs Division of Capital Asset Management • Commitment from Commissioner • Requiring Mass. LEED Plus for ALL Projects • Training staff to be LEED AP • Hiring new energy and green building staff • developing energy tracking and reporting system • require modeling and commissioning on all major projects • Hiring LEED/Sustainable design consultants • Integrated design process with multiple agencies, architects, engineers • $250 million psychiatric hospital in Worcester targeting LEED Gold
  17. 17. What’s Next? • Legislation – Considering various possibilities for energy legislation • Decoupling • Feed-in tariffs Feed- • Funding options – Possible green buildings legislation • Looking at energy code and requiring tied to international code • Time of sale energy ratings for residential properties • Identify “stretch code” and incentivize incorporation of higher standards • Broadening minimum standards to other public agencies (e.g. authorities, schools, municipal buildings) • Continued focus on make energy efficiency and renewable energy more cost-effective across Commonwealth cost-
  18. 18. Contacts Eric Friedman Director of Leading by Example Programs EOEEA 617-626-1034 / 617-626- Jenna Ide Interim Program Manager, Energy Team DCAM 617-727- 617-727-4030 x487