SB-416. State agencies: building and renovation projects: LEED certification

Green building. Photo by Canva.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board (ARB) as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and requires all state agencies to consider and implement strategies to reduce their GHG emissions.

This bill would require all new building and major renovation projects larger than 10,000 gross square feet undertaken by state agencies, and for which the project schematic design documents are initiated by the state agency on or after January 1, 2024, to obtain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or “LEED” Gold or higher certification, as described. The bill would authorize certification to an equivalent or higher rating system or standard, if any, only when approved by the Director of General Services.

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Bill Author: Senator John Laird.