Green building bill awaits Governor

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 10, 2010

CMTA is asking Governor Schwarzenegger to veto AB 2670 (Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles). It establishes a State Capitol Sustainability Task Force and mandates the state to use the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)” rating system for the State Capitol buildings and grounds.

LEED’s green building rating system does not appropriately recognize the energy saving and environmental benefits of renewable wood products. Through several specific credits, the LEED system puts U.S. wood products at a significant disadvantage to competing (and environmentally inferior) building materials.

Of additional concern is the creation of a monopoly in the state green building business to USGBC, a private entity and the owner of the LEED standard. All green building programs should have the opportunity to compete in the market. Credible systems, such as the National Green Building Standard, Green Globes, and the state’s own CalGreen Standards, would be prevented from contributing to legislative and regulatory goals.

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