Friday, June 02, 2006

The Green Scene – DC Proposes Building Standards


The District Govt. this week proposed a bill "to establish a high performance building standard to encourage the planning, design, construction and operation of building projects to help to mitigate the environmental, economic and social impacts..." for projects of 20,000 square feet or more. The legislation adopts the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system that requires a rating of each new building, with a 3 cents per square foot tax for buildings not meeting stated compliance levels, and increasing the compliance rating compliance levels on a yearly basis.

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