Thompson Introduces Ny Green Construction Bill

Antoine M Thompson

April 11, 2008

Utilizing Recycled Materials, Renewable Energy, and Energy-Efficient Power Generation Systems

Albany, NY- Antoine M. Thompson (D-60, Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) recently introduced legislation within the Senate (S.7202) that would require all new construction and substantial reconstruction projects sponsored by New York State to comply with green building principles. The original bill, A.2005-B, sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), was unanimously passed in the Assembly a few weeks ago.

Thompson, the Senate’s ranking Democrat on Environmental Conservation, mentioned that several states including Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, and Washington already have integrated statewide policies requiring green building practices. Thompson’s legislation applies to construction projects for public buildings over 5,000 square feet. Under the legislation, new construction projects must meet 2006 LEED certification requirements, and empowers both the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to assist with enforcing rules and regulations and consulting with the necessary authorities to resolve any issues.

“Green buildings use (renewable) energy, water, land, materials and other resources more efficiently and effectively. Our goal is to produce less waste while creating a healthier environment for working, learning, and living,” stated Senator Thompson. “In the long run, these efficiencies will save businesses and taxpayers’ money, will create ‘green collar’ jobs, and will ultimately help boost our economy.”

New York State was also among one of the first states in the nation to offer a tax incentive program for the developers and builders of environmentally-friendly buildings. New York State signed into law measures to encourage building owners and developers to design, construct, and operate buildings that are more in harmony with nature and the surrounding environment.