State Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) announced the Ohio Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which seeks to improve Ohio’s energy efficiency standards.
SCR 25 supports and encourages the use of energy efficiency standards in Ohio. However, it encourages state agencies to introduce competition into the selection of green building rating systems, and consider the use of only scientifically sound green building rating systems.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private organization that sets standards for evaluating environmentally friendly buildings. LEED is currently used by state agencies to certify schools and other publicly funded buildings in Ohio as energy efficient.
Recently, concerns have been raised by members of the green building industry about the newest version of LEED standards, LEED v4. Opponents claim LEED v4 eliminates the use of a number of safe and effective building materials, impacting numerous industries in Ohio including those that produce insulation foam, vinyl, and flooring.
“It is my responsibility to question Ohio’s green building policies when constituents voice concerns regarding LEED v4 and its potential negative impact on Ohio industries and jobs,” said Senator Uecker. “SCR 25 seeks to preserve jobs while exploring alternative green building systems so Ohio can remain a leader in both energy efficiency and job growth.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 would urge state agencies to adopt the use of the green building rating systems developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) when implementing energy efficiency and environmental performance objectives.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.