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West Virginia's Green Buildings Act on the move

March 12, 2012
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CHARLESTON, WV — If the Green Buildings Act passes, the future of West Virginian buildings will be much more efficient, according to The State Journal.

Senate Bill 76 would require all new building construction projects of public agencies, along with any receiving state funds, to comply with the International Energy Conservation Code and with American National Standards Institute/American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers/International Code Council Standard 90.1-2007, the release stated.

According to the release, the current bill follows past failed attempts to require public buildings to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification.

"I think this is more tailored and focused than in the past," said Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley.

"This focuses us and disciplines us to be energy efficient; it doesn''t matter if it''s LEED or some other standard out there that allows for us to do that," Unger added.

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