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feature New Perils for Contractors in the ‘Greening’ of Connecticut By Timothy T. Corey, Jared Cohane and Michael J. Pendell For the past five years, Connecticut has attempted to join the green building movement, with limited legislative success. Connecticut adopted a Green Building Code back in 2007 that required state-funded projects to implement certain green building construction standards to public buildings; however, that law met with serious scrutiny. The Green Building Code required the Connecticut State Building Inspector to mandate that any new building over $5 million, and any renovation to existing buildings that exceeded $2 million, meet or exceed LEED standards. Following passage of that law, Connecticut’s Attorney General issued an advisory opinion that the Green Building Code was most likely unconstitutional because it took powers away from the state and delegated them to an unregulated third party, namely the United States Green Building Council, which sets the LEED standards. Connecticut’s contracting community recognized the law was uncertain and unworkable, and pushed for its overhaul. On July 8, 2009, Connecticut formally joined the green building movement with the adoption of Public Act 09-192, an Act Concerning Green Building Standards and Energy Efficiency Requirements for Commercial and Residential Buildings (the “Green Building Standards Act”). The Green Building Standards Act attempted to rectify the constitutional problem identified by Connecticut’s Attorney General by removing the mandate that commercial and residential buildings and building elements meet or exce e d LEED standards. Instead, the Green Building Standards Act only requires the State Building Code to reference nationally accepted green building rating systems such as LEED. More significantly, the Green Building Standards Act no longer just applies to public buildings, but also to private construction. Under the Act, the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee must revise the State Building Code to require commercial and residential buildings and building elements be designed to provide optimum cost-effective energy efficiency over the useful life of the building and to incorporate the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, no later than 18 months after the publication of said code. The Act also mandates revisions to the State Building Code to include provisions requiring certain newly-constructed buildings of or over a specified minimum size, or a major alteration of a residential or nonresidential building, to meet or exceed optimum cost-effective building construction standards concerning the thermal envelope or mechanical systems. This includes standards for indoor air quality and water conservation, and the lighting and electrical systems of the building. The Act requires that the new code provisions reference nationally-accepted green building rating systems, including, but not limited to, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, the Green Globes USA design program, as established by the Green Building Initiative, the National Green Building Standard, as established by the National Association of Home Builders, or an equivalent rating system approved by the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee. Contractors must set for th a methodology for demonstrating compliance with one of these standards through third-party CONNstruction / Summer 2011 / 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2011

CONNstruction - Summer 2011
Restoring Craftsmanship
How Hiring Preference Laws Could Impair Quality Craftsmanship
The Disappointing Performance of the NLRB
Specialty Contractors Benefi t from AGC and Vice Versa
New Life for Old Buildings
Maintaining the Tradition
Developing the FutureDeveloping the Future
New Perils for Contractors in the ‘Greening’ of Connecticut
The Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Meeting – February 2011
Senator Richard Blumenthal at CCIA
CONNDOT Paving Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2011