Senate Bill 416 – LEED Certification Required For Building And Renovation Projects Undertaken By State Agencies

CATEGORY: Public Education Matters
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education
DATE: Dec 06, 2023

The State Contract Act governs the bidding and award of public works contracts by specific state departments and requires an awarding department, before entering into any contract for a project, to prepare full, complete, and accurate plans and specifications and estimates of cost.  The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases and requires all state agencies to consider and implement strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

SB 416 requires all new buildings and major renovation projects larger than 10,000 gross square feet undertaken by California state agencies, and for which the project schematic design documents are initiated by the California state agency on or after January 1, 2024, to obtain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or “LEED” Gold or higher certification.  If the California state agency makes a finding that achieving LEED Gold conflicts with critical operational or security requirements, is demonstrably cost ineffective, or conflicts with California Building Code requirements, the California state agency is required to obtain LEED Silver certification.

SB 416 authorizes the State Agency to obtain a certification to an alternative equivalent or higher rating system or standard, if any, only when approved by the Director of General Services.

(SB 416 adds Section 8316 to the Government Code.)

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