Gov. Brown issues executive order to address environmental impact of CA State buildings

Susan DeFreitas reports at Earth Techling that California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order in April that impacts new or renovated buildings owned/operated by the state.

While the General Services Administration may require all of the federal government’s new construction projects hit LEED Gold or better, a new executive order from the office of California Gov. Jerry Brown calls for all of the state’s new or renovated state buildings of more than 10,000 square feet to take LEED Silver or higher and incorporate clean, onsite power generation.

But lest you think the governor content to play second fiddle to the federal government on cutting the carbon footprint of its buildings, consider the fact that the order also sets a target of zero net energy consumption for 50 percent of the square footage of existing state-owned buildings by 2025 and zero net energy consumption from all new or renovated state buildings beginning design after 2025. And there’s more...

Via Earth Techling

The full text of Governor Brown's executive order is included below:

Executive Order B-18-12

WHEREAS green building practices use energy, water, and materials efficiently throughout the building life cycle, enhance indoor and outdoor air quality, improve the health, productivity, and working lives of state employees, incorporate environmentally preferable products, and substantially reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with operating State buildings; and

WHEREAS energy and water efficiency improvements in State buildings and operations save the State money and boost California’s economy by investing in green technology companies and green jobs; and

WHEREAS the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and beyond, and the energy used in buildings accounts for the second largest contribution to California’s greenhouse gas emissions.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of the State of California, do hereby issue the following orders to become effective immediately:

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that State agencies, departments, and other entities under my direct executive authority (State agencies) take actions to reduce entity-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2020, as measured against a 2010 baseline.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all new State buildings and major renovations beginning design after 2025 be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities with an interim target for 50% of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be Zero Net Energy. State agencies shall also take measures toward achieving Zero Net Energy for 50% of the square footage of existing state-owned building area by 2025.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies continue taking measures to reduce grid-based energy purchases for State-owned buildings by at least 20% by 2018, as compared to a 2003 baseline, and reduce other non-building, grid-based retail energy purchases by 20% by 2018, as compared to a 2003 baseline.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies participate in “demand response” programs to obtain financial benefits for reducing peak electrical loads when called upon, to the maximum extent that is cost-effective for each State-owned or leased facility, and does not materially adversely affect agency operations.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any proposed new or major renovation of State buildings larger than 10,000 square feet use clean, on-site power generation, such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind power generation, and clean back-up power supplies, if economically feasible.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that new or major renovated State buildings and build-to-suit leases larger than 10,000 square feet obtain LEED “Silver” certification or higher, using the applicable version of LEED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that new and existing buildings incorporate building commissioning to facilitate improved and efficient building operation.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies identify and pursue opportunities to provide electric vehicle charging stations, and accommodate future charging infrastructure demand, at employee parking facilities in new and existing buildings.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Department of General Services work with other State agencies to develop by July 1, 2013, policies and guidelines for the operation and maintenance of State buildings to achieve operating efficiency improvements and water and resource conservation, and to continually update and incorporate these into the State Administrative Manual.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies implement relevant and feasible voluntary measures from Divisions A4.5 and A5.5 of the California Green Building Standards Code, to ensure healthy indoor environments for occupants.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies reduce overall water use at the facilities they operate by 10% by 2015 and by 20% by 2020, as measured against a 2010 baseline.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies purchase and use environmentally preferable products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods that serve the same purpose whenever they are applicable, perform well, and are cost-effective per Public Contract Code section 12400.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies identify and pursue available financing and project-delivery mechanisms to achieve these goals.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies measure, monitor, report, and oversee progress on measures in this Order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies implement the measures described in the accompanying Green Building Action Plan for facilities owned, funded, or leased by the state.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Executive Order S-20-04 is rescinded immediately.

IT IS REQUESTED that entities of State government not under my direct executive authority also implement similar measures.

This Executive Order is not intended to create, and does not create, any rights or benefits, whether substantive or procedural, or enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California or its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and that it be given widespread publicity and notice.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 25th day of April 2012.