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Bill S3308A-2013

Requires state and local agencies to establish a priority processing procedure for the review of construction permits which meet certain energy and environmental design standards

Requires state and local agencies to establish a priority processing procedure for the review of construction permits which meet certain energy and environmental design standards; defines terms; requires the implementation of such priority processing procedures on or before January 1, 2015.

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Actions

  • Mar 25, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 3308A
  • Mar 25, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 31, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3308A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring state and local agencies to establish a priority processing procedure for the review of construction permits which meet certain energy and environmental design standards

PURPOSE:

This legislation would require state and local agencies to establish a priority processing procedure for the review of construction permits which meet certain energy and environmental design standards.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends the General Municipal Law by adding a new Section 859-c relating to building permits, energy and environmental design standards priority process.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction -Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum -- that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

The Green Globes is a is a green building guidance and assessment program that offers an effective, practical and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. Buildings that successfully complete a third-party assessment are assigned a Green Globes rating of one to four globes. Green Globes rated/certified buildings are intended to: Use less energy; Conserve natural resources; and emit fewer pollutants in the form of greenhouse gases, airborne particulates, liquid effluents, and/or solid waste.

This legislation would require every agency (state or municipal corporation, department, board, bureau, division, commission, committee, public authority, public corporation, council, office or other government entity) that issues construction permits to establish a procedure, by January 1, 2015, for priority processing of a permit application that meets energy and environmental design standards equal or better to the LEED silver or two green globes rating system. No additional costs will be required by the applicant. Such established priority procedure does not imply or provide that any application for a construction permit shall automatically be approved.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: A.2083-A/S.1860-A 2010:A.9818/S.6754

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 3308--A A. 4117--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 31, 2013 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern- ment -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Government in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Local Governments -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Governments in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring state and local agencies to establish a priority processing procedure for the review of construction permits which meet certain energy and environmental design standards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 859-c to read as follows: S 859-C. BUILDING PERMITS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN STANDARDS; PRIORITY PROCESS. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: (A) "CONSTRUCTION PERMIT" SHALL MEAN A PERMIT OR ANY OTHER APPROVAL ISSUED BY A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION FOR ANY WORK NECESSARY OR INCIDENTAL TO THE ERECTION, DEMOLITION, ASSEMBLING, ALTERATION, INSTALLING OR EQUIPPING OF ANY BUILDING. (B) "ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN STANDARDS" SHALL MEAN THE LEADER- SHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED) BUILDING RATING SYSTEM PUBLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL, OR ANOTHER COMPA- RABLE STATE APPROVED, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, AND CONSENSUS BASED GUIDE- LINE, STANDARD OR SYSTEM, WHICH INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO MEAN
DESIGN GUIDELINES AND A RATING SYSTEM OR RULES FOR CONSTRUCTING BUILD- INGS THAT INSURE SITE PLANNING, WATER EFFICIENCY, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, CONSERVATION MATERIALS AND RESOURCES, AND INDOOR ENVI- RONMENTAL QUALITY. (C) "APPLICANT" SHALL MEAN ANY PERMIT APPLICANT THAT IS NOT THE STATE GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION. (D) "AGENCY" SHALL MEAN ANY STATE OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, DEPART- MENT, BOARD, BUREAU, DIVISION, COMMISSION, COMMITTEE, PUBLIC AUTHORITY, PUBLIC CORPORATION, COUNCIL, OFFICE OR OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY. 2. EVERY AGENCY THAT ISSUES CONSTRUCTION PERMITS SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE FOR PRIORITY PROCESSING OF A PERMIT APPLICATION THAT MEETS ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN STANDARDS EQUAL OR BETTER TO THE LEED SILVER OR TWO GREEN GLOBES RATING SYSTEM. THE ESTABLISHED PRIORITY PROC- ESSING PROCEDURE SHALL BE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE APPLICANT. SUCH PROCEDURE SHALL NOT IMPLY OR PROVIDE THAT ANY APPLICATION FOR A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT SHALL BE AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED. 3. EACH AGENCY SHALL ESTABLISH SUCH PRIORITY PROCESSING PROCEDURE ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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