We support the creation of performance standards for both the public and private sector that protect the environment and conserve energy. In order to be effective, these standards must be created by the experts in state government as comprehensive policies and standards, and not piecemeal legislation. The expertise of the State Architect’s Office and the State Building Commission are essential to environmental and energy policy and must be incorporated into any standards under consideration.
In addition to existing performance standards, Tennessee has adopted a family of building codes promulgated by the International Codes Council that regulates energy and conservation standards. Current bills threaten to undo this recent progress.
We oppose legislation that contradicts the experts in the State Architect’s office and the State Building Commission and the International Codes Council.
INTERESTING STUDIES RELATED TO GREEN BUILDING:
The U.S. building sector has been shown to be the major consumer of fossil fuels and other sources of energy.
A recent study completed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the most definitive cost-benefit analysis of green buildings ever conducted, concluded that the financial benefits of green design are between $50 and $70 per square foot, more than 10 times the additional cost associated with energy efficient design.
The large positive impact on employee productivity and health gains suggests that building sustainably has a cost-effective impact beyond just the utility bill savings.
Studies have indicated that student attendance and performance is higher in high performance school buildings.
A building’s initial construction costs represents only 20-30 percent of the building’s entire costs over its 30 to 40 year life, so emphasis placed on the life cycle costs, specifically operating expenses and occupant wellness, of a public building makes good sense, economically