14 May: Madden Bill Requiring Certain State Buildings Meet Green Standards Passes Senate Budget Committee

TRENTON – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today unanimously passed S-843, legislation sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden requiring that any building 15,000 square feet in area or larger that is meant for the sole use of the State must be designed and managed to meet standards for a high performance green building.

“This legislation takes common sense steps to promote standards which enhance energy efficiency, conserve materials and preserve environmental quality,” said Madden (D Gloucester/Camden). “We are taking pro-active actions to improve the performance of state owned buildings by promoting construction and development that incorporates sound energy conservation and environmental protection principles”

05 Mar: Madden/Weinberg Bill To Help State Buildings Conserve Energy Clears Senate Economic Growth Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Loretta Weinberg that would require all new State buildings to be designed in to meet national Green Building energy conservation performance standards was unanimously approved today by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Buildings are considered “green” if they meet enhanced standards in the areas of sustainable site planning; safeguarding water quality and increasing water efficiency; energy efficiency and renewable energy; conservation of materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.