Dear <<First Name>>,
Yesterday, the House passed a climate package, H.4912, that amends S.2500, the Senate climate bill “An Act Setting Next-Generation Climate Policy.” This bill is a major step forward for statewide climate action, and an opportunity to continue driving sustainability in the built environment. The highlights of the bill include:
Today (7/30) and tomorrow (7/31), house representatives will be debating and voting on a number of amendments to the bill - many of these amendments seek to further strengthen green policies our community advocates for, including last spring’s Flame Retardant Letter, last fall's Net Zero Letter, and the proposed MA EZ-Code.
- Updating our Global Warming Solutions Act standards to reflect the current science that says we must get to net zero emissions by 2050.
- Making sure that Municipal Light Plants are part of the climate solution by holding them accountable to clean energy standards they are currently exempt from.
- Establishing a grid modernization plan to be overseen by the Department of Public Utilities.
MA representatives need to hear from green building professionals today. Contact your representative now about advancing green buildings in the Commonwealth - not sure who to contact? Find your legislator here.
Thank you for inviting your representative to support green buildings. If you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Amendment #7: This amendment requires the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) to pass a Net Zero stretch code within a year of the bill's passage. This would give all communities the option to require a Net Zero standard for new construction.
- Amendment #8: This amendment expands the BBRS's membership to add seats for the Department of Energy Resources and an architect trained in energy efficiency.
- Amendment #9: This amendment adds climate action and greenhouse gas emission reduction to the Board of Building Regulation and Standards' charge, ensuring building codes address energy and climate.
- Amendment #25: This amendment develops a clean heating code that any municipality can opt-in to
- Amendment #26: This amendment prevents the distribution and sale of products treated with specific flame retardants.
- Amendment #52: This amendment creates an environmental justice council that advises the secretary of energy and environmental affairs on legislation and regulatory changes related to environmental justice.
- Amendment #59: This amendment adds requirements for energy benchmarking for large buildings.
- Amendment #101: This amendment adds requirements for all new buildings to be solar ready.
Executive Director, AIA, LEED AP
Built Environment Plus