Energy Efficiency Promoted For State Buildings

Legislation filed by former House Speaker Lance Cargill would ensure that new state building construction projects be built with energy efficiency in mind, eventually cutting operating costs and saving taxpayer money.
Cargill discussed House Bill 3394, the “Conserving Oklahoma Act,” at a private downtown Oklahoma City construction site that is being developed with those same goals. HB 3394 would require all new state-owned buildings or major renovations of state-owned buildings to meet a high-performance certification program, commonly known as LEED, which promotes effective energy and environmental standards.
The legislation grew out of Cargill’s 100 Ideas initiative, a program that invited Oklahomans to submit proposals for government action.
Fourteen states have executive orders in place requiring LEED certification or a similar high performance building standard for publicly funded projects.

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