ASSEMBLY, No. 2215

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 11, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JOHN F. MCKEON

District 27 (Essex)

Assemblyman  UPENDRA J. CHIVUKULA

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Assemblywoman  NELLIE POU

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  HERB CONAWAY, JR.

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  PETER J. BARNES, III

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Milam, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle, Assemblymen Schaer, Ramos, DeAngelo, Gusciora, Fuentes, O'Donnell, Assemblywoman Rodriguez, Assemblymen Caputo, Johnson, Mainor, Assemblywomen Jasey, Quijano, Tucker, Watson Coleman, Assemblyman Coutinho, Assemblywoman Riley, Assemblymen Greenwald, Giblin, Assemblywoman Evans, Assemblyman Burzichelli, Assemblywomen Quigley, Wagner, Lampitt, Assemblymen Coughlin, Conners, Diegnan, Senators B.Smith, Sarlo, Beach, Beck, Gordon, Greenstein, Norcross and Whelan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits developer to qualify for low-interest loan from NJEDA when building a high performance green building.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the financing of certain high performance green buildings by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and supplementing P.L.1974, c.80 (C.34:1B-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a. In consultation with the Commissioner of Community Affairs, the executive director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority shall establish and administer a program that makes low-interest loans available to a developer or redeveloper who constructs a new building or renovates an existing building that, when completed, qualifies as a high performance green building.  The executive director shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.

     b.  As used in this section, “high performance green building” means a commercial, industrial, or mixed use building having at least 15,000 square feet in total floor area that is designed and constructed in a manner that achieves at least :

     (1)  a silver rating according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System as adopted by the United States Green Building Council ;

     (2)  a silver rating according to the National Green Building Standards as adopted by the International Code Council and the American National Standards Institute;

     (3)  a two globe rating according to the Green Globes Program as adopted by the Green Building Initiative; or

     (4)  a comparable numeric rating according to a nationally recognized, accepted, and appropriate numeric sustainable development rating system, guideline, or standard as the Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Director of Energy Savings established pursuant to Executive Order No. 11 of 2006, and the Board of Public Utilities, may designate by regulation.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the executive director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“authority”), in consultation with the Commissioner of Community Affairs, to establish and administer a program that makes low-interest loans available to a developer or redeveloper who constructs a new building or renovates an existing building that, when completed, qualifies as a “high performance green building.”  A “high performance green building” is defined in the bill as a commercial, industrial, or mixed use building having at least 15,000 square feet in total floor area that is designed and constructed in a manner that achieves at least: 1) a silver rating according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Green Building Rating System as adopted by the United States Green Building Council; 2) a silver rating according to the National Green Building Standards as adopted by the International Code Council and the American National Standards Institute; 3) a two globe rating according to the Green Globes Program as adopted by the Green Building Initiative; or 4) a comparable numeric rating according to a nationally recognized, accepted, and appropriate numeric sustainable development rating system, guideline, or standard as the Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Director of Energy Savings established pursuant to Executive Order No. 11 of 2006, and the Board of Public Utilities, may designate by regulation.

 

 

                                

 

Permits developer to qualify for low-interest loan from NJEDA when building a high performance green building.