[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3679







Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  RUBEN J. RAMOS, JR.

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  JOHN F. MCKEON

District 27 (Essex)

Assemblyman  WAYNE P. DEANGELO

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  CONNIE WAGNER

District 38 (Bergen)


Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Schaer






     Requires construction of certain new State buildings, facilities, and structures to include green or blue roofs.



     As reported by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on February 10, 2011, with amendments.


An Act concerning the construction of certain State buildings, facilities, and structures and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.


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


     1.    a.  Any new building, facility, or structure having at least 15,000 square feet in total floor area that is to be constructed for the sole use of a State governmental entity after the effective date of this act shall be designed, constructed, and managed to include a functioning green roof or blue roof. 

     The Director of the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury shall (1) consult with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection regarding design standards for green roofs and blue roofs, and (2) in cooperation with the New Jersey Building Authority where appropriate, enforce the provisions of this act.  All plans, specifications and bid proposal documents for any building, facility, or structure to which the provisions of this section apply shall identify the design standards to be used for the green roof or blue roof and the requirements for its maintenance. 

     b.    The requirements of this section shall not apply to any building, facility, or structure for which a request for proposal for entering into a contract to design the building, facility, or structure has been issued prior to the effective date of this act.

     c.     As used in this section: 

     “Blue roof” means a roof constructed with mechanical controls that drain stormwater, including but not limited to gravel beds, perforated pipes, rooftop detention systems, or weirs, designed to improve stormwater management.

     “Green roof” means a roof that includes, among other things, a growth medium and a vegetation layer of drought resistant and hardy plant species, designed to improve stormwater management.

     “State governmental entity” means the same as the term is defined in section 1 of P.L.2007, c.269 (C.52:32-5.3).


     2.    This act shall take effect 1[immediately] on the first day of the 13th month following the date of enactment1 .