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Improved energy efficiency goals part of Moed bill adopted by the House

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March 21, 2013

 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House of Representatives today approved an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) that continues former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ efforts in stressing energy efficiency as a state policy.

Moed’s amendment was added to Senate Bill 586, which deals with state construction energy standards. His amendment—which received bipartisan support—requires all state public works projects to be designed, constructed, operated and maintained at maximum energy efficiency.

“This legislation essential turns former Governor Daniels’ executive order into state law, so that any new buildings paid for with state tax dollars will be ‘green buildings’,” said Moed. “This could mean energy efficient windows, approved heating and cooling systems, solar panels and green space on top of buildings.”

Energy efficiency would be determined by meeting the standards for either the silver rating by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the two gloves rating from the Green Globes rating system, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star rating, or the equivalent to this ratings from an organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

“The goal is to continue Governor Daniels’ work to make Indiana a cleaner, more efficient place to live,” concluded Moed. “We can cut wasteful spending while improving the lives of Hoosiers. It’s a bipartisan idea that’s easy to support.”

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