Ohio Senators Propose LEED Ban on State Building Codes
Despite recognition that energy efficiency is important in construction, two Ohio senators have introduced a bill that would ban the use of LEED v4 in the state.
The resolution, SCR 25, from Senators Joe Uecker, R-Loveland, and Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, says LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) does not follow the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus procedures and, therefore, does not allow the proper amount of public comment or transparency in the development of the standard or changes.
LEED is developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used as a guideline for the construction of public buildings and residences (LEED for Homes). In the system, homes and buildings earn points based on energy efficiency, rainwater collection and other factors.
Other challenges to LEED have surfaced in the past in North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, but the Ohio legislation is the first one that directly says the state should not use LEED v4 and asks the state’s Office of Energy Services within the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to seek out an alternative standard for the building code.