Lead Sponsor: Senator Jamie Eldridge
Summary: This bill would require that new construction or major renovation projects in state buildings measure the energy implications of all resources used. Resources such as electricity, water, transportation, materials, heating, and waste have financial and societal energy impacts. The bill would, therefore, require a total life cycle energy analysis of such buildings, separate from the life cycle cost analysis. The purpose of the legislation is to encourage the state’s awareness of the total energy impact of such projects to help establish benchmarks to improve sustainability.
Why This Matters: Everything can be translated to energy, from the water and fuel we use to materials we use for construction and renovation. Resources such as electricity, water, transportation, building materials, heating, steam, and waste all have an energy impact on society and societal financial implications. This bill will enable us as a Commonwealth to measure and compare the total energy impact of new construction or major renovation of our state buildings.
What this Bill Would Do: Currently in Massachusetts, the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) is required to perform a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), to estimate the true cost of a building, or its components over its anticipated lifetime. DCAM must consider the life-cycle cost of implementing energy efficient and water conserving technologies, including the use of renewable fuels, in new construction or major renovation projects.
This bill would amend MGL Chapter 149, Section 44m and MGL Chapter 164, Section 331, so that in addition to a LCCA, the Division would be responsible for performing a total energy impact analysis for new construction or major renovation projects.
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