The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) has determined that, given the hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year to construct, renovate, manage and operate state buildings, and in keeping with the Administration’s commitment to long-term cost containment, energy efficiency, improved public health and natural resource conservation, all new construction and major renovation projects for state buildings should meet minimum efficiency, sustainable design and construction standards. Effective September 1, 2006 all executive agencies shall follow the new sustainable design and construction standards outlined below for all new construction and major renovation projects. Major renovation projects are defined as those projects that include a complete overhaul of a significant portion of the original structure and where the cost of the renovation is greater than 50% of the assessed value of the building.
The standard below is designed to ensure that state buildings constructed and renovated in such a manner will result in buildings that are at least 20% more efficient than the current energy code, provide healthier indoor spaces for workers, residents, and visitors, use natural resources wisely, and reduce the overall long-term operating costs associated with heating, cooling, powering and generally managing the property. A higher up-front cost for a sustainability designed and constructed building shall not preclude its construction unless, after accounting for all incentives and rebates, such costs cannot be justified with a reasonable payback period of 10 years or less. Agencies shall work to utilize an integrated design and construction process that ensures that these goals are considered during each of the design and construction phases.
A&F recognizes that there may be special circumstances in which meeting certain standards listed below may not be feasible. In such cases, the agency must provide sufficient written documentation to the Secretary for A&F that demonstrates that the specified standards cannot be achieved and describes the rationale for reaching such a conclusion. The Secretary for A&F reserves the right to reject such submissions and require the standard to be met in its entirety.
The applicability of the standards is to be determined by the constructing entity and project size. For more details on this standard and other related issues, agencies should refer to the report prepared by the Sustainable Design Roundtable, entitled: “Leading by Example: An Action Plan for Green Buildings in Massachusetts Construction Projects.”