The North Carolina Senate is set to vote on a bill that will determine the use of certain green building rating systems in the state.
House Bill 628, which passed the North Carolina House by a vote 70-43 last week, would have effectively prohibited the use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating guidelines in state projects.
The LEED guidelines are considered a boon for the steel industry as they promote energy efficiency and the use of locally-produced construction products such as steel, sources said (amm.com, May 15
But the North Carolina Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee amended the bill last week to remove the prohibitions against LEED guidelines, according to Lane Burt of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which formulates the guidelines.
The bill in its current form would allow the continued use of LEED guidelines in state projects, promoting the use of locally-sourced steel.
The proposed bill now states that a major facility construction or renovation project may utilize a building rating system so long as the rating system ... promotes building materials or furnishings, including masonry, concrete, steel, textiles or wood that are manufactured or produced within the state, among other qualifications.
Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker Nucor Corp. has expressed support for the LEED certification and is a member of the United States Green Building Council.
Nucor believes the state must not abandon its use of LEED certification, which promotes energy efficiency (and) preservation of our natural resources and encourages state projects funded by state taxpayers to use locally sourced materials, thereby benefitting North Carolina-based businesses, a spokeswoman for Nucor said.
The Senate will vote on the bill during the June 18 session beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.