The North Carolina Senate is set to vote on a bill that will
determine the use of certain green building rating systems in
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
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
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.