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Nashville Considers Green Building Legislation for Public Projects

Nashville City Councilman Mike Jameson is preparing legislation he intends to introduce which would apply to all public projects in the Nashville Metropolitan District (the city of Nashville and Davidson County, informally referred to as “Metro“) of 5,000 square feet or at least $2 million (except for Metro’s schools, transit structures, and housing developments, which are all exempt under the city’s charter allowing those departments to implement their own building codes). The legislation would require that qualifying projects meet an undisclosed level of LEED certification.

However, what’s of particular interest to me is that the city’s Finance Director, David Manning, is “concerned about requiring compliance with what was designed by an outside organization as a voluntary set of guidelines.” Accordingly, after meeting with Jameson earlier this week, he’s drafting his own compromise bill which, presumably, will not explicitly require compliance with LEED.

In the wake of the D.C. and Boston announcements, I’m looking forward to seeing how this scenario plays out. Nashville only has one LEED-certified building (the Hastings Architecture Associates Building) and I’m curious as to whether it will create its own standard- as Boston did, modeled closely on LEED- or simply legislate LEED into its building code.

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