In spite of facing massive budget shortfalls, New Jersey legislators will consider two different green building bills during their 2008-09 term. We reviewed both bills over at gbNYC earlier this fall; one would require affordable housing developers to include sustainable design features (though not formal third-party certification) while the second would offer low-interest loans to developers who achieve a LEED Silver level of certification. As the economy worsens, though, it will be a tough sell in Trenton to hand tax breaks to private interests. I expect that green building legislation across the country will face similar scrutiny- particular if litigations like the AHRI case in New Mexico cause legislators to more carefully consider how their regulatory schemes are crafted.
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Two pieces of green building legislation introduced by a Hudson County legislator are now pending before the New Jersey state legislature in Trenton, and would apply to residential development in the Garden State.
The race to develop a code-based green building standard is on in full force and could have some important implications for state- and local-level green building programs and policies.