T&E ITEM #5-6
April 28, 2010
April 26, 2010
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Expedited Bill 10-10, Buildings - Energy Efficiency - Repeal
and Executive Regulation 26-09, 2009 International Building, Energy
Conservation, Mechanical, Fuel-Gas, and Residential Codes
Expedited Bill 10-10, Buildings
Repeal, sponsored by the Council
President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on March 23,2010. A public
hearing was held on April 13, at which 6 people testified (4, including the Executive, in support
of Bill 10-10 and 2 in opposition to Bill 10-10).
Bill 10-10 would repeal the requirement that certain residential buildings meet certain ENERGY
STAR standards; and generally amend the law relating to buildings, energy, and environmental
The Council enacted Bill 30-07, Buildings - Energy Efficiency on April 22, 2008. Bill 30-07
required certain covered buildings to meet the ENERGY STAR standard by January 1, 2010.
Bill 30-07 defined "covered building" as a newly constructed single family residential building
or a multi-family residential building that is not covered by the County Green Buildings Law or
is not eligible to earn an ENERGY STAR rating.
Bill 30-07 contained an uncodified provision which would delay the ENERGY STAR standard's
effective date from January 1 to Aprill, 2010, if:
• the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection certifies by October 1, 2009
that an alternative approach would achieve the same energy efficiency goals and be less
costly to builders and buyers of covered buildings; or
• the Sustainability Working Group finds that there is an insufficient number of qualified
home energy performance raters doing business in the County.
On December 1,2009, the Council enacted Expedited Bill 44-09, Buildings - Energy Efficiency
Deferral which deferred the effective date for requiring certain residential buildings to meet
ENERGY STAR standards from January 1 to April 1, 2010. According to the Executive's