T&E ITEM 5
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Worksession: Bill 8-14, Buildings
County Buildings - Clean Energy
Bill 8-14, Buildings - County Buildings - Clean Energy Renewable Technology,
sponsored by Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, Riemer, Eirich, Andrews, and Navarro, was
introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the Committee on February 11.
At the hearing, a representative of the Executive expressed the Executive's general support for
the package of environmental initiatives (©17). Council staff will transmit any specific
comments on these bills from the Executive when they are received.
Bill 8-14 would require new or extensively remodeled county buildings to generate at
least 1 kilowatt of renewable energy for every 1,000 square feet of floor area. Current County
law does not set specific standards for the use of renewable technology in County buildings. Bill
8-14 was modeled after a recently-enacted Prince George's County law.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©5 of Bill 4-14, T&E
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©7).
Issues for Committee Discussion
be a mandate or goal?
The Montgomery County Chapter of the US
Green Building Council (USGBC) urged that the requirements of Bill 8-14 be a goal, not a
mandate. They argued that most buildings would not be able to meet this goal with other
building regulations and that the cost ratio of meeting the renewable requirement to the total
project cost is high. Council staff notes the cost limit
Bill 8-14, generally speaking, is limited
to 2% of the total cost of the proj ect. The County chapter of the USGBC is correct in that funds
for capital projects are limited and would compete with other County projects. This is a policy
consideration for the Committee. If the Committee shares similar concerns, one option would be