AGENDA ITEM 4A
September 19, 2017
September 15, 2017
Jeffrey L. Zyontz,ienio r Legislative Analyst
Bill 19-17, Buildings - Energy Efficiency - Repeal
Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee recommendation (3-0):
recommend approval of Bill 19-17. The recommendation was made with the expectation that the
Council will approve ER 21-15AMII as recommended by the Committee.
Bill 19-17, Buildings - Energy Efficiency - Repeal, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council
President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on June 13, 2017. A public
hearing was held on June 27 and a Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee
worksession was held on September 11.
Bill 19-17 would repeal Article VII of Chapter 8 of the Montgomery County Code and
amend the law relating to buildings, energy efficiency and environmental design. This code
provision established the requirement for new large buildings to achieve Leadership in
Environment and Energy Design (LEED) certification (or an equivalent rating).
The Executive is seeking a repeal of the LEED requirement in anticipation of adopting ER
2 l-15AMII which requires compliance to the International Green Building Code (IgCC) as
amended by the regulation.
The alterative to IgCC compliance would be LEED Silver
certification with minimum energy and atmospheric points.
ER 21-15AMII has a broader scope and a higher standard than the Green Building Law.
The Green Building Law requires new private buildings (or extensively modified buildings) larger
than 10,000 square feet of gross floor area to be certified under the LEED rating system
energy and environmental design standard that the Department of Permitting Services Director
identifies as equivalent).
approved, ER 2 l-15AMII would cover non-residential building with
A detailed review of the Executive Regulation's content is available in a September 19, 2017 memorandum to
Council concerning the ER 2 l- l 5AMII.
The Green Building Council is the non-profit institution that certifies a building's rating under LEED standards.