Boise, ID Green Building Standards in City Owned Buildings
RESOLUTION NO. 109-05
A RESOLUTION STRIVING TO ACHIEVE AND IMPLEMENT GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS IN ALL CITY OWNED BUILDINGS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and structures within the city can have a significant impact on the city’s environmental sustainability, resource usage and efficiency, waste management, and the health and productivity of residents, workers, and visitors; and,
WHEREAS, green building design, construction, and operation can have a significant positive effect on energy and resource efficiency, waste and pollution generation, and the health and productivity of a building’s occupants over the life of the building; and,
WHEREAS, green building design and construction decisions made by the city in the construction and remodeling of public buildings result in environmental benefits and cost savings to the city over the life of the buildings. By calling on the city to include green building measures in its own facilities, the city council provides taxpayers a benefit through environmentally friendly, cheaper-to-operate buildings and simultaneously helps to develop markets for recycled, recyclable and environmentally sound materials; and,
WHEREAS, building “green” can include, among other things, the use of certified sustainable wood products; aggressive use of high-recycled-content products; recycling of waste that occurs during deconstruction, demolition, and construction; enhancement of indoor air quality by selection and use of construction materials that do not have chemical emissions that are toxic or irritating to building occupants; modification of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems to provide energy efficiency and improved indoor air; use of water conserving methods and equipment; and installation of alternative energy methods for supplemental energy production; and,
WHEREAS, in recent years, green building design, construction and operational techniques have become increasingly widespread. Many homeowners, businesses, and building professionals have voluntarily sought to incorporate green building techniques into their projects. A number of local and national systems have been developed to serve as guides to green building practices. The U.S. Green Building Council, developer of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) Commercial Green Building Rating System and LEEDTM Reference Guide, has become a leader in promoting and guiding green building; and,
WHEREAS, requiring certain city projects to incorporate LEEDTM green building measures is necessary and appropriate to achieve the benefits of green building; and,
WHEREAS, it is critical to both the economic and environmental health of the city that the city provides leadership to both the private and public sectors in the arena of energy efficiency and “green” construction. The most immediate and meaningful way to do this is to include energy efficiency and green building elements in as many public buildings as feasible.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOISE, IDAHO:
Section 1. That the City will strive, whenever feasible, to achieve and implement the above stated green building standards in all new construction and remodels of City owned facilities.
Section 2. That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval.