Washington and Nevada become first and second states to pass legislation

Washing and Nevada recently became the first and second states, respectively, to enact legislation mandating that state buildings receive LEED ratings from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In Washington, Senate Bill 5509 will take effect on July 24 and states that any new construction or remodeling project totaling more than 5,000 square feet has to receive the Silver LEED rating. As a result, it’s estimated that operating expenses for government buildings in Washington will be lowered by as much as 30%.