Citation: Maryland Education Code §5-312 (2008 Md. Senate Bill 208); Md. Regs. Code §§ 23.03.02.03(B), 23.03.02.11(I)
This law establishes that a new school receiving state public school construction funds must be constructed as a high performance building. The law defines a high performance building as one that meets the LEED Silver rating or a comparable rating of another nationally-recognized standard approved by the state. The law establishes that, from 2010-2014, the state will pay 50% of the local share of the increased costs of constructing the school to meet the new standard. The law also directs the Board of Public Works to adopt regulations to implement the law. The Board has promulgated regulations requiring the Interagency Committee on School Construction to include high performance school design as a criterion for evaluating the merits of both school planning approval and funding approval requests. The regulations also state that 50% of the local share of increased costs of meeting the new standard may be eligible for state funding. The state Interagency Committee on School Construction has adopted an administrative procedure covering the high performance schools requirements.
Effective: July 1, 2008
Available: Law, Regulations