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Healthy, High Performance School Facilities:

Developments in State Policy

 

Maryland

Citation: Maryland Education Code §5-312 (2008 Md. Senate Bill 208); Md. Regs. Code §§ 23.03.02.03(B)
Effective: July 1, 2008
Available: Law, Regulations

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 established that, from 2010-2014, the state would pay 50% of the local share of the increased costs of constructing the school to meet the new standard. The law also directed the Interagency Commission on School Constructionto adopt regulations to implement the law. The Board has promulgated regulations requiring the Interagency Commission  to include high performance school design as a criterion for evaluating the merits of both school planning approval and funding approval requests. The Interagency Commission has adopted an administrative procedure covering the high performance schools requirements.

 

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