AHPBC: South Carolina Passes Legislation to Improve State’s Green Building Policy

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2014) – The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) joined state lawmakers in praising passage of South Carolina House Bill 3592 that will ensure the state’s efficiency, sustainability and green building objectives can be achieved without needlessly punishing Palmetto State manufacturers and the thousands of South Carolinians they employ.

“As South Carolina considers future green building ratings systems for its state buildings, the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act establishes common sense provisions that ensure South Carolina’s manufacturing sector is not harmed arbitrarily and the goal of green building ratings is to drive energy efficiency in our state buildings,” said State Senator Paul Campbell, one of the leaders in the passage of the bill.

“The bill also creates a Sustainable Committee to advise the Legislature on the impact of future codes to engineering, construction and manufacturing companies across the state, ensuring South Carolina’s best interests are maintained,” Sen. Campbell added.

The law will also restrict the use of green building systems, like the latest version of the US Green Building Council’s LEED building rating system, LEED v4, that discriminate against products, materials and technologies created in South Carolina.

State Representative Bill Sandifer, who sponsored the legislation in the House, said his goal was to craft a bill that would boost the state’s energy goals while avoiding regulations that avoid undue negative impacts on local businesses.

“Our goal was to pursue energy efficiency goals without eroding innovation and economic growth by manufacturers in our state. At a time when these green building standards are increasingly utilized by states and communities, I am proud that my colleagues in the House and Senate recognized the urgency of protecting our state’s local manufacturing sector and locally grown products,” Rep. Sandifer said.

The AHPBC, which represents a wide range of interests within the building and construction industry, echoed support for the bill and its positive impact on the state’s diverse business community.

“The legislation provides a common-sense, balanced approach to green building in South Carolina. Our state has taken another step forward in advancing energy efficiency and sustainability while at the same time promoting South Carolina manufacturers and protecting the thousands of workers they employ all across the Palmetto State,” said AHPBC member Chris Bond, Vice-president of Sales and Marketing for Royal Adhesives & Sealants. Based in South Carolina, Royal Adhesives & Sealants manufactures a diverse portfolio of products for the building and construction industry.