HB 355, Carbon Sequestration Registry

Municipal Impact
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Rep. Marcus Wiedower
District 119
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Michael McPherson, (678) 686-6390
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2/11/2021
Economic Development and Redevelopment | Environment | Taxation - State Only |
bill text

This bill would:

  • Define “building embodied carbon” as explained by the International Standards Organization (ISO);
  • Define “global warming potential” as described by the ISO;
  • Define “whole building life cycle assessment” as to be compliant with the ISO;
  • Adds buildings made with sustainable materials as a sequestration sink;
  • Adds embodied carbon result to the minimum standards for certification;
  • Adds building materials to sinks definition;
  • Adds standing trees to the participant sequestration reports;

The bill would require the Environmental Protection Division director to form a Sustainable Building Material Technical Advisory Committee of up to 8 members, including some with specific expertise in building, carbon offset protocols, and building life cycles. The committee would establish baselines for a registry of building materials that sequester carbon and for the measurement of embodied carbon. The committee would also provide a list of qualified vendors for 3rd party verification of applicant projects that were completed after January 1, 2019. The director would determine the chair and what application fee might be necessary. The standards would be reviewed 2 years after implementations and again at 5 years after implementation.

BILL STATUS
7/1/2021 - Effective Date 5/7/2021 - Act 257 5/7/2021 - Date Signed by Governor

Votes

3/29/2021 Senate Vote #305 Yea - 52 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 0 Excused - 4
3/3/2021 House Vote #143 Yea - 169 Nay - 3 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 6