City Council to Consider Changes to Green Building Policy

The Springfield City Council will be considering a new bill that will revise the city’s green building policy.

At the Council’s most recent lunch meeting, a review of the Green Building policy was presented by Senior Planner/Brownfields Coordinator Olivia Hough, Jennifer Swan and Jason Hainline.

Dake Wells architect Jason Hainline

The presentation called for updates to the 2011 resolution adopting the Green Building policy.  Among the changes to be considered include taking percentages out of certain categories for builders to meet LEED green building requirements and a change of language to require builders to work with the latest revisions of LEED standards rather than just using the fourth revision of the LEED standards.

The proposal would not call for a lowering of standards for buildings with a minimum LEED Silver level required for construction.  The removal of percentages while requiring LEED Silver or better to be met would be aimed to allow city staff to have flexibility in design to maximize green building quality while minimizing overall costs.

The Springfield-Greene County Environmental Advisory Board submitted a letter encouraging the “continuance of the sustainable building practices defined by the city” but added they recognized the need for policy revision to allow “flexible, practical application of the intent of the policy.”

Mayor McClure asked city staff to have something ready for Council to consider by January.

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