High Performance Buildings Act; created. (SB160)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cost-Effective Public Buildings Act. Requires executive branch agencies and institutions entering the design phase for construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size, or renovating such a building where the cost of renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, conform to Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards developed by the Department of General Services considering the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED) green building rating standard, the Green Building Initiative "Green Globes" building standard, and other appropriate requirements. Exemptions from the requirement may be granted by the Director of the Department of General Services upon a finding of special circumstances that make construction or renovation to the standards impracticable. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103439D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2012Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB160)
01/18/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2012Passed by for the day
01/20/2012Passed by for the day
01/23/2012Read second time
01/23/2012Committee amendments rejected
01/23/2012Reading of amendments waived
01/23/2012Amendments by Senator Petersen agreed to
01/23/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended SB160E
01/23/2012Printed as engrossed 12103439D-E
01/24/2012Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB160E)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/16/2012Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Committee substitute printed 12105457D-H1
02/20/2012Read second time
02/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB160H1)
02/21/2012Passed by for the day
02/22/2012Read third time
02/22/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105457D-H1
02/22/2012Amendment by Delegate Jones agreed to
02/22/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB160H1
02/22/2012Passed House with substitute with amendment (99-Y 0-N)
02/22/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Passed by for the day
02/27/2012House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (30-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Title replaced 12105457D-H1
03/01/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB160ER)
03/01/2012Signed by Speaker
03/03/2012Signed by President
03/04/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB160ER)
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 680 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0680)