To help meet the mission of promoting green building practices and development throughout the region, the Chapter depends upon the efforts of its Advocacy Committee, who educate the community on sustainability, resolve green building procedural roadblocks, establish relationships with local leaders, and encourage local government municipalities and counties to adopt green building policy.
Learn more about the Advocacy Committee and how you can join!
PROGRESS REPORT: Texas 83rd Legislative Session
The statewide committee made significant strides this year during the 83rd Texas Legislature – with members attending numerous legislative staff meetings, providing valuable green building research, and attending hearings on energy efficiency, water conservation, and green schools, the committee’s work has helped lead to the passage of the following bills:
Water Conservation for Infrastructure – HB 4
Tied to the 2012 State Water Plan and requires funding for conservation, re-use and education.
Water Conservation for Individuals – SB 198
Eases current restrictive covenants regulating drought-resistant landscaping and/or water-conserving turf and allows residents of homeowners associations the freedom to pursue more water-conserving landscaping options.
Green Schools – SB 700
Relates to the allocation of certain money in the Texas emissions reduction plan fund to fund the energy efficiency grant program.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) – SB 385
Authorizes assessments for energy efficiency property improvements through a voluntary financing program allowing qualified building owners the opportunity to finance loans for energy and water efficiency building retrofit projects. PACE arranges for the loan to be paid back through a property assessment, with the length of the assessment being set so the retrofit savings ultimately pay for the project (up to 20 years). The program eliminates the disincentive of upfront costs to make owners feel more comfortable investing in their buildings’ water and energy infrastructure.