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Washington Passes First State Law Requiring LEED

At press time, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire was expected within days to sign into law a bill passed on March 30, 2005, by the Washington State legislature requiring Silver-level certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System for all major construction projects built with public funds. Executive orders and municipal ordinances requiring LEED are in place in several states and cities, including Seattle. And numerous other municipalities endorse LEED certified or “LEED-certifiable” buildings. But this new Washington law is poised to be the first state-level legislation with a LEED requirement.

According to the pending legislation, all construction projects by public agencies costing over five million dollars or exceeding 25,000 ft

Published April 1, 2005

Malin, N. (2005, April 1). Washington Passes First State Law Requiring LEED. Retrieved from