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New Mexico Commits to Green Building

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed an executive order in January 2006 requiring all executive branch state agencies, including the Higher Education Department, to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System. New buildings 15,000 ft2 (1,400 m2) or larger and those with over 50 kW of peak electricity demand are required to achieve LEED Silver. The same applies to renovation projects that are 15,000 ft2 or larger or have over 50 kW of peak electricity demand and include upgrading or replacing two of the three major systems (HVAC, lighting, and plumbing). In addition, all new and renovation projects larger than 5,000 ft2 (465 m2) are required to use no more than half the average U.S. energy consumption for their building type, as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. The order is online at www.governor.state.nm.us/orders/2006/EO_2006_001.pdf.

Published March 1, 2006

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