In late June 2007, Connecticut passed "The Energy Bill" which increases the state's already green building requirements. Prior, state facilities such as schools and govermental buildings costing $5 million or more after January 1, 2007 needed to meet the energy efficiency and environmental standards required to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating. This was a certainly a step in the right direction, but this new bill raised the bar. Beginning January 2, 2008, any state facility that receives $2 million or more in state funding must earn a Silver LEED rating. In today's market, it's safe to say that's just about all state facilities.
The bill also extends the breadth of construction projects to include renovations to state facilites costing $2 million or more; new schools authorized by the legislature on or after January 1, 2009 that cost $5 million or more; and school rennovation projects after the same date costing at least $2 million.