(20 ILCS 3130/15)
    Sec. 15. Green Buildings Standards.
    (a) All new State-funded building construction and major renovations of existing State-owned facilities are required to seek LEED, Green Globes, or equivalent certification.
    (b) All construction and major renovation projects, regardless of size, must achieve the highest level of certification practical within the project budget.
        (1) New buildings and major renovations of less than
    
10,000 square feet must meet the highest standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's rating system for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes USA design program. USGBC LEED, GBI Green Globes, or the equivalent certification is not required.
        (2) New buildings and major renovations of 10,000
    
square feet or more must achieve the silver building rating of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's rating system for new commercial construction and major renovation projects, as established by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent standard, including, but not limited to, a two-globe rating in the Green Globes USA design program. USGBC LEED, GBI Green Globes, or the equivalent certification is required.
    (c) Exemptions to these standards are buildings that are not "comfort" conditioned as determined by the Board. However, the project design team must document and incorporate all appropriate sustainable building methods, strategies, and technologies in the final design.
    (d) State agencies and the project design team may apply to the Board for a waiver from these standards.
    (e) Waivers shall be granted by the Board or an appropriate agency when the applicant can demonstrate and document:
        (1) An unreasonable financial burden, taking into
    
account the operating and construction costs over the life of the building and the total cost of ownership of the building.
        (2) An unreasonable impediment to construction.
        (3) The standards would impair the principal function
    
of the building.
        (4) The standards would compromise the historic
    
nature of the structure.
    Documentation on the submittal must include at a minimum:
        (1) Life cycle cost analysis.
        (2) Energy modeling.
    The design team must provide the documentation for the new project to confirm that LEED, Green Globes, or the equivalent construction standards have been followed.
    (f) In addition to any required LEED, Green Globes, or the equivalent criteria, the Board shall require that all projects referenced in subsection (a) implement at least one LEED alternative transportation criterion for public transportation or bicycle access.
    (g) The green building standards contained in this Act shall be analyzed and evaluated by the Board 5 years after the effective date of this Act or upon the completion of 10 Board green projects, whichever comes first.
(Source: P.A. 96-73, eff. 7-24-09.)