Full Text of HB2485 103rd General Assembly
HB2485eng 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Mechanical Insulation Energy and Safety Assessment Act.
The General Assembly
finds that the State has an interest in decreasing the carbon
footprint of publicly owned buildings. The General Assembly
also finds that it is the public policy of this State to ensure
that all Illinois residents can use publicly owned buildings
for employment, educational purposes, and social services,
free from harmful mold and bacteria. This Act is created in
recognition of the important role that mechanical insulation
plays in lowering operating expenses, reducing energy loss,
and decreasing emissions.
As used in this Act:
"Board" means the Capital Development Board.
"Mechanical insulation" means insulation materials,
facings, and accessory products that are applied to mechanical
systems including piping, equipment, vessels, HVAC, boilers,
and other similar equipment including maintenance on cooling
system piping for corrosion of equipment.
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"Mechanical insulation energy and safety assessment" means
an assessment that analyzes potential energy savings and any
potential public health risks according to the specifications
of a building's mechanical equipment.
"Public building" means any structure in the State that is
owned in whole or in part by the State of Illinois.
"Qualified mechanical insulation contractor" means a
mechanical insulation contractor who is an active participant
in an apprenticeship program approved by the United States
Department of Labor.
Mechanical insulation energy and safety
(a) For the purpose of moving the State closer to its 100%
clean energy goal, the Board shall contract with a qualified
mechanical insulation contractor on a commission basis to
perform a mechanical insulation energy and safety assessment
of every public building within 10 years after the effective
date of this Act. The assessments' findings shall include any
and all remediation measures necessary to bring the subject
mechanical insulation system up to Code, as defined in Section
10 of the Energy Efficient Building Act, and to ensure that the
system functions at a specific operating temperature to
minimize energy loss and ensure public health and safety.
(b) The findings shall be a matter of public record and
shall be posted on the Board's website no later than 30 days
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after the completion of the assessment. In addition, the Board
shall file with the General Assembly an annual report
outlining the assessments completed in the previous calendar
year. The reports shall be filed by December 31 of the calendar
year after the calendar year in which the assessment is
(c) If the mechanical insulation energy and safety
assessment identifies mechanical insulation remediation
measures that would result in a reduction in the carbon
footprint for the subject building of more than 30% and a
cumulative energy savings for the subject building of more
than 30%, then the State shall enter into a contract for those
mechanical insulation remediation measures within 12 months
after the publication of the assessment findings on the
Board's website. If any public health or safety concerns are
identified in the mechanical insulation energy and safety
assessment, then those concerns are deemed to be a hazard to
the public health and safety and shall be contracted out for
immediate remediation. Any construction performed under this
subsection, as well as any ancillary construction performed
during the remediation process, shall be subject to the
Prevailing Wage Act.