Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) recently introduced a bill in the Ohio General Assembly that would create a new code section requiring that buildings built using state capital funds or moneys from the education facilities trust fund meet certain green building and energy efficiency standards.

House Bill 306 exempts any buildings that are under 5,000 square feet, that cost less than $500,000.00 to construct, or that do not consume energy through heating, ventilation and cooling systems. The bill also includes a waiver provision for projects receiving less than 10 percent of their costs from state funds. House Bill 306 has no Republican co-sponsors and has not yet been assigned to committee. The full text of the bill is available here.