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HF 3702

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/12/2020 03:53pm

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to environment; appropriating money for study to examine costs and
benefits of requiring environmental assessments of certain building materials used
in state buildings to be included in bids.


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new text begin (a) $100,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of administration for completing the study required under this section.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner of administration, in consultation with the commissioner of
transportation, must contract with the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the
University of Minnesota to examine the feasibility, economic costs, and environmental
benefits of requiring a bid that proposes to use or construct one or more eligible materials
in the construction or major renovation of a new state building or state-funded highway,
bridge, or related infrastructure to include a type III environmental product declaration for
each of those materials, which information must be taken into consideration in making a
contract award. In conducting the study, the Center for Sustainable Building Research must
examine and evaluate similar programs adopted in other states.
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new text begin (c) By February 1, 2021, the commissioner of administration must submit the findings
and recommendations of the study to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate
and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over environmental
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new text begin (d) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given:
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new text begin (1) "eligible materials" means any of the following materials that function as part of a
structural system or structural assembly:
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new text begin (i) concrete, including structural cast in place, shortcrete, and precast;
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new text begin (ii) unit masonry;
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new text begin (iii) metal of any type; and
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new text begin (iv) wood of any type, including but not limited to wood composites and wood-laminated
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new text begin (2) "state building" means a building owned by the state of Minnesota;
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new text begin (3) "structural" means a building material or component that supports gravity loads of
building floors, roofs, or both, and is the primary lateral system resisting wind and earthquake
loads, including but not limited to shear walls, braced or moment frames, foundations,
below-grade walls, and floors; and
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new text begin (4) "type III environmental product declaration" means a document verified and registered
by a third party that contains a life-cycle assessment of the environmental impacts, including
the use of water, land, and energy resources in the manufacturing process, of a specific
product constructed or manufactured by a specific firm and that meets the applicable
standards developed and maintained for such assessments by the International Standards
Organization (ISO).
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