Law Encourages Energy-Efficient Construction in New Jersey
Legislation was passed in New Jersey recently that encourages public
entities, including the state, counties, municipalities, school
districts and public colleges, to implement energy savings improvement
programs. Through the new program, public organizations will be
able to contract with energy services companies to implement energy
saving measures. The money saved through the reduction in energy
expenses will defray the cost of energy infrastructure improvements.
The use of high-performance glass and glazing, windows, doors and
other construction elements is just one way public agencies will
be able to benefit from the acquisition of new and efficient energy-saving
Many companies, including glass fabricators and manufactures, curtainwall
producers and other glazing component suppliers may also find benefit
in seeing more high-performance materials used in the state's construction.
"From our perspective, as a New Jersey business and directly involved
in the supply of improved glass performance products, we are clearly
supportive and in favor of this legislation, but whether it has
any 'teeth,' will need to be determined," says George Smith of Pedricktown,
N.J.-based J.E. Berkowitz L.P. Smith, who handles the company's
energy purchases, ISO quality and facilities management, was also
the project executive in charge of constructing the company's new
plant in Pedricktown, which features a number of the efficiencies
that are now being encouraged by the state's governor. These include
artificial lighting, heating, water circulation and natural day
lighting through skylights, punched openings and high-efficiency
"As we look for new and creative ways to overcome the national
economic crisis, we cannot ignore the benefits of green construction
in New Jersey," said Senator Bob Smith, (D-Middlesex, Somerset),
and chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. "This new law
allows public agencies to capitalize on proven cost savings to jump-start
the State's green economy. By allowing public agencies to tap into
cost-neutral start-up capital, we can show to the world the benefits-both
economic and environmental-of going green and supporting green construction
in the Garden State."
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