17-7-213. High-performance building standards. (1) New buildings and major renovations constructed under 17-7-202 and new state-leased buildings must:
(a) be built and operated as high-performance buildings; and
(b) exceed the International Energy Conservation Code most recently adopted by the department of labor and industry by 20% or to the extent that is cost-effective over the life of the building or major renovation.
(2) The department, in collaboration with the Montana university system and other state agencies, shall adopt high-performance building standards. In developing these standards, the department shall consider:
(a) integrated design principles to optimize energy performance, enhance indoor environmental quality, and conserve natural resources;
(b) cost-effectiveness, including productivity, deferred maintenance, and operational considerations;
(c) environmental, economic, and social sustainability of materials and components; and
(d) building functionality, durability, and maintenance.
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 135, L. 2009.