Maryland Green Building Council
Maryland Department of General Services is the supporting agency for the Maryland Green Building Council. The Council was created in 2007 to guide Maryland’s High-Performance Building Program. The Council is composed of private sector and State agency membership. It makes recommendations regarding implementation of the High-Performance Building Program to the Department of General Services, the Maryland Governor and General Assembly. It assists the Governor and General Assembly on reviews and recommendations regarding green building legislation and promotes green building throughout Maryland’s government and private sector.
Applicability of the Maryland High Performance Green Building Program
All new and renovated State of Maryland facilities larger than 7,500 gross square feet which are fully funded by the state, kindergarten through 12th grade (K -12) public schools and new community college buildings are required to comply with the Maryland High Performance Green Building Program. A High Performance Building is one which achieves either a Silver rating or better under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, a two Green Globes rating or better under the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes rating system, or which complies with the Maryland Green Building Council’s supplement to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) enacted in November 2014. For more information, follow the link ‘Laws and Regulations’.