New Mexico State Board of Finance: Retain Executive Order 2006-001 for NM Higher Education Buildings
We respectfully request that you do not remove Executive Order 2006-001 State of New Mexico Energy Efficient Green Buildings Standards for the Higher Education Department State Buildings. The Executive Order, as it exists today, ensures that taxpayers' fund high-performance buildings that deliver quantifiable and most importantly third party verifiable results. This standard allows the taxpayer to receive the optimum in energy efficiency and best green building benefits without an army of full time state employees, architects, engineers and committee members struggling to evaluate each individual's opinion of what is the maximum extent of a possible cost effective green building. The benefits of a LEED validated high performance building includes energy and water efficiency, optimum air quality (reduced allergies/asthma), increased productivity/learning (reduced sick days) and better human functionality (daylighting). LEED was created to guarantee the maximum benefits to both the owners and the occupants. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.