Ohio Senate hearings on a non-binding resolution to ban the use of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design green building rating system on public projects will likely take place early next year. If passed by both houses of the Ohio General Assembly, the resolution would recommend to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission a ban on the use of LEED.
On Oct. 31, Ohio state Sens. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Shaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced Ohio State Concurrent Resolution 25, which recommends banning the new LEED Version 4; the resolution is currently before the Senate's energy and resources committee. "This is ... not a bill. [It's a] 'please take notice and listen to our concerns' kind of effort," says Uecker.