By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A bill that would that would require that all new construction or major renovation projects involving state buildings measure energy use is making its way through the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Supporters say the bill would require an analysis of a number of variables - such as construction materials, architectural design and water use - to help the state continue to meet ambitious carbon emission reduction goals.

The bill filed by Sen. Jamie Eldridge received a favorable report from the Joint Committee on State Administration, an initial legislative hurdle.

The Acton Democrat says the bill requires construction or renovation work in state-owned buildings measure the energy implications of all resources used.

Eldridge says his goal is to encourage wider awareness of the total energy impact of such projects to help improve sustainability.

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