Chapter 7C of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following section:-
SECTION 73. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:
“Department”, the department of energy resources.
“Division”, the division of capital asset management and maintenance.
“Environmental product declaration”, product specific Type Ill environmental product declarations that conform to ISO Standard 14025 and enable the numeric global warming potential and environmental impact comparisons between concrete mixes fulfilling the same functions.
“Global warming potential”, a numeric value that measures the total contribution to global warming from the emission of greenhouse gases, or the elimination of greenhouse gas sinks.
“Low embodied carbon concrete”, concrete that has been verified to embody carbon emissions that are sufficiently low, based on a threshold set by the division with input from the stakeholder advisory group established subsection (d), compared to the baseline embodied carbon emissions of conventional concrete.
(b) Any state or local contract for low embodied carbon concrete shall include provisions regarding contractor, subcontractor and worker product certification as follows:
(1) Contractors and subcontractors doing work involving low embodied carbon concrete shall certify that all work completed and all procured low embodied carbon concrete meet the minimum standards established under this section by the division.
(2) Any certifications required by this section shall be kept current for the duration of all contracts. The contractor shall issue periodic test reports to the division from a laboratory certified to evaluate low embodied carbon concrete. The contractor shall report any changes to the division.
(c) The division, in consultation with the department, shall establish guidelines requiring the procurement of low embodied carbon concrete in projects deemed appropriate by the division. Such guidelines shall implement a process with minimum standards for contractors and subcontractors to file with the contracting agency upon completion of a project. When establishing guidelines related to low embodied carbon concrete, the division shall consider industry standards.
(d) To inform the development of the guidelines under subsection (c), the division, in conjunction with the department, shall establish a stakeholder advisory group, appointed by the commissioner of the division, consisting of: (1) two licensed professional engineers; (2) two licensed registered architects; (3) two representatives of the construction industry; (4) two representatives of the concrete testing and validation industry; (5) two representatives of an accredited school of civil engineering; (6) one representative from the Massachusetts clean energy technology center, also known as the Massachusetts clean energy center; and (7) one representative each from the executive office of transportation, the executive office of housing and community development, the department of energy resources, and the department of environmental protection.
(e) In developing guidelines under subsection (c), the division, in conjunction with the department, shall consult with any relevant associations that set industry standards for the procurement of low embodied carbon concrete and shall consult with affected contractors and subcontractors to consider environmental impact as well as the impact on public health and safety.
(f) The division shall create a licensure process and establish a fee schedule for certification of low embodied carbon concrete.
(g) The division shall examine: (1) the use of incentives, including bid credits, related to bids within five percent of the lowest price, to encourage the usage and innovation of low embodied carbon concrete on state agency projects; (2) the implementation of mandatory maximum global warming potential thresholds or maximum cement content specifications for concrete procured by state agencies; (3) the utilization of environmental product declarations or other methodologies and tools that quantify the climate and environmental impact of materials, including but not limited to global warming potential; and (4) the implementation of standards for performance-based specification, including but not limited to requirements that a structural material achieve specified performance-based outcomes from the use of the structural material, including but not limited to, outcomes related to strength, durability, permeability or other attributes related to the function of the building material for applied uses, as opposed to requiring that a structural material be produced using a specified manufacturer process, design features, technologies, or proportion of materials.
(h) The commissioner of the division, in consultation with the department of transportation and the stakeholder advisory group established in subsection (d), shall examine the use of an expedited product evaluation protocol for low embodied carbon concrete products.
(i) The guidelines established pursuant to this section as well as any recommendations for subsequent legislative action resulting from examining the use of incentives related to bid credits shall be submitted to the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house, the joint committee on transportation, the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, the joint committee on housing, and the house and senate committees on ways and means within 30 of the issuance of such guidelines or within 1 year from the effective date of this section, whichever comes sooner.
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