BILL NUMBER: AB 296	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  667
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 29, 2012
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 30, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 22, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 21, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 21, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 27, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 25, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 31, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Skinner
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Blumenfield, Fletcher, and Gordon)
   (Coauthor: Senator Hancock)

                        FEBRUARY 9, 2011

   An act to add Section 18941.9 to the Health and Safety Code, and
to add Part 5 (commencing with Section 71400) to Division 34 of the
Public Resources Code, relating to building standards.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 296, Skinner. Department of Transportation: paving materials.
   (1) Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation is
responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the state highway
system.
   This bill would make legislative findings and declarations
regarding the meaning of urban heat island effect (UHIE). The bill
would require the California Environmental Protection Agency to
develop a definition for the term UHIE and, upon completion of an
UHIE index, develop a standard specification for sustainable or cool
pavements.
   (2) The California Building Standards Law requires any building
standard adopted or proposed by a state agency to be submitted to,
and approved or adopted by, the California Building Standards
Commission prior to codification.
   This bill would require the commission, in the next triennial
adoption process of the California Green Building Standards Code to
consider incorporating a standard specification for sustainable or
cool pavements that this bill would require the Department of
Transportation to develop in the Cool Pavements Handbook as
additional strategies for Heat Island Effect: Hardscape Alternatives
in the California Green Building Standards Code.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that urban heat
island effect is a phenomenon characterized by a temperature
differential between developed and rural lands.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the California
Environmental Protection Agency develop a standard definition of the
term "urban heat island effect."
  SEC. 2.  Section 18941.9 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to
read:
   18941.9.  The commission shall, in the next triennial adoption
process for the code adopted after the development of a standard
specification by the Department of Transportation pursuant to
subdivision (b) of Section 71400 of the Public Resources Code,
consider incorporating that specification as an additional strategy
for Heat Island Effect: Hardscape Alternatives in the California
Green Building Standards Code (Section A5.106.11.1 of Appendix 5 of
Part 11 (commencing with Section 101.1) of Title 24 of the California
Code of Regulations).
  SEC. 3.  Part 5 (commencing with Section 71400) is added to
Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

      PART 5.  URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT


   71400.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that all of the
following shall occur:
   (1) The California Environmental Protection Agency shall work with
its partners on the Climate Action Team to develop heat reduction
strategies that include urban forestry, cool roofs, and sustainable
or cool pavements.
   (2) The California Environmental Protection Agency shall develop a
definition for the urban heat island effect. The definition shall
include the extent and severity of an urban heat island effect index
for California cities such that the cities can have a quantifiable
goal for heat reduction.
   (3) In support of this effort, the Department of Transportation
shall work with the California Environmental Protection Agency and
other stakeholders on sustainable or cool pavement technologies and
research.
   (b) Upon completion of a definition for an urban heat island
effect index, the Department of Transportation shall develop a
standard specification for sustainable or cool pavements that can be
used to reduce the urban heat island effect index.