The Green Buildings Act and Green Buildings Advisory Committee (GBAC)

About the Rhode Island Green Buildings Act

On November 9, 2009, the Green Buildings Act (RIGL §37-24) was signed into law. The Act requires that all new construction projects over 5,000 gross square feet, and all renovation projects over 10,000 gross square feet, constructed by a public agency be designed and constructed to LEED Certified or an equivalent high performance green building standard.


About the Rhode Island Green Buildings Advisory Committee

The Rhode Island Green Buildings Advisory Committee (GBAC) was formed in 2010 to help implement the Green Buildings Act. The Committee, which consists of volunteers appointed by the Director of the Department of Administration (DOA), works with the Rhode Island Building Code Commission and DOA to help ensure compliance with the law and to provide education on green building practices for Rhode Islanders.


Green Buildings Advisory Committee Members

  • Chair – Vacant
  • Christopher Armstrong – Representing: Building Design Industry
  • Commissioner James Cambio – Representing: Rhode Island Building Code Commission
  • Dr. Joseph da Silva – Representing: Rhode Island Department of Education School Building Authority
  • Director David Patten – Representing: Rhode Island Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
  • Melissa Travis – Representing: Building Materials Industry
  • Stephen Turner – Representing: Building Commissioning Industry
  • Mark Winslow – Representing: Building Construction Industry
  • Vacant – Representing: Lumber Industry
  • Art Zeman – Representing: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Michael O’Brien Crayne – Representing: Energy Programs
  • Lawrence Filippelli, Ed.D – Representing: School Boards
  • Jordan Day – Representing: Municipalities


Public Meetings

All GBAC meetings are open to the public. Below is a list of this year’s scheduled meetings. Click on the meeting date to access meeting materials. For inquiries about previous meetings, please email

November 15, 2022

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. Meetings will be held in-person at McKenna Conference Room (1st Floor), 560 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02886, unless otherwise noticed.

Meetings will also have an option to join remotely, unless otherwise noticed: via Zoom or by phone 888 788 0099

Meeting ID: 867 2844 3239

Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change. All meetings will be officially noticed via the Secretary of State’s website in compliance with Open Meetings Act.


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Public Comments

Submit a Public Comment to Rhode Island’s Green Buildings Advisory Committee (GBAC)

There are multiple ways you can submit a public comment to the Committee. No matter which method you use, your comment(s) will be shared with the Committee during the next public meeting and will become part of the publicly available meeting minutes.


Submit a Comment Online

Email the GBAC:

Email your public comment to Please be sure to include your full name, who you represent (it may be yourself or your organization), your contact information, and your public comment in the body of your email.

Attend a Meeting:

All GBAC meetings are open to the public and offer time for public comment. Click here to access the Secretary of State’s website with more information about upcoming GBAC meetings.



RIGBAC Preconstruction Certification
RIGBAC Post Construction Certification
Appeal Application
Reporting Form

Helpful Information

AIA Presentation
RIGBAC Presentation
LEED v4 and IGCC 2015 Comparison
Recommended RFP Language

Green Building Program Links

RI Stretch Codes/IGCC
USGBC LEED for Neighborhood Development
Sustainable SITES
Green Globes

Committee Documents

Rules & Regulations

Annual Reports

2021 GBAC Annual Report
2020 GBAC Annual Report