Bill Text: NJ S3066 | 2016-2017 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires installation of smart thermostats in all new residential construction.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2017-06-22 - Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee [S3066 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2016-S3066-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 3066

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 6, 2017

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  PAUL A. SARLO

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators B.Smith and Greenstein

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires installation of smart thermostats in all new residential construction.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning smart thermostats and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a. An application for a construction permit for new residential construction shall not be declared complete without containing provisions for the installation of a smart thermostat in each residential unit of the structure to be constructed.

     b.    Any determination as to whether a device is a "smart thermostat" for the purposes of this section shall be made in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to subsection c. of this section.

     c.     The Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities, shall adopt rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), in order to effectuate the purposes of this section.  The rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, energy efficiency standards for smart thermostats to be installed in new residential construction.

     d.    As used in this section "smart thermostat" means a thermostat with a wireless Internet connection, which may be used alone or as part of a larger home automation platform.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month following the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would require the installation of a smart thermostat in all new residential construction.

     For the purposes of this bill, a "smart thermostat" is defined as a thermostat with a wireless Internet connection, which may be used alone or as part of a larger home automation platform.  This type of thermostat is also commonly known as a "wi-fi thermostat."

     In order to obtain a construction permit for new residential construction, an applicant would be required to include provisions in the construction permit application for the installation of a smart thermostat in each residential unit to be constructed.

     The bill directs the Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities, to adopt regulations to effectuate the purposes of this bill.  These regulations would include energy efficiency standards for smart thermostats.

     This bill would take effect on the first day of the seventh month following enactment into law.

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