Green Building Standards for State Facilities (Rhode Island)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Rhode Island

Name Green Building Standards for State Facilities
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Specific technologies not identified, Bio-gas
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement Larger new state construction and renovation projects must be designed to achieve LEED certification (or equivalent standard)

Date added to DSIRE 2006-08-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-05

References DSIRE[1]


In November 2009, Rhode Island enacted legislation (S.B. 232) requiring that public building construction projects 5,000 square feet or larger and public building renovation projects 10,000 square feet or larger achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification or an equivalent certification, such as High Performance Schools Standards, Green Globes Certification, or the International Green Construction Code.* This requirement applies to all public buildings, including school district construction and renovations that receive state funding for such projects, that had not entered the design phase prior to January 1, 2010. Exemptions may be granted from this requirement if economic hardship is proven.

The Rhode Island Department of Administration was required to form a Green Buildings Advisory Committee to support implementation of this policy through education, training, and evaluation recommendations. The Department of Administration must also monitor and document ongoing operating savings resulting from this policy, and to publish annually a report of its findings and recommended changes to the policy.

* Rhode Island was the first U.S. state to adopt the International Green Construction Code.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - SEO
Department Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Address One Capitol Hill

Place Providence, Rhode Island
Zip/Postal Code 02908-5890
Phone (401) 574-9100


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: RIGL § 37-24-1 et seq.
Date Effective 2009-11-09
Date Enacted 2009-11-09

Authority 2: CRIR 01-025-100
Date Effective 2010-11-10
Date Enacted 2010-10-18

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"