Green Building Standards for State Facilities (Rhode Island)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|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|
|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|
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.
|Contact Name||Public Information - SEO|
|Department||Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources|
|Address||One Capitol Hill|
|Place||Providence, Rhode Island|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||RIGL § 37-24-1 et seq.|
|Authority 2:||CRIR 01-025-100|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.