High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings (South Dakota)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place South Dakota
Name High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings
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
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement New construction and renovations of state-owned buildings must achieve at least LEED Silver certification, a two-globe rating on the Green Globes scale, or a comparable rating under an accredited sustainable building certification program

Website http://www.state.sd.us/boa
Date added to DSIRE 2008-07-18
Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-20

References DSIRE[1]


In March 2008, South Dakota enacted legislation mandating the use of high-performance building standards in new state construction and renovations. This policy requires that new and renovated state buildings achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating under the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globe rating system, or a comparable numeric rating from another accredited sustainable building certification program. The law applies to all new construction projects and renovations by state agencies, departments, or institutions that cost more than $500,000 or include more than 5,000 square feet of space. The standard only applies to buildings with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The Office of the State Engineer may issue a waiver to this requirement if:

  • The building will have minimal human occupancy;
  • The increased capital cost will not be recouped within 15 years from decreased operational costs;
  • The standard would conflict with existing historic properties laws;
  • The square footage of a renovation project is less than 50% of the total square footage of the building; or
  • The South Dakota Bureau of Administration (BOA) determines that the standard is impractical for a given project.

The BOA must adopt rules for determining compliance and issuing waivers under the standard. Any waivers issued by the BOA must be reported annually to the state legislature.

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Incentive Contact

Contact Name Michele Farris
Department Office of the State Engineer
Address 523 E. Capitol Avenue
Place Pierre, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57501
Phone (605) 773-3899
Phone 2 (605) 773-5980
Email michele.farris@state.sd.us
Website http://www.state.sd.us/boa/ose

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

Authority 1: SDCL § 5-14-32 et seq.
Date Enacted 2008-03-17

  • 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)"