High Performance Buildings in Capital Projects (Maryland)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maryland

Name High Performance Buildings in Capital Projects
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric, Biogas
Active Incentive No

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

Requirement LEED Silver or comparable rating required for new state construction and renovations; new schools that receive state funding and issue design consultant RFPs after July 1, 2009

Website http://energy.maryland.gov/policy/bills.asp
Date added to DSIRE 2008-05-21
Last DSIRE Review 2009-05-11

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2008, Maryland enacted a series of laws designed to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state. Among these was the Maryland High Performance Buildings Act, effective July 1, 2008, which requires that capital projects involving the construction or major renovation of state buildings meet the criteria for classification as a "high performance building". New schools being constructed with state assistance that have not initiated a request for proposal for the selection of an architectural or engineering consultant by July 1, 2009 must also meet this standard.

High performance buildings are defined as buildings that achieve at least a silver rating the under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED* green building rating system, or a comparable numeric rating on an approved, nationally recognized system. A major renovation is considered to be any project that has a scope of 7,500 square feet or greater; reuses the building shell for the new construction; and involves the replacement of the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems. Unoccupied buildings such as warehouses, garages, maintenance facilities, transmitter buildings, pumping stations, and other similar types of buildings are exempt from this requirement. The requirement may be waived if it is determined to be impractical.

For fiscal years 2010 through 2014, the state will pay 50% of the local share of extra costs incurred as the result of the requirement for new schools.

*Click here for more information on the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

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

Authority 1: S.B. 208
Date Effective 2008-07-01
Date Enacted 2008-04-24

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer - MEA
Department Maryland Energy Administration

Address 60 West Street, 3rd Floor

Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone (410) 260-7655
Phone 2 (800) 723-6374

Email meainfo@energy.state.md.us
Website http://www.energy.state.md.us
Contact Name Walt Auburn
Department Maryland Energy Administration

Address 60 West Street, Third Floor

Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone (410) 260-7204
Phone 2 (410) 260-7655

Email wauburn@energy.state.md.us
Website http://www.energy.state.md.us/

  • 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)"