State Buildings Energy Reduction Plan (Virginia)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Virginia

Name State Buildings Energy Reduction Plan
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Institutional, State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, Daylighting, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

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

EquipmentProducts State agencies and institutions are instructed to purchase or lease Energy Star products if available in that category of equipment

Goal All state agencies and institutions constructing state-owned facilities over 5,000 gross square feet in size, and renovations of such buildings valued at 50% of the assessed building value, shall be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED Silver or Green Globes 2 Globes Standard.

Date added to DSIRE 2007-05-29
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-17

References DSIRE[1]


The Governor of Virginia signed Executive Order 82, "Greening of State Government" in June 2009 as part of the greater RENEW VIRGINIA Initiative. This Order builds upon Executive Order 48 “Energy Efficiency in State Government,” and sets out to reduce non-renewable energy purchases and increase overall energy savings. In addition to requiring that new buildings (>5,000 gross sq feet) and major renovations (where the cost greater than 50% of building value) be built to LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes Standards, agencies and institutions are instructed to purchase or lease Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment, if Energy Star is available for the category of equipment/appliance.

In addition, the order instructs the Commonwealth to encourage the private sector to adopt energy-efficient building standards by giving preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes standards.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is responsible for providing technical support to agencies to achieve the goals. The latest information is available at the DMME website.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Thomas Thompson
Department Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Division VA Division of Energy
Address Washington Building
Address 2 1100 Bank Street, 8th floor
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23219-3638
Phone (804) 692-3230
Phone 2 (804) 692-3200
Fax (804) 692-3237

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

Authority 1: Executive Order 82 (2009)
Date Effective 2009-06-10
Date Enacted 2009-06-10
Expiration Date 2013-07-01

  • 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)"