Voluntary Green Building Standards for Public Buildings

July 18, 2023


NOTE: The program described below is a voluntary program that encourages state agencies to consider using green building standard. The State of Alabama does not have mandatory Green Building standards for Public Buildings. 

In January 2016, Governor Bentley issued an amendment to the Executive Order (EO) 39, adding a provision that requires State agencies to "make every effort to utilize sustainable, locally -sourced building materials and products that are responsibly harvested, extracted and manufactured in Alabama. The objective of the EO is to promote the use of state's vast forestry resources during manufacturing and construction. 

The EO includes a provision that requires state agencies to "consider using 'Green Building' standards in the construction and expansion of state buildings which will result in cost savings in construction and operation of state buildings." This however is not a mandatory "green building" standard, it is only a voluntary requirement for state agencies to consider during new construction or renovation. Any state building that  incorporates any "green building" standard must consider the use of local and regional Alabama products 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Alabama
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Biomass
Energy Reduction Goal/Requirement: None
Green Building Requirement: Voluntary standards that require state agencies to consider using "Green Building" standards in construction and expansion of state buildings when cost effective
Equipment Efficiency Requirement: None
Renewable Energy Requirement: None


Name: EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 39, Amendment Number 1
Date Enacted: 01/22/2016
Effective Date: 01/22/2016

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.