Building Requirements for State-Funded Buildings

July 19, 2023


New Hampshire enacted legislation (S.B. 409) in July 2010 stipulating that major construction and maintenance projects that receive state funding must meet a high-performance energy and design standard determined by the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Division of Historic Resources and the state's community college system. The standard, effective July 1, 2011, specifies that the building or structure can recoup the incremental costs of this requirement through reduced energy costs over 10 years.

This requirement does not apply to buildings or structures less than 25,000 square feet; buildings and structures that do not consume energy for heating, ventilating, or air conditioning; renovations or modifications estimated to cost less than $1 million; temporary structures; certain public school facilities; the state's university system; projects employing new, innovative, or experimental energy-efficient technology that might not recoup their incremental costs within 10 years; or historic buildings.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: New Hampshire
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
Green Building Requirement: Must conform to standards established by ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2009, Standards for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings (excluding sections 4, 9, and 10) to the maximum extent possible while remaining at or below the 10-year payback period


Name: RSA 155-A:13
Date Enacted: 07/20/2010
Effective Date: 07/01/2011
Name: New Hampshire High-Performance Design Standard
Effective Date: 07/01/2011


Name: Public Information
Organization: NH Department of Administrative Services
Address: 25 Capital Street
Concord NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3201

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.