High Performance Schools Policy

July 12, 2023


In July 2002, New Jersey’s governor signed Executive Order No. 24 requiring all new school designs to incorporate LEED Version 2.0 guidelines in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in school facilities.

The Executive Order also requires that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority establish a subsidiary corporation, The New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation (SCC), to be responsible for the school facilities project and the state’s compliance with the new order. The SCC was subsequently replaced by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) in 2007. The SDA mandates that all projects must incorporate the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), “LEED for Schools.”

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: New Jersey
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site: https://www.njsda.gov/Design/SustainableSchools
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)


Name: NJ Executive Order No. 24 (2002)
Date Enacted: 07/29/2002
Name: New Jersey Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act (EFCFA)
Name: N.J.A.C. 6A:26 - Educational Facilities


Name: Public Information - SDA
Organization: New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation
Address: 32 East Front Street PO Box 991
Trenton NJ 08625-0991
Phone: (609) 341-5900
Email: schools@njsda.gov

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.