Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design in New School Construction

July 14, 2023


The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) administers funds appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly for the construction of new schools and renovations of existing schools. In September 2007 the OSFC approved a resolution (Resolution 07-124) requiring that all new school construction projects not already in the design phase achieve LEED for Schools Silver certification, with a goal of achieving LEED for Schools Gold certification. Credits under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Category are considered to be "preferred" investments, although the regulation sets no specific standard for this category outside of the existing certification prerequisites.

The overall program is expected to fund 250 new or renovated school buildings, all of which will be required to abide by the sustainable building standard described above. 412 buildings have been registered, with 3 Platinum, 122 Gold, 279 Silver and 8 Certification levels received.

Provisions in S.B. 221, which became effective July 31, 2008, directed the OSCF to adopt "solar ready" requirements and guidelines for schools. In response, the OSFC passed Resolution 08-164 in November 2008 providing requirements and guidelines for "solar ready" schools, where solar ready means capable of accommodating the eventual installation of roof-top, solar photovoltaic energy equipment. The requirements were incorporated into the Ohio School Design Manual. In June 2012, the OSFC proposed new rules for the "solar ready" standards which were taken into effect August 10, 2012 under Ohio Code 3318:1-9-01.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Green Building Requirement: all new school projects must achieve LEED for Schools Silver certification, with a goal of achieving LEED for Schools Gold certification


Name: Ohio School Facilities Commission Resolution 07-124
Date Enacted: 09/27/2007
Effective Date: 09/27/2007
Name: ORC §3318.112 Standards for solar-ready equipment.
Effective Date: 07/31/2008
Name: ORC §3318:1-9-01 Standards for solar ready roofs and equipment in school buildings.
Date Enacted: 08/10/2012


Name: Main Office
Organization: Ohio School Facilities Commission
Address: 30 W. Spring St., 4th Floor
Columbus OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-6290

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.