In 1995 Ohio passed legislation requiring that all state agencies perform life-cycle cost analyses prior to the construction of new buildings, and energy consumption analyses prior to new leases. Both analyses are to be primary considerations in either building design or leasing decisions. The State Architect’s Office of Energy Services (SAO-ES) was created within the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to assist in this process and develop rules governing energy efficiency in new construction and the purchase of equipment.
In January 2007, Ohio enacted HB 251 and Governor Ted Strickland issued Executive Order 2007-02S. Both initiatives amend state policy pertaining to energy efficiency in state buildings. H.B. 251 devotes particular attention to state institutions of higher education, which are now addressed separately from other state organizations.
General (all state-owned or leased buildings)
Institutions of Higher Education
An inter-university council composed of the presidents of state institutions of higher education or their designees are to develop energy efficiency and conservation guidelines for their respective Boards of Trustees. The following provisions are among the required content of these guidelines.
As indicated above, new rules governing this process may be added as time goes on by the SAO-ES or the inter-university council. For further details please contact the SAO-ES or personnel at the university in question.
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|Incentive Type:||Energy Standards for Public Buildings|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Energy Reduction Goal/Requirement:||A goal of reducing energy consumption by at least 20% by 2014 from a 2004 baseline was put in place for institutions of higher education.|
|Green Building Requirement:||Life-cycle cost analysis is required prior to the construction of any state-funded building larger than 5,000 square feet. For projects with estimated costs exceeding $50,000,000, cogeneration must be considered as an energy source.|
|Name:||ORC § 123.01 (general)|
|Name:||ORC § 3345.69 (higher education)|
|Name:||ORC § 123.22 (Life-cycle cost analysis)|
|Organization:||Ohio State Architect's Office|
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.
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