State Energy Efficient Design Program

March 13, 2024


Oregon's State Energy Efficient Design Program (SEED) was originally established in 1991. This program, codified in state law, directs state agencies to work with the Oregon Department of Energy to ensure cost-effective energy conservation measures are included in new construction projects and major renovations to public buildings. For leased buildings, guidelines must be established for incorporating energy efficiency requirements into lease agreements of at least 10 years, to be phased in as current leases expire or as agencies enter into new agreements.

The law was revised in 2001 to require that all state facilities, constructed or renovated, after June 30, 2001 exceed the energy conservation provisions of the Oregon State Building Code by at least 20%. 

By 2015, existing buildings must reduce energy use by 20% compared to the building's baseline energy use in 2000. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Other EE
Green Building Requirement: All state facilities constructed or renovated after June 30, 2001 must exceed the energy conservation provisions of the Oregon State Building Code by at least 20%.


Name: ORS 276.900 et seq.
Name: OAR 330-130-0010 et seq.


Name: Blake Shelide
Organization: Oregon Department of Energy
Address: 550 Capitol St. NE, 1st Floor
Salem OR 97301
Phone: (503) 580-2598

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.