Green Building Standards for State Facilities

July 18, 2023


In November 2009, Rhode Island enacted the Green Building Act (S.B. 232), this act was updated in June, 2022. The updated law requires that public building construction projects 10,000 square feet or larger and public building renovation projects 10,000 square feet or larger achieve constructed to at least the LEED, LEED for Neighborhood Development, and SITES certification, or equivalent, such as High Performance Schools Standards, Green Globes Certification, or the International Green Construction Code.* This requirement applies to all public buildings, including school district construction and renovations that receive state funding for such projects, that had not entered the design phase prior to July 1, 2023. The rule applies to all renovation projects that involve 40% of the public building in terms of the size or the monetary value of the structure. Exemptions may be granted from this requirement if economic hardship is proven. 

The Rhode Island Department of Administration was required to form a Green Buildings Advisory Committee to support implementation of this policy through education, training, and evaluation recommendations. The Department of Administration must also monitor and document ongoing operating savings resulting from this policy, and to publish annually a report of its findings and recommended changes to the policy.

* Rhode Island was the first U.S. state to adopt the International Green Construction Code.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
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
  • Other EE
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Green Building Requirement: Public building construction projects 10,000 square feet or larger and public building renovation projects 10,000 square feet or larger must achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification or an equivalent certification.


Name: RIGL § 37-24-1 et seq.
Date Enacted: 11/09/2009
Effective Date: 11/09/2009


Name: Christopher Kearns
Organization: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Address: One Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908-5890
Phone: (401) 574-9117

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.