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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design in New School Construction   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/07/2014
Program Overview:
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Schools
Requirement:All new schools must achieve LEED Silver certification, with a goal of Gold certification
Web Site: http://www.osfc.ohio.gov/Home/GreenSchools.aspx
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ohio School Facilities Commission Resolution 07-124
09/27/2007
09/27/2007
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
ORC ยง3318.112
07/31/2008
Summary:

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. Over 270 buildings have been funded/registered, with 2 Platinum, 17 Gold,12 Silver and 1 Certification 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.


 
Contact:
  Main Office
Ohio School Facilities Commission
10 West Broad St.
Columbus , OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-6290
Fax: (614) 466-7749
E-Mail: program.info@osfc.ohio.gov
Web Site: http://osfc.ohio.gov
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