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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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State Energy Efficient Design Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/11/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Specific technologies not identified
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Requirement:New state construction must exceed the energy conservation provisions of the Oregon State Building Code by 20% or more
Web Site:
Authority 1:
ORS 276.900 et seq.
Authority 2:
OAR 330-130-0010 et seq.

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. Leased buildings are also required to be more energy efficient. State agencies may use a prequalified Energy Analyst approved by the Department of Energy to perform energy consumption analyses. 

The law was revised in 2001 to require that all state facilities constructed on or after June 30, 2001 exceed the energy conservation provisions of the Oregon State Building Code by at least 20%. Actual energy consumption is measured for an 18 month post-occupancy period and compared to modeled energy.

By 2015, existing buildings must reduce energy use by 20% compared to the building's baseline energy use in 2000. Energy conservation and efficiency projects in existing buildings can be funded through energy savings performance contracts. Complete SEED guidelines are available on the web site listed above.

  Ann Hushagen
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97301-3737
Phone: (800) 221-8035 Ext. 223
Phone 2: (503) 373-7804
Fax: (503) 373-7806
Web Site:
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