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Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards for State Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Unspecified Technologies
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Bio-gas, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Goal:10% reduction by Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 and 20% by FY 2010 in energy use in state buildings, based on the FY 2005 state energy baseline
Equipment/Products:Equipment must meet standards that meet or exceed federal EPA standards, federal energy management standards, and/or standards established by the American society of heating, refrigerating, and air-conditioning engineers.
Requirement:Use of LEED or comparable guidelines for all new buildings, additions and retrofit projects for state buildings
New facilities must be 10% more efficient than the commercial building code
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
S.B. 459
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Executive Order No. 145
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Wis. Stat. ยง 101.027
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
Executive Order No. 63

In March, 2006, Wisconsin enacted SB 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act. With respect to energy efficiency, this bill requires the Department of Administration (DOA) to prescribe and annually review energy efficiency standards for all equipment for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water heating or cooling, lighting, refrigeration, or other function that consumes energy. These standards must meet or exceed federal EPA standards, federal energy management standards, and standards established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. The DOA will ensure that all buildings and equipment purchased for those buildings maximize energy efficiency to the extent technically and economically feasible. No purchasing agency or authority may purchase equipment that does not meet these requirements.

Each of the six largest state agencies is required to submit a biannual report detailing plans for energy cost reduction in the facilities it occupies, and the DOA institutes rules promoting energy conservation in the energy conservation code. Geothermal technologies in space and water heating must also be used whenever technically and economically feasible.

Executive Order No. 145, also issued in 2006, directed the DOA to set energy efficiency goals for state facilities, office buildings, complexes, and campuses for fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009. These goals reduced overall energy use per square foot by 10% by 2008 and 20% by 2010, based on the fiscal year (FY) 2005 adjusted for weather. New state facilities were required to be 30% more efficient than commercial code; however, in 2012, this requirement was reduced to only 10% more efficient that commercial code. Lastly, state agencies must examine the feasibility of energy performance contracting. The 2012 Executive Order also requires the DOA to evaluate the performance contracting program and submit recommendations for revisions to the Secretary of the DOA by December 1st of every even-numbered year.

According to the Department of Administration's FY 2010 Energy Use Report, state agencies and universities reduced energy use per square foot by 9.8% in FY 2010 compared to FY 2005. Sustainable building guidelines based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system that recognize the use of forest products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) apply to the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all new construction, additions, and retrofit projects in state buildings. Click here to view the most recent revision of the DOA's Sustainable Facilities Design Guidelines. 

  Cheryl Rezabek
State of Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of State Facilities
101 E. Wilson St.
PO Box 7866
Madison, WI 53702-7866
Phone: (608) 261-7754
Phone 2: (608) 266-2731
Fax: (608) 267-2710
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