Energy-Efficient Building Standards for State Facilities (Maine)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maine
Name Energy-Efficient Building Standards for State Facilities
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Specific technologies not identified, Bio-gas
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement Cost-effective incorporation of "green building" standards into the design, construction, operation and maintenance of any new, expanded or existing state building

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-16
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-05
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Via Executive Order 27, Maine requires that construction or renovation of state buildings must incorporate "green building" standards that would achieve "significant" energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, provided that the costs of doing so are cost-effective over the life of the building. All branches of state government are to cooperate with the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (Bureau of General Services) to meet these requirements. School districts and municipalities are not required to comply with these standards. It is interesting to note that Maine originally designated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards be incorporated into the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new/renovated state buildings in November 2003 (via Exec order 8 FY04/05). The current policy no longer requires LEED.

Maine Statutes Title 5, Section 1764-A also requires that plans and designs for the construction of new or substantially renovated buildings owned or leased by the state include: (1) the consideration of energy efficiency, (2) an energy-use target that exceeds standards for commercial and institutional buildings by at least 20%, and (3) a life-cycle cost analysis over a minimum of 30 years that explicitly addresses the costs and benefits of efficiency improvements.

History Legislation in 2009 created the Task Force to Advance Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Independence at State Facilities; the Task Force issued its recommendations in January 2010 (available on Maine's Bureau of General Services website).

Back even further, in March 2005, the governor of Maine announced that the state would join the federal "Energy Star Challenge." As part of this partnership, the state committed to encouraging building owners and operators throughout Maine to improve energy efficiency by 10% or more using performance contracting and other mechanisms. The state also agreed to track energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions from government buildings and identify the best ways to improve energy efficiency in those buildings.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department State Energy Program
Division Efficiency Maine
Address 19 State House Station
Place Augusta, Maine
Zip/Postal Code 04333-0018
Phone (866) 376-2463

Contact Name Dick Fortier
Department Maine Public Utilities Commission
Division State Energy Program
Address 242 State Street #18 SHS
Place Augusta, Maine
Zip/Postal Code 04333-0018
Phone (207) 287-3319


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Maine Executive Order 27 FY 11/12
Date Enacted 2011-12-08

Authority 2: 5 M.R.S. § 1764-A
Date Effective 2004-07-01

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"