Energy Efficiency Program for State Government Buildings (Kentucky)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Kentucky
Name Energy Efficiency Program for State Government Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

EquipmentProducts ENERGY STAR certified appliances

Goal New public buildings or major renovations must be designed to high performance building certification; the level of certification required depends on a life-cycle cost analysis.

Date added to DSIRE 2008-05-13
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-12

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation (HB 2) to improve the energy performance of all state-owned and state-leased buildings. The legislation requires that all construction or renovation of public buildings for which 50% or more of the total capital cost is paid by the state must be renovated or designed to meet high-performance building standards. In general, a high-performance building is defined as a public building that is designed, constructed and capable of being operated in a manner that:

  • Increases environmental performance and economic value over time
  • Safeguards the health of occupants
  • Enhances satisfaction and productivity of workers through energy-efficient systems
  • Incorporates environmentally friendly materials and products; and
  • Reduces waste
The High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee assisted the Finance and Administration Cabinet with setting out the standards and benchmarks by which to evaluate buildings. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is required for new buildings; the level of LEED certification depends on the project budget.  The committee will assist in the review of state building projects to ensure that building performance, including ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Green Globes rating are maximized to the extent economically feasible using a life-cycle cost analysis.  

This legislation also requires that all building leases for the state or any of its agencies meet ENERGY STAR high-performance building standards after July 1, 2018. Public buildings must purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products if life-cycle cost analysis determines they are cost-effective.

History Note: HB 2 was enrolled in 2008, and re-codified in 2010 by HB240. On February 7th 2005, the governor of Kentucky signed Executive Order 2005-122 establishing a Utility Savings Council. The Council was created in order to evaluate all state agencies’ energy costs and to make recommendations, such as energy savings performance contracting and improved energy management, with the goal of saving at least 10% in energy costs annually throughout the state government. The governor of Kentucky also announced that Kentucky joined the ENERGY STAR Challenge to improve the energy efficiency of state-owned buildings by 10%.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Dick Mink
Department Division of Facility Finance and Administration Cabinet
Division 403 Wapping Street
Address 2 Capitol Annex
Place Frankfort, Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code 40601
Phone (502) 564-5850
Phone 2 (502) 330-7094

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

Authority 1: KRS § 56.770 - 56.784 et seq.
Date Effective 2009-07-01
Date Enacted 2008-04-24

Authority 3: 200 KAR 6:070
Date Effective 2009-07-01

  • 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)"