Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards for State Buildings (Wisconsin)

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Place Wisconsin
Name Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards for State Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Unspecified technologies, Bio-gas
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

EquipmentProducts 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.

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

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

Date added to DSIRE 2006-08-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-30

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Cheryl Rezabek
Department State of Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division Division of State Facilities
Address 101 E. Wilson St.
Address 2 PO Box 7866
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53702-7866
Phone (608) 261-7754
Phone 2 (608) 266-2731

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

Authority 1: S.B. 459
Date Effective 2006-04-01
Date Enacted 2006-03-17

Authority 2: Executive Order No. 145
Date Enacted 2006-04-11

Authority 3: Wis. Stat. § 101.027
Date Enacted 2006-03-17

Authority 4: Executive Order No. 63
Date Enacted 2012-03-09

  • 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)"