High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings (South Dakota)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place South Dakota
Name High-Performance Building Requirements 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
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement New construction and renovations of state-owned buildings must achieve at least LEED Silver certification, a two-globe rating on the Green Globes scale, or a comparable rating under an accredited sustainable building certification program

Website http://www.state.sd.us/boa
Date added to DSIRE 2008-07-18
Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-20

References DSIRE[1]


In March 2008, South Dakota enacted legislation mandating the use of high-performance building standards in new state construction and renovations. This policy requires that new and renovated state buildings achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating under the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globe rating system, or a comparable numeric rating from another accredited sustainable building certification program. The law applies to all new construction projects and renovations by state agencies, departments, or institutions that cost more than $500,000 or include more than 5,000 square feet of space. The standard only applies to buildings with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The Office of the State Engineer may issue a waiver to this requirement if:

  • The building will have minimal human occupancy;
  • The increased capital cost will not be recouped within 15 years from decreased operational costs;
  • The standard would conflict with existing historic properties laws;
  • The square footage of a renovation project is less than 50% of the total square footage of the building; or
  • The South Dakota Bureau of Administration (BOA) determines that the standard is impractical for a given project.

The BOA must adopt rules for determining compliance and issuing waivers under the standard. Any waivers issued by the BOA must be reported annually to the state legislature.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Michele Farris
Department Office of the State Engineer
Address 523 E. Capitol Avenue
Place Pierre, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57501
Phone (605) 773-3899
Phone 2 (605) 773-5980
Email michele.farris@state.sd.us
Website http://www.state.sd.us/boa/ose

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

Authority 1: SDCL § 5-14-32 et seq.
Date Enacted 2008-03-17

  • 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)"