High Performance Schools Policy (New Jersey)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New Jersey
Name High Performance Schools Policy
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Schools
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, Bio-gas
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement Incorporate LEED guidelines into new school construction; certification and a minimum score of 29 points on LEED for Schools rating system required.

Website http://www.njsda.gov/GI/FAQ.html#GC
Date added to DSIRE 2006-08-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-04-13
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In July 2002, New Jersey’s governor signed Executive Order No. 24 requiring all new school designs to incorporate LEED Version 2.0 guidelines in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in school facilities.

The Executive Order also requires that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority establish a subsidiary corporation, The New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation (SCC), to be responsible for the school facilities project and the state’s compliance with the new order. The SCC was subsequently replaced by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) in 2007. The SDA mandates that all projects meet all LEED prerequisites and achieve sufficient criteria to score at least 29 points on the LEED for Schools rating scale, wherever possible. As originally designed, the policy did not require actual LEED certification due to the extra costs and time involved and in its June 2008 biannual report the SDA estimated that approximately 80% of the 70 projects that had taken place since Executive Order No. 24 would have achieved LEED certification had they submitted the necessary application forms. However, the SDA's December 2009 biannual report indicates that it will now require projects begun after the adoption of the 21st Century Schools Design Manual to receive certification under LEED for Schools Version 3.0.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - SDA
Department New Jersey Schools Development Authority
Address 1 West State Street
Address 2 P.O. Box 991
Place Trenton, New Jersey
Zip/Postal Code 08625-0991
Phone (609) 943-5955

Email schools@njsda.gov
Website http://www.njsda.gov/index.asp

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

Authority 1: NJ Executive Order No. 24 (2002)
Date Enacted 2002-07-29

  • 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)"