State Building Energy Standards (South Carolina)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place South Carolina
Name State Building Energy Standards
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Institutional, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Central Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Doors, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Roofs, Water Heaters, Windows, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Goal Energy use reduction of 1% annually for five years beginning July 1, 2008; 20% energy use reduction relative to 2000 by July 1, 2020. Additionally, new construction or substantial renovation projects must be constructed to minimize energy and water use.

Requirement Prepare energy plans designating how energy use reductions will be achieved; report energy use annually; new construction or substantial renovation projects must be designed to achieve LEED Silver or receive two globes under the Green Globe rating system; other paths to compliance are available based on 30-year life cycle cost analysis.

Date added to DSIRE 2007-06-25
Last DSIRE Review 2012-06-18

References DSIRE[1]


In June 2007, South Carolina enacted legislation (the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007) to promote effective energy and environmental standards for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of buildings in the state; to improve the state's capacity to design, build and operate high-performance buildings; to create new jobs; and to increase the state's energy independence. In June 2008, the state enacted additional legislation, H.B. 4766, requiring state agencies and public school districts to develop energy conservation plans towards an ultimate goal of a 20% reduction in energy use by 2020.

Sustainable Building Construction All major facility projects in the state must be designed, constructed, and receive at least two globes using the Green Globes Rating System or receive the LEED Silver standard. All major facility projects in the state must be analyzed using a life-cycle cost analysis comparing the cost and benefits of designing, constructing, maintaining and operating the facility at the LEED Silver standard or two globes standard, or better, with certification; normal industry and regulatory standards as applicable; or some standard between the two that causes the project to be designed and constructed in a manner that achieves the lowest thirty-year life cycle cost.

The program does not apply to the following types of projects:

  • a building, regardless of size, that does not have conditioned space as defined by Standard 90.1 of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);
  • a public kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, junior high school, or high school;
  • a correctional facility constructed for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health, or Department of Juvenile Justice;
  • a building project funded by the South Carolina Ports Authority, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development, or the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank; or
  • a building project funded by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in which the primary purpose of the building project is for the storage of archived documents.
Energy Use Reduction Goals 

Under H.B. 4766, all state agencies and public school districts are required to submit energy conservation plans to the State Energy Office for all buildings in use as of July 1, 2008. The goal of the plans should be to reduce energy use by 1% annually for five years beginning July 1, 2008. The law also sets an ultimate goal of reducing energy use 20% by July 1, 2020, relative to 2000 levels. Agencies and districts are required to implement all energy saving improvements that are cost-effective over a five-year time horizon.

The energy reduction goals do not apply to buildings designed, constructed and maintained under the Sustainable Construction Act of 2007 (see above). Nor do they apply to buildings smaller than 10,000 square feet or buildings at institutions of higher education designed for athletics or research. In addition, the program only applies to state agencies that are subject to the state procurement code. Each agency and school district is required to submit annual reports detailing their programs and accomplishments to the State Energy Office, which will then compile these reports for the state legislature.

In 2009, South Carolina also enacted additional legislation (S.B. 268) requiring all agencies to perform an audit and implement any energy, water, or wastewater conservation measures that are determined to be cost effective. All agencies must comply by July 1, 2011.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Trish Jerman
Department South Carolina Energy Office
Division Energy Efficiency and Outreach
Address 1200 Senate Street
Address 2 408 Wade Hampton Building
Place Columbia, South Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 29201
Phone (803) 737-8025


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

Authority 1: S.C. Code § 48-52-10 et seq.
Date Enacted 2007-06-20

Authority 2: S.B. 268

  • 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)"