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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Energy Standards for State Agencies   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/28/2014
Program Overview:
State: Alabama
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Goal:10% energy reduction in all conditioned facilities by FY 2008, 20% by FY 2010, 30% by FY2015 (as compared to 2005 levels)
Equipment/Products:All new or replacement equipment must be Energy Star certified when cost effective
Requirement:New buildings must comply with 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 International Building Code, 2009 International Plumbing Code, 2009 International Mechanical Code, 2009 International Fuel Gas Code, 2009 International Fire Code, 2011 National Electric Code, and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Executive Order 33
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Executive Order 25

In May 2006 the governor of Alabama issued Executive Order 33 mandating that state departments and agencies encourage and promote the conservation of energy in state-owned buildings. In November 2011, the governor of Alabama issued Executive Order 25 extending the energy standards for state agencies end  goal from Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2015. The initiative aims to reduce energy consumption by 10% in all conditioned, state-owned facilities by the end of Fiscal Year 2008, 20% by Fiscal Year 2010, and 30% by Fiscal Year 2015 (as compared to 2005 levels).

State departments and agencies are encouraged to employ the latest energy-conservation practices in the design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of state facilities. All state agencies must implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager database tool to measure and report energy efficiency. All agencies must have one primary and one secondary staff member trained on the Portfolio Manager data maintenance and reporting. Data must be updated regularly to compile with quarterly reports required from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Energy Division to the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department of Finance and Energy Division of ADECA are authorized and directed to provide technical assistance in implementing cost effective energy efficiency practices as needed state departments and agencies. The ADECA Energy Division will provide training to departments and agencies in the use of Portfolio Manager software.

In December 2008, the Building Commission adopted the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as the standard for new public buildings. When replacing or purchasing new equipment, agencies must purchase Energy Star equipment when cost effective. State departments and agencies must also designate an energy officer with the authority to study, investigate and recommend potential energy saving procedures within the agency. At the end of each fiscal year, the energy officer for each state agency must submit a progress report on meeting the directives to the ADECA Energy Division, which will submit a consolidated report to the Department of Finance and the governor’s office.

In December 2008, the Building Commission adopted the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as the standard for new public buildings. In September 2010, the Building Commission adopted the 2009 International Building Code. More information on Building Codes for Alabama can be found on the Building Commission's web site.

  Ray Lockhart
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Energy Division
P.O. Box 5690
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36103-5690
Phone: (334) 353-7556
Fax: (334) 242-0552
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