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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Energy Conservation in Public Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Schools, Construction, State Government
Goal:Greenhouse gas emissions reduction target includes a 10% reduction from 2007 levels by 2012, a 25% reduction by 2017, and a 40% reduction by 2025.
Requirement:Install solar technologies and energy efficiency measures when determined to be economically feasible.
The Department of Management Services must build new buildings to LEED standards.
Departments may only enter into new leasing agreements for office space if the building meets Energy Star building standards.
New educational facilities must include passive solar features.
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H.B. 7135
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Fla. Stat. § 255.2575
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S 1594
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Fla. Stat. § 255.251 et seq.
1974 (subsequently amended)
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Fla. Stat. § 1013.44
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Executive Order 07-126
The Florida Energy Conservation and Sustainable Buildings Act requires the use of energy-efficient equipment and design, and solar energy devices for heating and cooling state buildings where life-cycle cost analysis determines that solar-energy systems will be cost-effective over the life of the building. Florida law also requires that all new educational facilities include passive solar design. Florida mandates that schools with hot water demands exceeding 1,000 gallons per day must include a solar water heating system that provides at least 65% of hot water needs whenever economically feasible.

In June 2008, Florida enacted legislation (HB 7135) mandating that buildings constructed and financed by the state must comply with the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes rating system, the Florida Green Building Coalition standards, or a nationally recognized, high-performance green building rating system. To achieve this mandate, the Department of Management Services was directed to adopt the LEED standards for New Construction (LEED-NC) for all new buildings, and to strive for Platinum certification. The Department of Management Services must also renovate all existing buildings they own and operate on behalf of client agencies to earn certification under LEED for Existing Buildings (EB). The state generally may not enter into new leasing agreements for office space that does not meet Energy Star building standards. The bill also requires agencies to perform a life-cycle cost analysis for all their buildings, to develop the Florida Climate Friendly Preferred Products List (from which agencies must choose appliances), and to contract meeting and conference space with "Green Lodging" designated facilities.
Executive Order 07-126, signed in July 2007, established requirements and goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions across all state agencies and departments under the direction of the governor, and to increase the energy efficiency of state buildings. The greenhouse gas emissions reduction target includes a 10% reduction from 2007 levels by 2012, a 25% reduction by 2017, and a 40% reduction by 2025.

In 2010, Florida Statute § 255.2575 declared that all county, municipal, school district, water management district, state university, community college, and Florida state court buildings shall be constructed to comply with a sustainable building rating system or a national model green building code. This statute is applicable to all architectural plans which are commenced after July 1, 2008.
Florida Statute § 255.2575 also defines workforce training program through the St. Petersburg College, and other Florida community colleges. This curriculum is intended to ensure that green building rating system certifying agents (accredited professionals who possess a knowledge and understanding of green building processes, practices, and principles) are available to carry out Statute 255.2575 building requirements.

In July of 2013, SB 1594 empowered municipalities, schools districts, higher education institutions, and community colleges to enter into performance-based contracts for energy management systems, various enegy conservation meansures, and renewable energy generation aimed at reducing electric consumption. These contracts must undergo investment-grade audits and must have a payback period of 20 years or less.

  Information Specialist
Department of Management Services
4050 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950
Phone: (850) 488-2786
Phone 2: (850) 488-8403
Fax: (850) 922-6149
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