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Energy Efficient State Building Initiative   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: Indiana
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Requirement:New state buildings must meet LEED Silver certification standard, a two-globe rating under the Green Globe rating system, Energy Star certification, or another nationally recognized rating system
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Executive Order 08-14

In June 2008, Governor Mitch Daniels issued an executive order establishing an energy efficient state buildings initiative. The order requires the Indiana Department of Administration (DOA) to develop design standards for all new state buildings which require a cost-effectiveness analysis of the building with a goal of achieving energy efficiency. These rules apply to all state agencies, departments, boards, offices, commissions, and public universities. The DOA has incorporated the requirements of the executive order into Indiana's standard instructions to designers for projects on state-owned buildings. Efficiency can be demonstrated through adherence to any of the following standards:

  • A rating of Silver on the USGBC LEED rating system
  • A two-globe rating on the Green Building Institute Green Globe rating system
  • An EPA Energy Star building rating
  • An equivalent rating under a system accredited under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

The order also requires that renovations or repairs of existing buildings achieve the maximum efficiency level that is cost-effective based on an analysis of construction and operating costs over the life-cycle of the building. Renovations are likewise meant to be carried out with green building guidelines in mind. The design standards were last revised in June 2014.

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Department of Administration
Indiana Government Center South
402 W. Washington St., Room W-478
Indianapolis , IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-3150
Fax: (317) 232-3153
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