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South Dakota

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/20/2013
Program Overview:
State: South Dakota
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, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Requirement:New construction and renovations of state-owned buildings must achieve at least LEED Silver certification, a two-globe rating on the Green Globes scale, or a comparable rating under an accredited sustainable building certification program
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Date Enacted:
SDCL ยง 5-14-32 et seq.

In March 2008, South Dakota enacted legislation mandating the use of high-performance building standards in new state construction and renovations. This policy requires that new and renovated state buildings achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating under the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globe rating system, or a comparable numeric rating from another accredited sustainable building certification program. The law applies to all new construction projects and renovations by state agencies, departments, or institutions that cost more than $500,000 or include more than 5,000 square feet of space. The standard only applies to buildings with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The Office of the State Engineer may issue a waiver to this requirement if:

  • The building will have minimal human occupancy;
  • The increased capital cost will not be recouped within 15 years from decreased operational costs;
  • The standard would conflict with existing historic properties laws;
  • The square footage of a renovation project is less than 50% of the total square footage of the building; or
  • The South Dakota Bureau of Administration (BOA) determines that the standard is impractical for a given project.

The BOA must adopt rules for determining compliance and issuing waivers under the standard. Any waivers issued by the BOA must be reported annually to the state legislature.

  Michele Farris
Office of the State Engineer
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3466
Phone 2: (605) 773-5980
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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