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.
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.
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 energy conservation measures, 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.