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State Buildings Energy Reduction Plan

State Government
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Program Info
Program Type 
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

The Governor of Virginia signed Executive Order 82, "Greening of State Government" in June 2009 as part of the greater RENEW VIRGINIA Initiative. This Order builds upon [ Executive Order 48] “Energy Efficiency in State Government,” and sets out to reduce non-renewable energy purchases and increase overall energy savings. In addition to requiring that new buildings (>5,000 gross sq feet) and major renovations (where the cost greater than 50% of building value) be built to LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes Standards, agencies and institutions are instructed to purchase or lease Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment, if Energy Star is available for the category of equipment/appliance.

In addition, the order instructs the Commonwealth to encourage the private sector to adopt energy-efficient building standards by giving preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes standards.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is responsible for providing technical support to agencies to achieve the goals. The latest information is available at the [ DMME website].