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Last Updated May 13, 2015

Program Overview


Regulatory Policy



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Energy Standards for Public Buildings



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In December 2004, Governor Ed Rendell signed Executive Order 2004-12, which made a number of energy efficiency related requirements for state facilities. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) is generally responsible for administering the state's energy management and conservation policies as a centralized coordinator. Consistent with this role, the DGS has responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Work with state agencies to develop energy conservation methods for new construction and building renovations, including green building practices
  • Implement programs to train personnel in life-cycle cost analysis and apply it to state projects
  • Develop and implement standard procedures for state Energy Service Company (ESCO) projects
  • Develop procedures for energy use reduction in state-leased facilities
  • Procure Energy Star or other energy efficiency products when it is economical and consistent with life-cycle cost analysis

The order also contains an extensive list of behavioral and equipment improvements that should be implemented by all state executive agencies. The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) is directed to provide assistance and advice to the DGS and other executive agencies in implementing the energy conservation requirements of the order.

The 2004 initiative reportedly reduced energy consumption in state buildings by 10% annually during 2006. In June 2008 Governor Rendell directed the DGS to implement further energy efficiency measures with a goal of achieving an additional 10% reduction in energy use in state buildings by 2010. The new directive called for compact fluorescent lighting to replace all incandescent lighting; lighting in the Capitol Complex to incorporate occupancy sensors; peak shedding and smart metering strategies to be deployed in state-owned buildings; and office thermostat settings to be increased from 74 degrees to 75 degrees in state buildings during the summer. Revised Management Directive No. 720.5 issued in July 2008 provides further details on the state's energy efficiency policy for state buildings. Although it appears that a renewed energy conservation target for state buildings has not been set, the 2004 Executive Order and 2008 Management Directive remain in effect.