Massachusetts has several green building programs targeted at state buildings. Executive Order 484 (2007) requires a reduction in overall energy consumption in state-owned and leased buildings (at which the state pays directly for energy) by 20% by fiscal year 2012 and 35% by 2020 (based on a fiscal year 2004 baseline). The executive order also states that all state agency new construction and major renovations over 20,000 sq. ft. must meet the MA LEED Plus green building standard and perform 20% better than the state energy code.
Governor Deval Patrick signed the Green Communities Act (S.B. 2768) on July 2, 2008. The law mandates that new buildings owned or operated by the state must minimize their life-cycle costs by using energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The State’s Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) project was awarded to EnerNOC in April 2010. The EEMS is the largest public sector undertaking to measure real-time energy use information at 17 million square feet of buildings, tracking and comparing building energy consumption across a third of the state’s building portfolio and enabling responses to energy anomalies on a real-time basis.
The state’s Green Communities Division has also developed and implemented MassEnergyInsight, a free, web-based tool that helps cities and towns make informed, targeted decisions about energy efficiency investments. MassEnergyInsight provides communities with customized electricity, natural gas, and oil usage information to allow local officials to understand where their departments and buildings are wasting energy and act to reduce that waste.
Massachusetts is a partner in the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC), a voluntary program which sets long range energy reduction targets for a select portfolio of buildings, requires the state to track and report detailed energy use at its facilities annually, and develop and document one or more showcase projects that demonstrate best practices and far-reaching energy strategies.
Announced in January 2013, the Accelerated Energy Program, a joint initiative of the Department of Energy Resources and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, is targeting a 25% reduction in energy, greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs at 58 million square feet of state buildings. By moving quickly to install energy efficient equipment and fixtures at smaller sites and developing comprehensive energy efficiency programs at larger campuses and buildings, the Commonwealth will, by the end of 2014, initiate efforts to improve energy performance at the vast majority of its buildings, enhance working conditions, ands significantly reduce energy and maintenance costs associated with the operations of its buildings.
Although not formally a requirement, as part of the efforts to push new building energy use far below code, the Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance recently broke ground on the state’s 2nd zero net energy designed building. This 45,000 square foot headquarters for the Division of Fish and Wildlife will include geothermal heating and cooling system, a 294 kW solar PV array, and energy efficient mechanical systems and building design, and will use 60% less energy than a similar building built to code.
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