Map Of States With LEED Certification Requirements

This is a follow up to Tuesday’s blog post talking about why some states have banned the use of LEED certification on stat-funded construction projects. In the map below, the green states are ones that require LEED certification or certification from an equivalent green rating system for some or all of their new construction or renovation projects. The states in red are ones that have either passed legislation or where the governor has issued an executive order that essentially bans the use of LEED certification on state-funded projects. Many of the other states encourage or incentive the use of LEED on public projects but it isn’t required so they were left out.


Alabama – LEED banned. Executive Order 39 issued last April states the “design and construction of any new or expanded state building that incorporates “green building” standards must give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured, and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the American Tree Farm System, and the Forest Stewardship Council, any other credible forest certification program and must treat wood products fairly when compared with non-renewable materials.”

SB 152 introduced on Jan 14, 2014 would prohibit any green building standard from being used on new construction and renovations that does not give certification credits equally to all forest certification standards. This was postponed indefinitely on April 1, 2014.

Alaska – None

Arizona – State-funded buildings must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher according to Executive Order 2005-05 on all new buildings after February 11, 2005.

Arkansas – The Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act (Act 1770) took effect on July 1, 2005 and encourages all state agencies to use LEED or Green Globes whenever possible on public building projects.

California – Executive Order S-20-04 requires LEED Silver certification or higher on all renovations and new construction that is state-funded.

Colorado – Requires all new construction, additions and renovations that are funded with 25% of state funds achieve the highest possible LEED certification.

Connecticut – Requires that all new construction both public and private costing over $5 million and renovations costing over $2 million achieve LEED Silver certification or its equivalent.

Delaware – None

District of Columbia – LEED certification is required on both public and private projects.

Florida – Executive Order 07-126 required that the Department of Management Services adopt LEED standards for all new buildings with a goal of LEED Platinum for all new buildings constructed by or for the state.

HB 7135 of 2008 stated that buildings constructed and financed by the state be designed to meet LEED, Green Globes, Florida Green Building Coalition standards or a nationally recognized green building rating system.

HB 269 of 2013 states green building rating systems should be selected on a project by project basis and removes mandate that a single green building code be adopted for all public projects.

Georgia – LEED banned.Executive Order signed on August 10, 2012 states that only green building standards that give certification credits equally to forest products certified under the Sustainable Forest Initiative, American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council be used.

Hawaii – Requires all state and county funded facilities be designed and constructed to LEED Silver, Green Globes or equivalent approved by the state.

Idaho – None

Illinois – New state-funded construction and major renovations are required to seek LEED, Green Globes or an equivalent.

Indiana – Executive Order from June 24, 2008 requires LEED Silver, two-globes from Green Globes, EPA Energy Star building rating, or equivalent rating system accredited under ANSI must be achieved on new construction for state buildings.

Iowa – None

Kansas – None

Kentucky – LEED is required on all state-funded new construction and renovation where 50% of money comes from the state. Buildings that cost over $25 million must be LEED Silver or higher and projects between $5 million and $25 million must LEED Certified or higher. Anything over $5 million must also achieve at least seven points under the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance for LEED 2009. Any project that is $600,000 to $5 million must use the LEED rating system to guide design and construction.

Louisiana – None

Maine – LEED banned.An Executive Order from November 24, 2003 stated that any new or expanded state building incorporate the standards of LEED. An Executive Order from December 8, 2011 changed this to any green building standard that gives equal credit for forest products certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, American Tree Farm System and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems.

Maryland – State-funded projects for new construction or major renovation over 7,500 square feet must be LEED Silver, two globes from Green Globes or equivalent. A new law changes the definition of high performance building to  any building that complies “with a nationally recognized and accepted Green Building Code, Guideline, or Standard reviewed and recommended by the Maryland Green Building Council and approved by the Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services.” This was prompted by changes with LEED v4 doesn’t quite mesh with the state’s idea of high performance buildings. Maryland adopted the International Green Construction Code back in 2011.

Massachusetts – Requires all new construction and major renovations for state projects over 20,000 square feet meet the Massachusetts LEED Plus building standard.

Michigan – An Executive Directive requires that all state-supported capital outlay projects over $1 million must be designed and constructed in accordance with LEED.

Minnesota – None

Mississippi – LEED banned. Allows for using a high performance building rating system however a “rating system that uses a material or product-based credit system which is disadvantageous to materials or products manufactured or produced in Mississippi shall not be utilized. Additionally, such rating systems shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System.” HB 488 approved March 20, 2013

Missouri – None

Montana – All state projects budgeted over $5 million shall achieve LEED Silver, two globes from Green Globes or equivalent.

Nebraska – None

Nevada – All state-funded projects have to be LEED Certified or equivalent. Nevada was the second state after Washington to require LEED on all buildings.

New Hampshire – None

New Jersey – Requires LEED Silver, two globes from Green Globes or equivalent on new state buildings larger than 15,000 square feet.

New Mexico – LEED Silver required for new construction of state buildings over 15,000 square feet and/or using over 50kW peak electrical demand. The same goes for renovations that meet the above and includes replacements or upgrades to two or more of the following systems; HVAC, lighting and plumbing.

New York – None

North Carolina – Per HB 628 projects can use any rating system that  “(i) provides certification credits for, (ii) provides a preference to be given to, (iii) does not disadvantage, and (iv) promotes building materials or furnishings, including masonry, concrete, steel, textiles, or wood that are manufactured or produced within the State”. Previous language in the bill would have essentially prohibited LEED from being used.

North Dakota – None

Ohio – All public school construction for grades K-12 funded by the state must achieve LEED Silver or higher. In February the Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 which states “the LEED v4 green building rating system no longer be used by Ohio’s state agencies and government entities until the USGBC conforms its system development to the ANSI voluntary consensus standard procedures” The resolution is currently sitting in the House’s Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee with hearings expected in the Fall.

Oklahoma – All projects new construction and substantial renovations over 10,000 square feet must meet LEED or Green Globes certification requirements.

Oregon – None

Pennsylvania – LEED Silver required for new construction projects for the Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Dept. of Conservations & Natural Resources.

Rhode Island – State projects over 5,000 square feet for new construction and 10,000 square feet for renovations are required to achieve LEED, Green Globes or equivalent certification.

South Carolina – All major state facility projects must achieve LEED Silver, two globes under Green Globes or equivalent certification. H3592 was signed into law on April 7, 2014 and prohibits projects from seeking a rating credit or point for building product disclosure and optimization credit that requires material ingredient reporting. This means points for LEED v4 credits for building product disclosure and optimization – material ingredients cannot be pursued.

South Dakota – New construction and renovation projects for the state over $500,000 or greater than 5,000 square feet must achieve LEED Silver, two globes under Green Globes or equivalent certification.

Tennessee – None

Texas – None

Utah – All new state construction is required to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Vermont – None

Virginia – New construction projects over 5,000 square feet and major renovations where the cost exceeds 50% of the building value have to achieve LEED Silver or two globes under Green Globes.

Washington – All public buildings that are over 5,000 square feet must achieve LEED Silver certification or equivalent. Washington was the first state to require LEED.

West Virginia – None

Wisconsin – None

Wyoming – None

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