South Dakota law requires that any new construction or renovation of a state building which has HVAC must meet or exceed a high-performance green buildling standard.

State government uses LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as its standard.  LEED is a rating system developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using green building principles.  State building projects must earn at least a LEED Silver rating.

There are two LEED registered projects on the Capitol campus.  The MacKay Building renovation project earned LEED Silver certification in June, 2010.  The Dolly-Reed Plaza renovation project was completed in the fall of 2012 and has been submitted to the Green Building Certification Insitute for certification.

More information about state government's green buildings statewide is available in the State Engineer's High Performance Green Building report for 2013.

South Dakota's green building laws are §5-14-33 through §5-14-38 and administrative rules outline the green building certification procedures.

The Bureau of Administration and the Office of the State Engineer have staff accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute to help ensure State building projects meet green building standards.