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§ 143‑64.12.  Authorityand duties of the Department; State agencies and State institutions of higherlearning.

(a)        The Department ofCommerce through the State Energy Office shall develop a comprehensive programto manage energy, water, and other utility use for State agencies and Stateinstitutions of higher learning and shall update this program annually. EachState agency and State institution of higher learning shall develop andimplement a management plan that is consistent with the State's comprehensiveprogram under this subsection to manage energy, water, and other utility use.The energy consumption per gross square foot for all State buildings in totalshall be reduced by twenty percent (20%) by 2010 and thirty percent (30%) by2015 based on energy consumption for the 2002‑2003 fiscal year. EachState agency and State institution of higher learning shall update itsmanagement plan annually and include strategies for supporting the energyconsumption reduction requirements under this subsection. Each communitycollege shall submit to the State Energy Office an annual written report ofutility consumption and costs.

(a1)      State agencies andState institutions of higher learning shall carry out the construction andrenovation of facilities in such a manner as to further the policy set forthunder this section and to ensure the use of life‑cycle cost analyses andpractices to conserve energy, water, and other utilities.

(b)        The Department ofAdministration shall develop and implement policies, procedures, and standardsto ensure that State purchasing practices improve efficiency regarding energy,water, and other utility use and take the cost of the product over the economiclife of the product into consideration. The Department of Administration shalladopt and implement Building Energy Design Guidelines. These guidelines shallinclude energy‑use goals and standards, economic assumptions for life‑cyclecost analysis, and other criteria on building systems and technologies. TheDepartment of Administration shall modify the design criteria for constructionand renovation of facilities of State buildings and State institutions ofhigher learning buildings to require that a life‑cycle cost analysis beconducted pursuant to G.S. 143‑64.15.

(b1)      The Department ofAdministration, as part of the Facilities Condition and Assessment Program,shall identify and recommend energy conservation maintenance and operatingprocedures that are designed to reduce energy consumption within the facilityof a State agency or a State institution of higher learning and that require nosignificant expenditure of funds. Every State agency or State institution ofhigher learning shall implement these recommendations. Where energy managementequipment is proposed for any facility of a State agency or of a Stateinstitution of higher learning, the maximum interchangeability andcompatibility of equipment components shall be required. As part of theFacilities Condition and Assessment Program under this section, the Departmentof Administration shall develop an energy audit and a procedure for conductingenergy audits. Every five years the Department shall conduct an energy auditfor each State agency or State institution of higher learning.

(c) through (g) Repealed bySession Laws 1993, c. 334, s. 4.

(h)        When conducting anenergy audit under this section, the Department of Administration shallidentify and recommend any facility of a State agency or State institution ofhigher learning as suitable for building commissioning to reduce energy consumptionwithin the facility or as suitable for installing an energy savings measurepursuant to a guaranteed energy savings contract under Part 2 of this Article.

(i)         Consistent withG.S. 150B‑2(8a)h., the Department of Administration may adopt architecturaland engineering standards to implement this section.  (1975, c. 434, s. 3; 1993,c. 334, s. 4; 2000‑140, s. 76(f); 2001‑415, s. 3; 2006‑190,s. 12; 2007‑546, s. 3.1(a); 2008‑198, s. 11.1; 2009‑446, s.1(e).)