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State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) Program
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SEED is the State Energy Efficiency Design program. SEED was originally established in 1991 as a result of Oregon State law, ORS 276.900-915. This law directs state agencies to work with the Oregon Department of Energy (Energy) to ensure cost-effective energy conservation measures (ECMs) are included in new and renovated public buildings. It was revised in 2001 to require that all state facilities constructed on or after June 30, 2001 exceed the energy conservation provisions of the Oregon State building code by 20 percent or more.

SEED Information
It is the policy of the State of Oregon that facilities to be constructed or purchased by authorized state agencies be designed, constructed, renovated and operated so as to minimize the use of nonrenewable energy resources and to serve as models of energy efficiency.
- ORS 276.900

In addition, the 2007 Oregon Legislature passed HB2620 which requires that public entities spend 1.5% of the total contract price of a public improvement contract for new construction or major renovation of a public building on solar energy technology. For more information about this requirement and the rules, see our Web page .

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SEED Awards
The Oregon Department of Energy recognized three state building projects as models of energy efficiency and presented each with a special State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) award. The award ceremony was held May 13, 2008 in Salem.

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