Energy Efficiency Policies and Practices in South Dakota

Residential and Commercial Sectors

Residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the country.  These buildings where we live and work are affected by policies that provide minimum construction standards that reduce energy waste, provide financing options to help pay for energy upgrades, promote advancing energy efficiency through high-performance buildings that go beyond minimum requirements and techniques for taking advantage of the latest technologies in energy monitoring and control, and that ensure that as buildings become tighter that the health and safety of occupants are maintained.

Building Energy Codes in South Dakota

Code Level

Residential Energy Code

None statewide.

2009 IECC (effective 6/1/2011) VOLUNTARY

South Dakota Residential Energy Conservation Standard

Commercial Energy Code

None statewide.


Authorized by Statute. 2011 SB 94 adopted the 2009 IECC as a voluntary residential building code (SDCL 11-10-7). It applies only to jurisdictions that choose to adopt it.

Oversight – The State Fire Marshall at the Department of Public Safety is responsible for oversight and enforcement of fire and safety codes. If a statewide energy code were adopted it is possible that oversight would fall under that office or department.

Code change process – Legislative. Code changes must be implemented by legislation.

Code change cycle –  There is no set cycle for changes or adoption.


Enforcement Any local jurisdiction that adopts an energy code is responsible for enforcing their own code.

Implementation/Compliance Studies – The Building Code Assistance Project has analyzed the impact of and made recommendations on how South Dakota could achieve code compliance, but no efforts are currently underway to implement a mandatory statewide code.

► Overview of building energy codes in the Midwest

Home Performance

In addition to building energy codes, states and utilities are often looking for ways to take buildings "beyond code" and achieve higher levels of energy savings. Home performance programs are becoming widespread in the region and offer a good best-practices example of a next step beyond baseline building energy code for states and utilities that are interested in achieving additional energy savings in residential buildings.

Summary of Home Peformance Programs in South Dakota
  Administrator Program Audit Fee Maximum Customer Benefit
South Dakota South Dakota has not yet implemented any Home Performance programs.

► Overview of home performance programs in the Midwest


Read the report that accompanies these pages:
Energy Efficiency Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Midwest:
A Resource Guide for Policymakers (2014 Edition)

►more information about the Resource Guide