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State
In effect
Massachusetts School Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Policy
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Massachusetts School Building Authority updated its Sustainable Building Design Policy, stipulating the LEED for Schools v4 will be the only acceptable sustainability standard for new school construction. Public schools that earn LEED v.4 certification are eligible for additional project funding.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Municipal Code, Article 22, Ordinance 1412
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the Cambridge City Council enacted Ordinance 1412, requiring construction projects exceeding 25,000 square feet that require a special permit from the Planning Board to meet LEED certification guidelines. Projects between 25,000-49,999 square feet must demonstrate adherence to LEED Silver guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. Projects 50,000 square feet and larger must adhere to the LEED Gold guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. To prove compliance, applicants must submit a completed LEED project checklist with an affidavit provided by a LEED AP, or another consultant.
City/Town
In effect
Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 282, Section 8
Ashland, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Ashland City Council adopted a policy requiring new buildings constructed in the Pond Street Mixed Use Overlay District to achieve ENERGY Star certification. LEED certification may be used as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Lexington Municipal Code Chapter 175, Part III, Article XV, Section 175-81
Lexington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Lexington enacted a policy requiring all building permit applications submitted to the City Planning Board to include a LEED for Core & Shell scorecard - or a city-approved alternative rating system scorecard - when applying for major site plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Melrose Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Section 71.1, Ordinance 08-128
Melrose, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Melrose City Council adopted Ordinance 08-128, requiring new construction and renovation projects within a smart growth district to incorporate sustainable design practices in accordance with ENERGY Star. The ordinance also encourages projects to earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings, Executive Order 484
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Massachussetts issued Executive Order 484, instructing state agencies involved in the construction and major renovation projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Executive Order Relative to Climate Action in Boston
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Boston issued an Executive Order requiring all new municipal construction and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification and exceed baseline energy performance by a certain percentage.
City/Town
In effect
Boston Zoning Code, Article 37
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Boston enacted a policy requiring that all large public and private projects subject to Section 80B of the Zoning Code to earn LEED certification. The policy directs the City to deny permits and certificates of occupancy to noncompliant projects. All projects, regardless of size, are required to submit a LEED checklist to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
City/Town
Elapsed
Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan
Barnstable, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Barnstable Planning Board adopted the Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan, which applies to new development and redevelopment in the Hyannis Village Zoning Districts. Buildings, renovations, and additions which are LEED Bronze certified or higher are encouraged and such development may be granted a reduction from certain impact fees.
City/Town
In effect
Medford Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, Policy 2005-02
Medford, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Medford adopted an Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, requiring all new municipal construction seek to meet LEED standards or follow green building design practices.
City/Town
In effect
Somerville Municipal Code, Section 6.4-6.5
Somerville, MA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Somerville City Council adopted Ordinance 2004-04, requiring projects located in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District to submit LEED checklists, and encouraging LEED certification. In 2009, the policy was amended by Ordinance 2009-03 to add LEED incentives. LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for a floor area ratio increase (FAR) and a height bonus. LEED Gold projects within Transit Oriented District 70 and 100 are eligible for a 0.5 FAR increase; LEED Gold developments in Transit Oriented District 135 may receive a 1.0 FAR increase; and LEED Gold projects in all three districts may receive a 15 feet height bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Acton Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.5B.2.2.d
Acton, MA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Town of Acton adopted Zoning Bylaw Section 5.5B.2.2.d, granting building projects located in the East Acton Village District that earn LEED certification a floor area ratio bonus of 0.05.
City/Town
In effect
Arlington Bylaws, Title 1, Article 16, Section 4
Arlington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Town of Arlington enacted a bylaw requiring all new town buildings, major renovation projects, and additions to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Green Building Requirements, Cambridge Zoning Ordinance, Article 22
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cambridge enacted a policy requiring new developments between 25,000-50,000 square feet are designed to meet LEED Silver certification, and projects exceeding 50,000 feet to meet LEED Gold certification. Developments subject to the Green Building Requirements must also implement an enhanced commissioning program and must submit an advisory “Net Zero Narrative” at the preliminary and final stage of review, reporting on initial and future projections for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and discussing how the project aligns with the City’s Net Zero Action Plan.
City/Town
In effect
Watertown Municipal Code, Title Xv, Article IX, Section 9.3
Watertown, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the Watertown Town Council approved an amendment to the town's Zoning Ordinance, requiring new commercial, mixed-use, and industrial projects meet the requirements of LEED Silver certification. Certification with USGBC is not required.
City/Town
In effect
Salem Municipal Code, Chapter 12, Article V, Section 12.251
Salem, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2022, the Salem City Council enacted a policy requiring city-owned or leased new construction or major renovations 5,000 square feet or greater, and city-owned or leased major renovations 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification.