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City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Supporting A Sustainable Buildings Policy For Buildings Owned And Occupied By The Borough, Resolution 07-137
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly adopted Resolution 2007-137, requiring all new construction and additions of 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification, targeting LEED Gold or Platinum as feasible. Projects of smaller size are encouraged to incorporate LEED to the greatest extent practicable, further encouraging the use of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance as a guide for sustainable operation of borough buildings.
City/Town
Repealed
Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 23.05, Ordinance 93
Anchorage, AK
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Anchorage Assembly adopted Ordinance 2008-93, requiring all new municipal buildings - including private construction for municipal leasing or renting - and major renovation of municipal buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the code was amended to increase the minimum required certification level to LEED Silver. The ordinance also required all Anchorage public schools exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize certification, building permitting fees for public and private projects were refunded: 10% for projects that earned LEED certification, 15% for projects that earned LEED Silver, 22.5% for projects that earned LEED Gold, and 35% for projects that earned LEED Platinum. The ordinance was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 2011-4(S-1).
City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Establishing an Energy Efficient Building Policy for the City of Fayetteville, Resolution 176-07
Fayetteville, AR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Fayetteville City Council adopted Resolution 176-07, requiring that all new city-owned facilities greater than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires new construction exempt from the policy to submit a LEED checklist with a permit application, with an emphasis on pursuing energy and water efficiency credits.
City/Town
In effect
Mesa Municipal Code, Title 11, Article 3, Chapter 21
Mesa, AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
Projects seeking a permit in Mesa's Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) Overlay District must comply with a combination of criteria, including by earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 20322
Tucson, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Tucson passed Resolution 20322, requiring construction or major additions and renovations of municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The Resolution encourages projects to achieve a higher certification level when resources and conditions permit.
County
In effect
Resolution 2007-84
Pima County, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2007-84, requiring all new county-occupied and -funded buildings, including additions over 5,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires all LEED-certified buildings to be maintained under the LEED for Existing Buildings ratings system, with the intention to apply the same standard to all existing facilities.
City/Town
In effect
City of Chandler Green Building Program, Resolution 4199
Chandler, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Chandler City Council adopted Resolution #4199, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires renovations of municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines. Moreover, private projects that register with the intent to earn LEED Silver certification are granted expedited plan review and certification fee reimbursements. LEED and LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for a 50% fee reimbursement, and LEED Gold and LEED Platinum-certified projects are eligible for a 100% fee reimbursement. The City notes certified projects on the Chandler Green Building Program Participant list and through signage.
State
In effect
Implementing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in New State Buildings, Executive Order 2005-05
AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Arizona issued Executive Order #2005-05, requiring all state-funded buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
City of Phoenix Building Standards
Phoenix, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Phoenix City Council updated its Building Standards and Review Process, adding a requirement that all new municipal buildings built with 2006 bond funds earn LEED certification. In 2006, the Building Standards were revised to include additional efficiency measures, including supplemental requirements to LEED certification and requiring a LEED AP to be included on the design team.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2136
Manhattan Beach, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 2136, designating LEED as the standard against which a project is measured as a green building. Applicable projects are required to submit a LEED checklist and supporting documentation indicating points meeting a minimum LEED Silver level incorporated into documentation for a building permit. Projects 10,000 square feet or larger of new gross square footage or more than 50% renovation are required to earn LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 3-0027 in 2013.
City/Town
Amended
Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Program, Ordinance 180636
Los Angeles, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 8, 2009, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Ordinance 180636, creating the Green Retrofit and Workforce Program to support the retrofitting of all public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet or constructed prior to 1978, with the goal of meeting LEED Silver for Existing Buildings standards. The program prioritizes facilities posing substantial health and safety risks or located in areas of significant poverty and unemployment. This policy was amended on September 18, 2012.
City/Town
In effect
Richmond Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 6.45, Ordinance 34-07
Richmond, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Richmond City Council adopted Ordinance 34-07, requiring all municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and buildings funded with a least $300,000 in municipal funds to pursue green building practices. Projects in excess of $3 million are required to earn certification. All covered commercial projects are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also commits the city to promoting the adoption of green building practices to private developers through resources and incentives.
City/Town
Amended
San Diego Sustainable Building Policy
San Diego, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the San Diego City Council updated Council Policy 900-14 (originally passed in November of 1997 and updated in June of 2001), adding a requirement that all new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.142
Milpitas, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, City of Milpitas adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring new City construction or renovations in buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new residential construction with five or more units to earn LEED for Homes certification, and non-residential construction projects between 25,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and non-residential construction or renovations larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and non-residential buildings are granted priority plan review to incentivize exceeding the requirements.
County
Repealed
Marin County Building Code, Ordinance 3533
Marin County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Marin County Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 3533, requiring new commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and requiring projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Projects under 5,000 square feet must submit a LEED checklist and comply with prerequisite credits. Commercial renovations valued at less than $500,000 or between 500-4,999 square feet are encouraged to abide by certain voluntary green building practices. Commercial renovations valued between $500,000-$5 million or between 5,000-24,999 square feet are required to comply with the same specified green building practices. Commercial projects valued greater than $5 million or exceeding 25,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 3326
Monte Sereno, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Monte Sereno City Council adopted Resolution 3326, requiring all new or renovated public buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and to complete a green checklist for all new commercial and residential development applications. The resolution also established LEED and Green Point as the city's standards for green building practices. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 05-103
Santa Clarita, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Santa Clarita City Council adopted Resolution 05-103, requiring new City-sponsored construction to earn LEED Silver certification and all municipal building renovations to follow LEED guidelines. The Resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines. This requirement in this resolution was replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Fremont Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy
Fremont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Fremont adopted the Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy, requiring all new City buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Lodi Municipal Code, Chapter 13.20, Ordinance 1820
Lodi, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Lodi City Council adopted Ordinance 1820, establishing an economic development rate for electrical services whereby industrial businesses that qualified for an economic development rate may receive up to a 5% discount off of the electrical bill for the new or expanded load if the new facilitates are LEED Silver-certified. This policy elapsed in 2011.
City/Town
Replaced
Los Altos Municipal Code, Chapter 12.66
Los Altos, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Altos City Council adopted a policy requiring all public buildings 7,500 square feet or larger to be designed to perform at least 15% more efficiently than Title 24 of California Code of Regulations. The ordinance also requires that all public and commercial buildings are designed to perform 15% better than Title 24. Public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification to receive a building permit. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Dublin Municipal Code, Chapter 5.61, Ordinance 9-04
Dublin, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the Dublin City Council approved Ordinance 9-04, requiring all municipal projects with an estimated construction cost of $3 million or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. Smaller projects are required to incorporate as many green building principles as deemed possible by the Green Building Compliance Official.
County
Elapsed
Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program
Los Angeles County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program, requiring all new public buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The board also approved a motion instructing the Directors of Public Works and Planning to investigate and report back within six months on opportunities to incorporate LEED standards or similar requirements into industrial, commercial, and residential development standards.
City/Town
Amended
Piedmont Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Ordinance 488
Piedmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Piedmont City Council adopted Ordinance 488 N.S. 10/87, requiring new construction and renovations of city-owned and -operated buildings over $3 million to earn LEED certification or 50 points under the Build It Green GreenPoint rating system. The policy was amended in 2019, requiring municipal projects valued at $4 million to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 7137
Pasadena, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Pasadena City Council adopted Ordinance 7137, requiring all new public buildings and renovations over 15,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Additionally, all projects covered by the ordinance must achieve earn LEED credit WEc3.1, Water Efficiency. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
In effect
La Mesa Sustainable Building Policy
La Mesa, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the La Mesa City Council passed the Sustainable Building Policy, encouraging all new public construction and major renovation projects to meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification and exceed current State of California Title 24 Energy Code requirements. Design and project management teams are encouraged to meet higher LEED rating levels. The City also provides education on green building practices to private developers and officially recognizes projects that incorporate the goals of LEED.
State
In effect
Jobs and Economic Improvement Through
Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, Chapter 354
CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Governor of California enacted AB 354, authorizing the Governor to designate a project that is certified LEED Silver or higher, that has a 10% greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects and is located on an infill site as a leadership project for streamlining through the Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
City/Town
Repealed
Manhattan Beach Sustainable Building Program, Ordinance 2124
Manhattan Beach, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Manhattan Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2124, establishing a Sustainable Building Program and Energy Efficiency Standard, which required new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Non-residential commercial construction and major renovations exceeding 10,000 square feet were also required to meet LEED Silver standards. The policy was repealed by Ordinance 13-0027 on in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Cupertino Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance CP2007-01
Cupertino, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cupertino City Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. Homeowners may also receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for having a LEED AP certify their home. In 2013, the City of Cupertino Green Building Ordinance took effect, requiring small residential and commercial projects to comply with the California Green Building Code (CALGreen). The policy also requires residential projects greater than 9 units and commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet to earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Replaced
Livermore Municipal Code, Chapter 15.32, Civic Green Buildings, Ordinance 1727
Livermore, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City Council of Livermore adopted Ordinance 1727, requiring all public buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16-0032
Manhattan Beach, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2016, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 16-0032, establishing LEED as the city's green building standard. The Ordinance requires all applicable projects to certify to LEED Silver. Applicable city buildings must meet, at a minimum, LEED Gold.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 1048
Belmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Belmont adopted Resolution 1048, requiring commercial projects larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
San Leandro Municipal Code, Title 3, Chapter 3-19, Ordinance 2008-007
San Leandro, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of San Leandro adopted Ordinance 2008-007, requiring that all new city-owned or -occupied construction or renovations over $3 million earn LEED Silver certification. All other City facilities projects valued at less than $3 million are required to implement as many LEED credits as practicable. Private developers are required to complete and submit a Green Building Checklist as part of a project's permit application for any new construction, residential additions over 500 square feet, or commercial or industrial projects valued at over $100,000.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 15.44
Newark, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Newark City Council adopted the Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, requiring all public building projects larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved equivalent.
State
In effect
California Green Buildings Action Plan, Executive Order B-18-12
CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 25, 2012, the Governor of California issued Executive Order B-18-12, creating the Green Building Action Plan, which requires all new and majorly renovated State buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The EO also stipulates that all existing State buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification.
City/Town
Amended
San Jose Green Building Policy
San Jose, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2001, the San Jose City Council adopted Policy 8-13, creating green building targets for all new municipal buildings or Redevelopment Agency projects larger than 10,000 square feet. The policy was amended in 2007 to set a new target of earning LEED Silver certification, with a goal of reaching LEED Gold or Platinum. The policy also directs City staff to seek opportunities for existing municipal buildings to earn LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
Replaced
Saratoga Municipal Code, Article 16-47, Ordinance 272
Saratoga, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Saratoga City Council adopted Ordinance 272, requiring public buildings 5,000 square feet and larger to achieve LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced in 2012.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 10850
Campbell, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Campbell City Council adopted Resolution 10850, requiring all new and renovated municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also requires all residential and commercial development applications for projects larger than 500 square feet to complete a green checklist.
City/Town
Amended
Resolution 2004-751
Sacramento, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the Mayor of Sacramento enacted Resolution 2004-751, establishing LEED certification as a priority for all city projects. For projects over 5,000 square feet, the city has a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. The policy was amended in 2005, increasing the sustainability targets to encourage city facilities to be designed and operated to achieve the highest LEED rating and energy efficiency possible.
City/Town
In effect
Simi Valley Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, Ordinance 1157
Simi Valley, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Simi Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1157, reenacting Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, which provides a density bonus for affordable housing developments that exhibit public benefit - including achieving LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 9-6.407
Emeryville, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Emeryville City Council adopted Ordinance 9-6.407, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. Private developments that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications are eligible for residential density, floor area ratio, and/or height bonuses.
City/Town
In effect
San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, Section 17.32, Ordinance 1509
San Luis Obispo, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted Ordinance 1509, to increase building height and intensity limits in the downtown - commercial zone for green building projects. The maximum height of 50 feet for construction within a downtown commercial zone may be increased to 75 feet if the development satisfies multiple performance standards, including by earning LEED Silver for New Construction or for Core & Shell.
City/Town
Amended
Cupertino Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.58, Ordinance 12-2009
Cupertino, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Cupertino City Council adopted Ordinance 12-2099, requiring new residential projects conisting of nine homes or more, or multi-family building developments that consist of nine individual living units or more, to earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Non-residential developments exceeding 25,000 square feet must earn LEED certification, and developments exceeding 50,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Multi-family or commercial renovations and/or additions with a Floor Area Ratio increase of 50% and at least 35,000 square feet must earn LEED for Existing Buildings or a city-approved alternative standard.
County
In effect
Alameda County Administrative Code, Title 4, Ordinance 2003-63
Alameda County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 2003-63, requiring that all county projects earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Morgan Hill Municipal Code, Chapter 15.65, Ordinance 1966
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Morgan Hill adopted Ordinance 1966, requiring new single family or multi-family developments less than 2,000 square feet per unit must at minimum achieve 70 Build It Green (BIG) points or earn LEED certification. Projects exceeding 2,000 square feet per unit must earn LEED Silver certification or 70 BIG points. Commercial construction and renovations greater than 1,000 square feet must achieve 16 LEED points. Projects over 5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial renovations and tenant improvements valued at $350,000 or greater must achieve 10 LEED points. Projects greater than or equal to $500,000 permit valuation must earn LEED certification. Commercial projects valued greater than $1,500,000 must earn LEED Silver certification. For mixed use developments, the residential potion of the building must comply with minimum residential standards; whereas the commercial portion must satisfy certain LEED requirements, including recycling programs, low VOC and recycled materials, bicycle storage, and changing rooms with shower facilities.
City/Town
In effect
Brisbane Municipal Code, Chapter 15.80, Ordinance 524-2007
Brisbane, CA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Brisbane City Council adopted Ordinance 524, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All new commercial construction and renovations larger than 10,000 square feet must meet LEED Silver standards on a Green Building Project Checklist. Though applicants are encouraged to register their projects with GBCI, certification is not required. Commercial projects smaller than 10,000 square feet are encouraged to follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
Replaced
Oakland Municipal Code, Chapter 15.35, Ordinance 12658
Oakland, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Oakland City Council adopted a policy requiring public building projects to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also promotes the use of green building strategies in private sector development by offering free technical assistance, green building guidelines and public promotion for qualified projects. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program, Ordinance 7565
Boulder, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Boulder City Council adopted Ordinance 7565, establishing the Boulder Residential Green Points Program and setting the Green Point requirements for new single-unit and multi-unit residential construction and renovation. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification are exempt from the Green Points requirement.
County
In effect
Resolution 2008-44
San Miguel County, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2008-44, establishing a new Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standard which outlines energy and environmental standards to be met for new residential and commercial buildings and major renovations. LEED Silver-certified buildings that also receive a HERS rating equivalent to that required in the Green Building Standard for home size are exempt from the Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standards. They will also receive expedited permitting. The Code also stipulates that all commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet must comply with the Prescriptive Code or earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 1937
Golden, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Golden City Council adopted Resolution 1937, requiring all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 07-242
Hartford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of Connecticut enacted HB 7432, requiring the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to adopt regulations for new or renovated commercial buildings consistent with LEED Silver, or an equivalent standard. The regulations apply to the following types of projects, provided that they receive $2 million or more in state funding: a) new state facility construction valued at $5 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; b) state facility renovations of $2 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; c) new public school construction valued at $5 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009; and d) public school renovations valued at $2 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009. The law also requires the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee to revise the State Building Code to meet or exceed LEED Silver for all private buildings constructed after January 1, 2009 of $5 million or more and for all renovations beginning after January 1, 2010 of $2 million or more. residential buildings with less than four units are exempt from the code requirements, as well as buildings where costs may outweigh benefits. HB 7432 further authorized $30 million in state bonds, the sale proceeds of which are to be allocated to fund on-site renewable energy projects in state buildings pursuing LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Stamford Sustainable Development Standards, Ordinance 1071
Stamford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Stamford Board of Representatives adopted Ordinance 1071, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet and buildings where the City leases at least 50% of total space to earn the LEED Silver certification or higher.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 272-9
Middletown, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Middletown Common Council adopted Ordinance 272-9, granting commercial buildings that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications eligibility to receive a partial real estate tax exemption equal to a fixed amount of 10% of assessed value spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. LEED Silver-certified buildings that have less than $5 million assessed value will also be eligible for a partial real estate tax rebate of 10% spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
Amended
Green Building Act of 2006
Washington, DC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. enacted the Green Building Act, requiring all non-residential District public buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to require all new private development projects 50,000 square feet or larger earn LEED certification. In 2012, the City Council and Mayor adopted Act #A19-0336, amending the Green Building Act to require public schools to aspire to earn LEED Gold certification, and imposes fines on private commercial buildings that do not provide proof that the project has earned LEED certification within two years of occupancy.
State
In effect
Leading by Example Towards a Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment, Executive Order 18
DE
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Delaware issued Executive Order 18, which states that all state agencies, departments, and offices shall work with architects and engineers on the design and construction of capital projects to design projects to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards.
City/Town
In effect
Riviera Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 31, Article VI, Section 31-556, Ordinance 3072
Riviera Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Riviera Beach adopted Ordinance 3072, setting standards for recycling and scrap-metal processing centers. All new construction or renovation of recycling or scrap metal processing offices or administrative buildings must obtain LEED Silver certification to be issued a certificate of occupancy.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 83-07
Cape Coral, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cape Coral City Council approved Ordinance 83-07 granting density/intensity bonuses for buildings pursuing LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver certification contributes 75 points toward the bonus; the number of points needed depends upon the size of the requested bonus. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
Amended
Miami Beach Green Building Ordinance
Miami Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami Beach City Commission adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all existing municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The policy was amended in 2016 to require new construction over 7,000 square feet or ground floor additions to existing structures that encompass more than 10,000 square feet of additional floor area to achieve LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Eligible projects are required to pay a Sustainability Fee prior to obtaining a temporary certificate of occupancy, certificate of occupancy, or certificate of completion. This fee is set as 5% of the construction valuation and is effectively used as a bartering token to incentivize certification. If a project fails to obtain LEED certification, the fee will not be refunded. A LEED-certified project will receive a refund of 50% of the fee paid. To incentivize earning higher levels of LEED certification, the City provides refunds on a sliding scale: A project that is certified LEED Silver receives a refund of 66% of the fee paid; projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certification receive a 100% fee refund. Certified projects also receive expedited plan review and building inspections
City/Town
In effect
Miami Municipal Code, Article III
Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami City Council adopted a policy requiring new private development over 50,000 square feet in specified zoning districts (T5, T6, CI & CS) of habitable room and habitable space to achieve LEED Silver certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy requires building owners to post at time of permit application a performance bond to guarantee LEED Silver certification. The city also provides density bonuses for projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications.
City/Town
In effect
Davie Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 12, Article III
Davie, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Davie established incentives for construction projects pursuing LEED Silver or Gold certification. Projects pursuing LEED Silver certification are eligible for a 5% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 25% height increase. Projects pursuing LEED Gold certification may receive a 10% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 35% height increase. The policy outlines mandatory LEED credits to receive the incentives, including erosion and sedimentation control, fundamental building systems commissioning, minimum energy performance, CFC reduction in HVAC and refrigerant equipment, storage and collection of recyclables, minimum indoor air quality performance, and environmental tobacco smoke control.
City/Town
In effect
Wellington Targeted Expedited Permitting Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Wellington, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Village of Wellington passed Ordinance 2009-12, establishing a targeted expedited permitting program (TEPP), which is intended to provide qualifying projects with an efficient and accelerated process to resolve issues in a timely manner with a Village representative without sacrificing any requirements established in this chapter. The TEPP program is available to qualifying companies that are expanding operations, relocating or establishing a new business within the Village so that value-added employment may be created at a faster pace. The TEPP program is also available to any building obtaining LEED Silver certification or higher rating. The TEPP program is intended to expedite all phases of planning, zoning, building engineering and utilities permitting process.
City/Town
In effect
Hollywood Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 15, Ordinance-151.010
Hollywood, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Hollywood adopted Ordinance O-2009-32, requiring all new construction and major renovations of City buildings earn LEED Silver certification, or another city-approved equivalent. The ordinance also requires that the City employs a LEED AP on staff.
City/Town
In effect
Altamonte Springs Municipal Code, Article III, Division 46
Altamonte Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Altamonte City Commission adopted a policy that defines the standards and calculations for height and intensity/density development bonuses. Projects that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications are eligible for up to 100 bonus height points or up to 200 bonus intensity/density points. The number of points awarded is determined by the level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Homestead Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 3, Section 30-461, Ordinance 2009-07-19
Homestead, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Homestead adopted Ordinance 2009-07-19, establishing bonuses for residential developments that pursue green building standards. Developments pursuing LEED Silver certification or Florida Green Building Coalition certification are eligible for one additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Section 98-5, Ordinance 2011-07
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-07, requiring all newly constructed municipal buildings to be designed and built to achieve either LEED Silver certification or the Florida Green Building Council Commercial Building Designation Standard. When project resources and conditions permit, the ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive to achieve either LEED Gold or Platinum certification.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Sustainability Ordinance, Ordinance 2008-112
Tampa, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Tampa City Council adopted the City of Tampa Sustainability Ordinance (Ordinance 2008-112), requiring that all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned space to earn LEED Silver certification, and for major renovations of municipal buildings to follow LEED guidelines. The ordinance also offers developers of commercial and multi-family residential buildings a 20-80% rebate on building permit fees, depending on the level of LEED certification earned.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article VI, Division 3, Ordinance 2009-106
Coral Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Coral Springs City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-106, allowing projects pursuing LEED Silver certification to receive reduced setback and landscaping standards.
County
Repealed
Alachua County Code, Article V, Section 407.546, Ordinance 09-01
Alachua County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alachua County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-01, stipulating that dry retention and detention basins may incorporate recreational uses if the project earns LEED Silver certification. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
Amended
Atlanta Municipal Code, Chapter 75, Ordinance 17-O-1218
Atlanta, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the City of Atlanta enacted Ordinance #03-0-1693, requiring all city-funded projects larger than 5,000 square feet or costing $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Projects exempt from this policy are required to complete a LEED checklist to assess any sustainable design techniques. In 2017, Chapter 75 was amended by Ordinance 17-O-1218 to require all city facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, regardless of project costs.
City/Town
Repealed
City of Tybee Island Green Building Policy
Tybee Island, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Tybee Island adopted a green building policy declaring that all new city buildings will achieve the LEED Silver certification level, and achieve a higher certification level when conditions and resources permit. Projects designed to the LEED Silver level must have a payback of no more than five years. If payback is anticipated to be over five years, city staff will recommend only achieving LEED certification. The resolution also stipulated that all major renovations and non-occupied buildings should include as many principles of LEED and the city's green building program as possible. This policy has since been repealed.
County
Repealed
Chatham County Green Building Program
Chatham County, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Chatham County Commission adopted an amendment to Chapter 20 of the Chatham County Code, requiring all new county-owned and county-funded buildings and renovations valued more than $100,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The amendment was repealed in 2016.
State
Amended
Hawaii HB 2175
HI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Governor of Hawaii enacted HB 2175, requiring all new state-owned or state-funded construction (including K-12 public schools) 5,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved equivalent standard. The state legislature amended its provisions to Hawaiian counties with HRS 46 19.6, which grants priority processing for all construction or development permits for projects that earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Honolulu Municipal Code, Chapter 2, Article 9, Ordinance 06-06
Honolulu, Hawaii
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City and County of Honolulu passed Ordinance 06-06, requiring new city facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn or exceed LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Iowa Sustainable Design Standards, Rule 661, Chapter 310
IA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Iowa State Legislature enacted a policy providing a tax credit or tax refund for commercial buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. If a commercial project pursues sustainable design standards for a purpose other than to qualify for a tax credit or refund, the building must earn at least LEED Silver certification. Additionallly, buildings intended to be used as data centers must achieve LEED certification to qualify as a sustainably-designed development.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance M-6-2009
Winnetka, IL
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Winnetka Village Council adopted Ordinance M-6-2009, directing planned developments at 513-515 Lincoln Avenue and 718-732 Elm Street to be designed to meet LEED Silver standards, or the standards of a village-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
Amended
Evanston Green Building Ordinance, Title 4, Chapter 25, Ordinance 14-O-09
Evanston, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Evanston City Council adopted Ordinance 14-O-09 (amended by Ordinance 124-O-09), requiring all new City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification or higher, and all new commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED Silver certification or higher. In addition, all interior renovations of City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification at minimum, and all interior renovations of commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The City may also provide incentives, including expedited plan review and financial assistance for costs associated with LEED Silver certification. Projects that fail to obtain a LEED Silver certification will be given a monetary penalty determined on a sliding scale, taking into account how close the project came to achieving LEED Silver.
State
In effect
Illinois School Construction Law, Section 5, Public Act 98-0623
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, the State of Illinois adopted Public Act 98-0623, requiring that school construction projects that apply for a grant on or after July 1, 2009 must earn LEED Silver certification, unless several conditions are met.
State
In effect
Energy Efficient State Building Initiative, Executive Order 08-14
IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued Executive Order 08-14, requiring all new state buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved equivalent standard. The EO also requires all renovations of state buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or the guidelines of a state-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 2.29, Green Building Program, Ordinance 09-04
Bloomington, IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Bloomington City Council adopted Ordinance 09-04, requiring all construction and major renovations of occupied municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires occupiable municipal existing building to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings certification by December 31, 2022. The ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive for LEED Gold or Platinum certifications, where project resources and conditions permit.
County
In effect
Saint Joseph County Code, Title III, Chapter 35.06, Ordinance 24-09
Saint Joseph County, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Saint Joseph County Council adopted Ordinance 24-09, granting tax abatements for developments providing a public benefit. Buildings that earn LEED Silver certification will receive 50 public benefit points towards earning an add-on abatement from one to seven years.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 2
KY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 2, requiring new public facilities and renovations funded with 50% or more of state funds to adhere to high-performance building standards. The legislation defines high performance building standards as: projects of $25 million or more must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher; projects between $5 million and $25 million must achieve LEED Certified and earn a minimum of seven points under the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance standards; and, projects between $600,000 and $5 million shall use LEED as a guide.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 24
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly adopted HR 24, endorsing the creation of a Green Schools Caucus in the Kentucky General Assembly to advocate and encourage broader application of the design and construction practices for green schools. The resolution encourages school districts to seek LEED certification, or certification from a comparable rating system with requirements as stringent to LEED Silver standards.
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
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
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Anne Arundel County Code, Article 8, Title 2, Section 114
Anne Arundel County, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Anne Arundel County Council adopted Bill 53-09, requiring the construction of a County-owned building 10,000 square feet or larger - or the major renovation of a County-owned building - to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
Elapsed
Howard County Bill 49-2007
Howard County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 49-2007, establishing a five-year property tax credit for commercial and certain residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The credit increases based on the level of certification earned: LEED Silver-certified projects may earn a 25% credit; LEED Gold-certified projects may earn a 50% credit; and LEED Platinum-certified projects may earn a 75% credit. Tax credits projects that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification extend for three years: 10% for LEED Silver, 25% for LEED Gold and 50% for LEED Platinum. In 2017, the County Executive enacted legislation extending the residential property tax exemption until April 1, 2022.
County
Elapsed
Bill 28-08
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Baltimore County Council adopted Bill 28-08, increasing the available tax credits for new residential buildings that earn LEED certifications. LEED Silver-certified buildings are eligible for a 40% property tax credit (up from 30%), LEED Gold-certified buildings are eligible for a 60% tax credit (up from 50%), and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible for a 100% credit (up from 75%). The tax credits were in effect for three years, or up to $1 million in total incentives. The program elapsed in 2011.
County
Replaced
Bill 17-06
Montgomery County, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 17-06, requiring new County buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. The bill also requires all private commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. County certification of LEED equivalency is an acceptable method of compliance. The policy was replaced in 2017 by ER 21-15AMII.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance O-19-2010
Gaithersburg, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance O-19-2010, requiring all commercial or high rise residential buildings between 10,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and all commercial or residential buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore Council Bill 07-0602
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Baltimore enacted Council Bill 07-0602, requiring all city and city-funded projects exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The law also requires commercial or multi-family residential buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. The law does not require formal certification.
City/Town
In effect
Hampstead Municipal Code, Article XV, Section 135-150, Ordinance 449
Hampstead, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Hampstead Town Council adopted Ordinance 449, requiring any new buildings constructed located in the Groundwater Conservation District to earn LEED Silver certification, or an town-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution R-33-07
Gaithersburg, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Gaithersburg City Council adopted Resolution R-33-07, requiring all new municipal construction to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also stipulates that municipal renovations should follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution R-7-12
Bowie, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Bowie City Council enacted Resolution R-7-12, requiring all new municipal building projects larger than 10,000 square feet, or additions to existing projects greater than 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Rockville Commercial Green Building Regulations
Rockville, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the City Council of Rockville enacted Ordinance 22-19, amending its green building regulations to require new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings or additions greater than 7,500 square feet to demonstrate compliance with a green building code, such as the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, or the 2012 National Green Building Standards (ICC 700-2012). LEED Silver is denoted as an alternative compliance path to the green code requirement.
County
Elapsed
An Act concerning High-Performance Buildings, Bill 78-07
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Baltimore County Council passed Bill #78-07, replacing Bill #85-06. The legislation expands the tax credit to LEED for New Construction, LEED Core and Shell, and LEED for Existing Buildings. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification may earn a 50% property tax credit, 60% for Gold, and 80% for Platinum. LEED Core and Shell Silver will receive 40%, Gold 50%, and Platinum 70%. LEED for Existing Buildings Silver will earn a tax credit for 10%, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. The LEED and LEED for Core and Shell tax credits are for five years consecutive years.The LEED for Existing Buildings tax credit is for three years. The tax credit has elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Hagerstown Municipal Code, Chapter 223, Article IV, Ordinance 2009-2
Hagerstown, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Hagerstown City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-2, granting buildings that earn LEED Silver certification a 20% property tax credit, LEED Gold certified buildings a 25% property tax credit, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings a 30% property tax credit.
State
Amended
Maryland High Performance Green Building Program, HB 942
MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Maryland legislature enacted House Bill 942, establishing the Maryland High Performance Green Building Program. The program applies to all capital projects, including K-12 schools and community colleges, funded solely with state funds. New construction and major renovation of buildings 7,500 square feet or larger must earn LEED Silver certification – and wherever possible strive for LEED Gold. In 2017, the Maryland Green Building Council updated the program to better accommodate LEED v4.
State
In effect
Maryland Chapter 626
MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of Maryland adopted Chapter 626, requiring the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to employ green building technologies when constructing or renovating a commission-owned building. The policy defines a high-performance green building as a building constructed to LEED Silver certification standards.
County
Replaced
Montgomery County Property Tax Credit for Energy and Environmental Design
Montgomery County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 37-06, granting property tax credits for buildings that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, or a county-approved equivalent. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive a 25% tax credit for five years; of 25% for achieving Gold, and a 75% credit for LEED Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive five year tax credits of 25% for achieving Silver, 50% for Gold, and 75% for Platinum. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification may receive a 10% tax credit for three years; and 50% for Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification receive three year tax credits of 10% for achieving Silver, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. In 2020, it was announced that the tax credit will be sunset by January 1, 2025. On or before January 1, 2022, a building owner must either submit a completed application for the tax credit or submit an application of intent to apply for the tax credit.
County
Elapsed
Carroll County Green Building Tax Credit, Ordinance 09-03
Carroll County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-03, authorizing a 25% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved equivalent, a 50% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Gold certification or equivalent, and a 75% tax credit for new buildings that achieve LEED Platinum certification or equivalent for a period of five consecutive years. The tax credit only applied to commercial or industrial buildings. The tax credit elapsed in 2014.
County
In effect
Howard County Bill 47-2007
Howard County, MD
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED, LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 47-2007, requiring all new county projects, including major renovations, to earn LEED Silver certification. The legislation also requires private construction larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize higher levels of certification, projects seeking LEED Gold or Platinum are granted expedited permitting.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore City Green Construction Code, Council Bill 14-0413
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2015, Baltimore City enacted Council Bill 14-0413, adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012. All permits for commercial and certain multi-family residential buildings are required to complete a Green Building Statement of Compliance to determine code applicability and identify a green building compliance path. Earning LEED Silver certification is an alternative compliance path to the mandatory code.
City/Town
In effect
Annapolis Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.14, Ordinance 0-56-07
Annapolis, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Mayor of Annapolis enacted Ordinance 0-56-07, requiring all public construction earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires commercial and mixed-use buildings of 7,500 square feet or greater to earn LEED certification; five or more single-family homes on one lot, or a single home larger than 3,250 square feet to earn LEED certification. The policy allows for projects to register and certify to LEED or an energy and environmental design standard deemed equivalent by the Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs.
State
In effect
Maryland Property Tax Code, Chapter 9-242
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
The State of Maryland’s Property Tax Code Chapter 9-242 permits local governments to offer a tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a high performance building. The tax code defines a high performing building includes buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or higher.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 103-11/12
Portland, ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Portland City Council adopted Ordinance 103-11/12, requiring all new construction and renovation projects owned or occupied by the City 2,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. All new construction and renovation projects 10,000 square feet or greater funded in whole or in part by the City shall demonstrate - under any third-party certification system or energy model signed by a licensed engineer - a certain percentage improvement in the proposed energy performance of the building compared to the baseline performance rating per ASHRAE Standard 90.1 or equivalent standard if the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is not applicable to the project. The improvements are 30% for new construction, 25% for existing buildings, and 20% for historic buildings. LEED is an eligible certification system.
City/Town
Repealed
York Zoning Ordinance Article 9
York, ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Town of York added Article 9 to the Town Zoning Ordinance, requiring municipal buildings and buildings funded by the Town exceeding 5,000 square feet at 75% or more of the total construction cost to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
East Lansing Green Building Policy, Resolution 2009-01
East Lansing, MI
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the East Lansing City Council adopted a resolution requiring new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and requiring renovations to follow a LEED checklist. The policy also requires private projects that receive municipal incentives up to 15% of the total project cost to earn LEED certification, private development projects that receive over 15% of the project costs in municipal incentives with one building to earn LEED Silver certification, and private development projects that receive over 15% in incentives with multiple buildings to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification and achieve at least 1 point under Green Infrastructure & Buildings Credit 1 or achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification for each building. Private building renovations that receive municipal incentives are required to earn LEED certification. Incentives include tax increment financing funds, brownfield redevelopment funds, community development block grant funds, parking revenue bonds, or other financing mechanisms. As of 2021, the Green Building Policy was under revision.
City/Town
In effect
Establishing a Sustainable Development Policy for New and Renovated
Municipal Buildings in the City of Saint Paul, Council Resolution 07-70
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the St. Paul City Council adopted Council Resolution 07-70, requiring that new or significantly renovated municipal facilities earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. The resolution also states that if the building is constructed or renovated to LEED standards, the more stringent State Guidelines related to "Energy and Atmosphere," including exceeding the energy code by at least 30%, and the State Guidelines related to Performance Management must be met. The policy also requires that staff from various City departments become LEED accredited.
City/Town
In effect
St. Louis Park Green Building Policy
St. Louis Park, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2022, St. Louis Park enacted the St. Louis Park Green Building Policy, requiring new municipal, commercial, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects 15,000 square feet or larger - and renovations in buildings 50,000 square feet or larger - that receive $200,000 or more in city financial assistance to certify to a third-party rating system, including LEED Silver or higher. Projects that must earn a minimum of 13 points within the Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance credit.
City/Town
In effect
Saint Paul Sustainable Building Ordinance, Ordinance 17-60
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the City of Saint Paul enacted Ordinance 17-60, requiring new projects exceeding 10,000 square feet and receiving more than $200,000 in funding from the City or the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. The policy also applies to major renovations of existing buildings.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution 2006 R-381
Minneapolis, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Minneapolis adopted Resolution 2006 R-381, establishing LEED standards in the planning, design, construction and commissioning of municipal facilities. All new facilities and major renovations of 5,000 square feet or greater should earn LEED Silver certification, with Energy and Atmosphere credits. The resolution also requested that staff report on feasibility of earning LEED Gold certification for the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility, and required at least five city staff to earn LEED AP accreditation within two years of the resolution's adoption.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 06-21
Clayton, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Clayton Board of Aldermen adopted Resolution 06-21, requiring that new construction and major renovations of city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The requirement may be waived if certification is cost prohibitive, if certification would have a negative impact on a historic structure, or in an emergency situation.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 67414
St. Louis, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007 the St. Louis City Council approved Ordinance 67414, requiring all city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that the city will also apply LEED standards to major retrofit and renovation projects.
City/Town
In effect
City of Springfield Green Building Policy, Resolution 9573
Springfield, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Springfield City Council adopted Resolution 9573, establishing the Springfield Green Building Policy. The policy requires all city-owned buildings intended for human occupation to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requests projects strive for the highest certification possible if conditions permit. At minimum, all projects must earn seven LEED points for energy performance, two points for water use and waste reduction, and one point for construction waste management. New city buildings not intended for human occupation shall incorporate as many LEED points as possible. The policy also stipulates that any future renovations to city buildings must use performance benchmarks from LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 2009-3382
Ferguson, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Ferguson adopted Ordinance 2009-3382, requiring buildings built or renovated with city funds to earn LEED Silver certification, or another nationally-recognized certification program, provided that the estimated energy savings exceed the marginal cost of the energy saving features over the expected life of the building and subject to fiscal constraints established by the City Manager. The ordinance also encourages new and remodeled residential, industrial, and commercial projects to satisfy LEED requirements.
State
Amended
Montana High-Performance Building Standards
MT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the State of Montana revised its High-Performance Building Standards to require that all state projects funded or authorized by the legislature greater than $10,000,00 earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 07-91
Asheville, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Asheville City Council enacted Resolution 07-91, requiring all new, occupied, city-owned buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, and to strive for LEED Platinum whenever project resources and conditions permit. The policy also requires an energy savings payback on the incremental cost of no greater than ten years. If the payback period for recovering incremental construction cost is greater than ten years, buildings should opt for LEED Silver certification. In addition, all new, occupied city-owned buildings less than 5,000 square feet should be built to incorporate measures in alignment with LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Raleigh LEED Certification for New and Existing Municipal Buildings Policy
Raleigh, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Raleigh City Council adopted a policy requiring that new public buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and construction less than 10,000 square feet should be "designed to be eligible for LEED Silver certification" and should meet energy and water efficiency requirements. The City will also strive to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum where feasible. The policy further stipulates that existing city buildings should use LEED for Existing Buildings as a guide.
County
In effect
Durham County High Performance Building Policy
Durham County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Durham Board of County Commissioners adopted a High Performance Building Policy, requiring all new County buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn at minimum LEED Gold certification, or a county-approved alternative standard. New County buildings between 4,000-10,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification, or an alternative standard. The policy also requires all major renovations of county buildings (renovations in excess of 25% of the building and comprising upgrades or replacements of two of the three major systems) to earn LEED certification, or a comparable standard.
City/Town
In effect
Chapel Hill Municipal Code, Chapter V, Article VII, Ordinance 5-21
Chapel Hill, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Chapel Hill adopted Ordinance 5-21, requiring any new or expanded municipal building to earn LEED Silver certification. A LEED-accredited architect or engineer must be included on the project design team. The policy stipulates that the most current applicable version of the LEED shall be used.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter B, Section 2-1.5
Forsyth County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted a policy exempting new construction projects in special mixed-use districts pursuing LEED Silver certification from the county's open space requirement.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 11-2009
Madison, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Borough of Madison adopted Ordinance 11-2009, granting a 10% density bonus to projects located along Cook Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue that achieve at least LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cranford Township Code, Chapter 106, Ordinance 2005-46
Cranford, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Township of Cranford adopted Ordinance 2005-46, requiring all new public projects and major renovations earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also adopts LEED for Existing Buildings for its existing buildings. Additionally, to incentivize certification in the private sector, the policy allows developers to request density or height bonuses if a project earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Millburn Sustainable Building and Design Standards, Millburn Municipal Code, Article 5, Ordinance 2359-10
Millburn, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Township of Millburn adopted Ordinance 2359-10, stating that Township-funded capital improvement projects shall earn a LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also states that the township shall shall incorporate life-cycle and total cost accounting in the design, construction, and maintenance of all Township-owned and -financed buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Kearny Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Green Building Design, Ordinance 54
Kearny, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Kearny Town Council adopted Ordinance 54, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also offers density bonuses to private redevelopment projects that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification are eligible for an additional 0.15 floor area ratio (FAR) or 0.5 additional dwelling units per acre; or 3 additional dwelling units per acre for LEED Platinum; LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.25 FAR or 2 additional dwelling units per acre; LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.2 FAR or 1 additional dwelling unit per acre.
State
Amended
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3680
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of New Jersey enacted Assembly Bill 3680, encouraging all construction projects submitted to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to be encouraged to adhere to LEED. The legislation was updated in 2016 to require commerical buildings to comply with LEED Silver requirements.
State
In effect
New Jersey Chapter 269
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the State of New Jersey passed Chapter 269, requiring any new state building larger than 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet high performance building standards. The policy defines a high-performance building as a building that earns LEED Silver certification, or a nationally-recognized and accepted alternative that has been approved by the Commissioner of Community affairs in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Director of Energy Savings and the Board of Public Utilities.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Initiative for Municipal Projects, Ordinance 09-001
Jersey City, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-001, requiring all new public construction and renovations to earn a LEED Silver certification and ENERGY STAR building label. Projects in which certification is deemed cost prohibitive, defined as exceeding 20% of the original construction costs, are required to only earn LEED certification. Historic buildings are exempt from the LEED requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Article 9, Resolution R-05-258
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted Resolution R-05-258, requiring all city-owned and city-funded projects 5,000 square feet and above and/or using over 50 KW electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. This includes existing buildings.
State
In effect
Executive Order 06-001
NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Governor of New Mexico issued Executive Order 06-001, requiring all new public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50 kW peak electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. Existing public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50kW peak electrical demand must be renovated to achieve LEED Silver, and must achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy. New public buildings between 5,000-15,000 square feet are required to achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy.
State
Amended
Sustainable Building Tax Credit, NM SB 543
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 543. The omnibus bill included a sustainable building tax credit to promote the construction of high performance, green design and construction. The credit increases commensurate with the level of LEED certification achieved. The total amount of tax credits shall not exceed an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to commercial buildings and an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to residential buildings.
City/Town
In effect
2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted the 2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code Volumes I and II, requiring commercial and multifamily residential buildings to be 30% more efficient than a baseline building per ASHRAE 90.1 1999 and requiring one- and two-family dwellings to meet ICC 2006 and several other energy efficiency requirements. The code does not apply to LEED-certified commercial and multi-family residential buildings that earn a minimum of 4 credits in EAc1 "Optimize Energy Performance," or one- and two-family dwellings that provide proof of LEED for Homes Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Green Path Program
Albuquerque, NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Albuquerque's adopted the Green Path Program, which provides incentives for commercial and residential buildings that earn LEED certification. Commercial buildings are required to exceed minimum code requirements and achieve either LEED Silver or LEED Gold with specific credit requirements. Residential buildings must exceed minimum code requirements and achieve both LEED Homes Silver and Build Green New Mexico Silver. Incentives include expedited permitting and integrated and preliminary plan review.
State
In effect
New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 291, establishing the state's Sustainable Building Tax Credit. This legislation provides tax credits based on the square footage of the building. For commercial buildings, the tax credits range from $3.50 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification to $6.25 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Platinum certification. For residential buildings, the tax credits range from $5.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Silver certification to $9.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification. On March 16, 2013, renewed the Sustainable Building Tax Credit, creating an additional $12 million opportunity for single-family residential green construction and $3 million in commercial and multifamily opportunities spread out over the next three years. LEED Silver-certified commercial buildings for new construction (NC), existing buildings, core and shell, or commercial interiors are eligible for a tax credit. The amount of the credit varies according to the square footage of the building and the level of certification achieved. On April 10, 2015, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was renewed and updated again. The new SBTC guideline establishes a personal tax credit and a corporate tax credit for new and major renovations that are LEED Silver-certified or higher for taxable years up to 2026. The tax credit amount is based on certification level achieved and the amount of qualified square footage. The tax credit is available for commercial and residential buildings under LEED - NC, LEED EB and LEED CI and LEED for Homes. The 2015 update caps the eligible size per residential project at 2,000 square feet and reduces the amount of the tax credit available per square foot.
City/Town
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Fund, Resolution 22-2008
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Las Vegas adopted Resolution 22-2008, establishing a Green Building Fund that dedicates 25% of any incremental increase in the aggregate amount of franchise fees collected from utilities providers to fund the City's efforts to build all public buildings to LEED Silver standards. In 2012, the resolution was amended to set up additional funding sources, including grants, refunds, rebates, donations, energy savings and proceeds from recycled materials.
County
In effect
Rockland County Code, Section 220-4, Local Law 14-2008
Rockland County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Rockland County Legislature adopted Local Law 14-2008 requiring all new major county facility projects to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
In effect
Nassau County Local Law 16-2007
Nassau County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Nassau County adopted Local Law 16-2007, requiring the construction or renovation of capital projects larger than 5,000 square feet and with an estimated construction cost of $1 million to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Repealed
New Rochelle Municipal Code, Chapter 331, Article XX, Section 331-154, Ordinance 237-2008
New Rochelle, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of New Rochelle adopted Ordinance 237-2008, granting a density bonus for projects in floating overlay zones that commit to earning LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver-certified projects may receive a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 2.0. LEED-certified projects located in the DMU zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 1.25. A LEED-certified project located in the DMUR zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 3.0. LEED Gold- or Platinum-certified projects may receive a greater density bonus in the three zoning districts.
State
In effect
New York State Green Building Plan
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the New York Dormitory Authority, an agency that provides construction, financing and allied services that serve the public good, announced its commitment to register all new construction and major renovations projects with USGBC beginning in 2008, with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ossining Municipal Code, Article IV, Local Law 5-2012
Ossining, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Village of Ossining enacted Local Law 5-2012, giving developers the opportunity to apply for a 10% density bonus if a project earns LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Syracuse Green Buildings Ordinance, Syracuse Code of Ordinances, Chapter 52
Syracuse, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Syracuse adopted Green Building Standards for Municipal Buildings, requiring the construction and major renovations of municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or an alternative appropriate standard approved by the City Engineer.
County
Repealed
Niagara County Resolution IL-058-07
Niagara County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Niagara County adopted Resolution IL-058-07, requiring all County-funded construction or major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 86
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, New York City enacted Local Law 86, requiring all municipal construction, additions, or major renovations valued over $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Non-residential, capital projects costing over $2 million and funded at least 50% or $10 million by the city must earn LEED Silver certification. Municipal buildings that cost over $12 million shall be designed and constructed to reduce energy cost by a minimum of 20%, as determined by the methodology prescribed in LEED Energy & Atmosphere credit 1 or the New York State Energy Conservation Code, whichever is more stringent.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Sustainable Municipal Building Policy
Cleveland, Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the City of Cleveland enacted a Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all occupied City-owned new construction and major renovations larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All City-owned new construction under 10,000 square feet shall strive to achieve LEED Silver certification. Projects in which the pursuit of LEED Silver is deemed cost prohibitive - defined as greater than 5% cost premium - are encouraged to include as many sustainable building practices as possible in design and construction, and strive to achieve basic LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Green Municipal Code, Chapter 1474, Ordinance 2007-17
Green, OH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Green adopted Ordinance 2007-17, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that if compliance with LEED would defeat the intent or create an unreasonable economic burden on the City or project, an exemption may be granted. In such circumstances, LEED registration and certification is encouraged, but not required.
State
In effect
Resolution 07-124
Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission (OSFC) passed Resolution #07-124, approving the incorporation of energy efficiency and sustainable design features into all future and some previously approved school projects. All K-12 public school projects approved by the OSFC are required to meet a minimum of LEED for Schools Silver certification, with strong encouragement to achieve LEED Gold. There is additional emphasis on maximizing Energy & Atmosphere credits. The resolution directs OSFC to cover all LEED registration and certification fees and to provide a supplemental allowance to project budgets for the incorporation of green building strategies.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Residential Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
Cleveland, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cleveland began providing a 100% tax abatement for homeowners and developers that build residential properties to the Cleveland Green Building Standard. Abatement is available for 10-15 years, depending on the type of project. The city also accepts LEED Silver as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Eugene Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, Resolution 4884
Eugene, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Eugene City Council adopted Resolution 4884, creating the Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution encourages projects to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, where practical and when funding is available. The resolution also requires that all new municipal buildings under 10,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines and that all existing municipal buildings be maintained and operated in accordance with LEED for Existing Buildings. New construction less than 10,000 square feet should achieve the equivalent of at least a LEED Silver certification level where technically feasible. Projects of any size for which certification is not feasible due to technical reasons should incorporate as many sustainable features as economically feasible, using LEED as a guide. The policy further stipulates that major renovation projects should use LEED as a guide and will be evaluated for certification on a case-by-case basis.
City/Town
Repealed
AP 99 1.03 Energy Conservation
Corvallis, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Corvallis released a energy conservation policy, which includes a requirement that all new city buildings meet LEED Silver standards. The policy also required existing city-owned buildings and facilities to be operated and maintained under LEED Silver for Existing Buildings. This policy has since been repealed.
State
In effect
Oregon Chapter 467
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted Chapter 467, allowing schools to finance projects through qualified energy conservation bonds, and receive lower interest loans from the Clean Energy Deployment Fund. If proceeds from bonds are used for construction, a project must earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Tredyffrin Municipal Code, Article XVIII, Section 208-71, Ordinance HR 360
Tredyffrin, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Township of Tredyffrin adopted Ordinance HR-360, granting new construction projects in the Town Center District a zoning bonus if they achieve LEED Silver certification. Participating residential and mixed-use developments may decrease the maximum lot area per dwelling unit by 1,800 square feet, increase the gross floor area of the building footprint up to 25,000 square feet, or receive a height bonus up to 14 additional square feet.
State
In effect
Lansdale Municipal Code, Article XXXV, Section 405-3506
Lansdale, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Borough of Lansdale enacted an ordinance granting 20 feet of bonus height to projects that earn LEED Silver certification along with green roofs, alternative energy features, and stormwater management located in the Downtown Business Overlay District.
City/Town
Amended
Willistown Municipal Code, Chapter 139, Article XXXI, Sections 139-183 and 139-188, Ordinance 8-2007
Willistown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Willistown Township adopted Ordinance 8-2007, granting projects located in the Transportation District pursuing LEED Silver certification a floor area ratio bonus not to exceed 0.2 times the maximum gross tract area. The ordinance was amended to increase the gross tract area from 0.2 times to 0.6 times.
City/Town
In effect
West Hanover Municipal Code, Chapter 195, Article XVIII, Section 195-103, Ordinance 2009-02
West Hanover, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the West Hanover Township enacted Ordinance 2009-02, requiring retail stores over 75,000 square feet constructed in the CH District to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Sustainable Development for Publicly Financed Buildings, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 915, Ordinance 2008-0027
Pittsburgh, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Pittsburgh City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-0027, requiring all projects receiving Tax Increment Financing and all new construction on municipal owned property of 10,000 gross square feet or greater or if the total project costs exceeds two million dollars, and renovations of municipal owned property where the total project costs exceeds two million dollars to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Doylestown Green Points Program
Doylestown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Doylestown Borough Council adopted Resolution 2007-10, providing a 60% reduction in applicable building permit fees for new commercial and residential construction, additions, and interior remodels earning a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Non-LEED certified projects may earn fee reductions by demonstrating compliance with green building practices.
City/Town
In effect
Philadelphia Municipal Code, 17-100, Chapter Bill 080025
Philadelphia, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Philadelphia City Council adopted Bill 080025, requiring all new and major renovations of municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act, H 3034
SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of South Carolina enacted H3034 establishing the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act. The law requires all state-funded new construction projects larger than 10,000 square feet, including K-12 schools, or renovation project in which the project involved more than 50% of the replacement value major to earn LEED Silver certification. Agencies are required to use the most current edition of the rating system available at the time of registration and earn at least 40% of the available points under the Optimize Energy Performance credit.
State
In effect
South Dakota High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings
SD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of South Dakota enacted SB 188, requiring new construction and major renovations of state-owned buildings larger than 5,000 square feet or costing at least $500,000 to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. The law was amended in 2015, by the enactment of HB 1029, which updated the standard to LEED v4 and increased the threshold for compliance to $1 million or more and 10,000 square feet or greater.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2009-586
Nashville, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Metro Government of Nashville adopted Ordinance BL2009-586, granting height bonuses to buildings that earn LEED Silver certification, and for neighborhoods that earn LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development. The bonus depends on sub-district and building type.
City/Town
In effect
Nashville Municipal Code, Title 16, Ordinance BL2007-1374
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Nashville enacted Substitute Ordinance #BL2007-1374, requiring all public and publicly-funded buildings 5,000 square feet or greater (or exceeding $2 million in project costs) earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also applies to renovations of equal size or cost, but does not apply to buildings that are mostly unoccupied or provide specialized functions. All city-funded construction projects are required to complete a LEED scorecard and are strongly encouraged to maximize use of sustainable design principles.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2007 1129-045
Austin, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2000, the Austin City Council adopted Resolution 000608-43, requiring municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy was replaced in 2007 by Resolution 2007 1129-045, which requires that projects with construction costs over $2 million earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Amended
Resolution 03-067
Dallas, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Dallas City Council adopted Resolution 12-2428, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. The policy was amended in 2006 to increase the requirement for new city-funded public works and transportation facilities under the 2006 bond program to LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2007 R-04-19-0416
San Antonio, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Antonio City Council adopted a resolution requiring all new buildings funded and used by the City to adopt a green building policy based on the requirements for LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16911
El Paso, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the El Paso City Council enacted Ordinance 16911, requiring all new city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to meet the LEED Silver certification level, and to strive for a higher certification level whenever resources and conditions permit. The policy also encourages major renovations to incorporate LEED principles where feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Salt Lake City Code, Title 18, Chapter 95, Ordinance 78
Salt Lake City, UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Salt Lake City Council enacted Ordinance 78, requiring commercial, condominium, or apartment buildings funded through city grants, loans, or tax breaks to earn LEED certification.The ordinance also endorses the Mayor's executive order that municipal buildings achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.
State
Amended
Utah High Performance Building Rating System
UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Utah State Building Board amended the State's High Performance Building Rating System standards to require that all new state buildings earn LEED Silver certification. In 2014, the State Building Board amended the Rating System again, instead requiring that new state buildings certify to a rating system devised by the state's Division of Facilities Construction and Management. However, the updated law still allows projects to earn LEED certification upon request.
City/Town
Amended
Alexandria Green Building Policy
Alexandria, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alexandria City Council created a Green Building Policy, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all new commercial buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requires all new residential buildings to earn LEED certification, with the intention of increasing the standard over time. The policy was amended in 2019, increasing the commercial building requirement to LEED Gold certification.
State
In effect
Executive Order 82
VA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 82, requiring all new executive branch buildings larger than 5,000 gross square feet, or renovations to existing executive branch buildings where costs exceeds 50% of the value of the building, to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also encourages the private sector to adopt similar practices.
State
In effect
Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government, Executive Order 19
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 19, directing all state agencies to conserve energy, water and reduce waste by requiring that all new or renovated buildings conform to LEED Silver standards, or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also mandates that agencies only lease LEED-certified office space.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14
Richmond, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Richmond City Council adopted Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14, requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
In effect
Arlington County Green Building Incentive Program
Arlington County, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, Arlington County updated its Green Building Incentive program (which has been in place since 1999). The program provides density bonuses to large office, multi-family, and mixed use projects that earn LEED v4 Silver certifications. Projects may earn up to 0.25 FAR for LEED Silver, 0.35 FAR for LEED Gold, or 0.50 FAR for LEED Platinum. All participating projects must agree to submit 10 years of energy data to the County, and office projects must achieve an Energy Star score of 75 or better within 4 years of occupancy. Up to an additional 0.05 FAR may be earned if two of Arlington’s “Priority Credits” are achieved. Priority Credits are selected from the LEED scorecard and focus on energy efficiency, habitat restoration, light pollution reduction, and building reuse. Additional density may be requested for Net Zero Energy building certification. The program is enforced through a bond based on the size of the project. 75% percent of the bond is held until the LEED certification is achieved. Participants may also benefit from technical assistance and publicity.
City/Town
Repealed
Burlington Zoning Code, Section 4.4.1
Burlington, VT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Burlington enacted a policy stipulating that developments built to a minimum of LEED Silver certification may be eligible for additional building height and corresponding floor area ratio. The incentive has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Everett Municipal Code, Chapter 16.3, Ordinance CB0705-27
Everett, WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Everett City Council enacted Ordinance CB 0705-27, requiring new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also encourages appropriate departments to budget for and attend sustainable building training and/or obtain LEED accreditation, and additionally instructs the City to encourage LEED through land use regulations, building codes, and development standards.
City/Town
In effect
Tacoma Municipal Green Building Policy, Resolution 38249
Tacoma, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Tacoma City Council enacted the Municipal Green Building Resolution #38249, requiring all new or renovated city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification and strive for LEED Gold. The resolution also requires all LEED-certified buildings to seek LEED Silver for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-11
Issaquah, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Issaquah enacted Resolution 2004-11, requiring all new city facilities and buildings and major renovations over 5,000 square feet of occupied space and with project budgets of $250,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution further encourages city projects to seek the highest level of LEED certification possible. To incentivize certification in the private sector, developers intending to use LEED may receive free professional consultation, and projects achieving LEED certification are granted expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Lynnwood Multi-unit Housing Property Tax Exemption, Ordinance 2681
Lynnwood, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Lynnwood enacted Ordinance 2681, requiring multi-family residential projects in target areas (defined as areas designated by the city council to be lacking sufficient available, convenient, attractive, liveable, and desireable residential housing) seeking a tax exemption to earn LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
High-Performance Public Buildings, Chapter 39.35D
WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Washington enacted a policy requiring projects larger than 5,000 square feet that receive capital funds to earn LEED Silver certification, with the intention that, by 2009, all new construction projects and major renovations receiving Washington State funds would be built to a green standard. The policy also requires all K-12 schools to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
City of Edmonds Sustainable Building Policy, Resolution 1168
Edmonds, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Edmonds City Council adopted Resolution 1168, requiring all new city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2005-21
Bellingham, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Bellingham City Council adopted Resolution 2005-21, requiring all new municipal buildings and renovations over 5,000 square feet where the City provides a majority of the funding to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also provides a 0.5 Floor Area Ratio bonus for non-governmental projects that earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Seattle Municipal Code, Title 23, Chapter 23.49, Ordinance 122054
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Seattle enacted Ordinance 122054, which grants a height or density bonus to commercial or residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification and contribute to affordable housing.
County
In effect
Resolution 2005-028
WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Whatcom County enacted Resolution #2005-028, committing the county, where feasible, to achieve LEED Silver for new and renovated county buildings over 5,000 square feet where the county provides the majority of funding. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Section 49, Ordinance 6245
Auburn, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Auburn enacted Ordinance 6245, creating a points system gauging a project's compliance with the City's mixed-use development provisions. Projects are required to meet a minimum of 100 points through a combination of design and construction practices. Residential projects earn 15 points for earning LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, and 5 additional points for each subsequent level of certification achieved (Silver, Gold, or Platinum). Mixed-use development projects earn 15 points if the residential portion of the project LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, with 5, 10 or 15 additional points for LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, respectively. The non-residential portion of the project also earns 15 points for earning LEED certification, with 5 points for each additional level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-00109
Madison, WI
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Madison City Council adopted Resolution 08-00109, requiring all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue LEED certification.