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City/Town
Amended
Mountain View Green Building Code, Ordinance 8.11
Mountain View, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Mountain View City Council adopted Ordinance 8.11, establishing the Mountain View Green Building Code. The code adds to the state-mandated Green Building Code (CALGreen) to include green building requirements for private projects. Design plans must meet the intent of LEED certification. New commercial buildings between 5,000-25,000 square feet must submit design plans compatible with LEED certification, and projects exceeding 25,000 square feet must meet the intent of LEED Silver certification. In 2019, the City Council amended the green building code, requiring new hotel, commercial, mixed-use, and multi-family buildings to meet the intent of LEED Gold certification.
County
Amended
San Mateo County Municipal Green Building Policy
San Mateo County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2001, San Mateo County adopted a Sustainable Building Policy, requiring all new buildings over 10,000 square feet to be built and certified to the highest practicable LEED rating. In 2017, the San Mateo Board of Supervisors approved an update to the Sustainable Building Policy, requiring county projects to earn at least 50% of LEED's Energy & Atmosphere credits and to achieve net-zero energy with generation from on-site or adjacent renewable energy resources.
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.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 7229-N.S.
Berkeley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2003, the Berkeley City Council adopted Resolution 62, 284-NS, requiring municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and costing more than $200,000 follow guidelines for LEED certification. The Resolution increased this requirement to a minimum of LEED Silver guidelines beginning on January 1, 2006. After the adoption of the mandatory California State Green Building Code (CALGreen) in 2012, the Berkeley City Council adopted Ordinance #7229, requiring new construction and renovations in the downtown area to earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved equivalent certification.
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
Amended
Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 21.25, Ordinance 09-0013
Long Beach, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the City of Long Beach created a Municipal Green Building Policy, which required new City buildings over 7,500 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2009, the City of Long Beach adopted Ordinance 09-0013, requiring that all new construction or renovations to residential or mixed-use buildings of 50 dwelling units and 50,000 square feet, non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, and projects for which the City provides any portion of the funding, earn LEED certification. The updated policy also requires new buildings on City land exceeding 7,500 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. A project that earns LEED Gold or Platinum certification may be eligible for flexibility in regard to certain development standards including usable open space and off-street parking requirements. The policy does not require projects to certify with USGBC.
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.
County
Amended
Resolution 08-0947
Sonoma County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Sonoma County adopted Resolution 08-0947, requiring the adoption of mandatory green building standards for commercial and residential developments. The resolution suggests implementing an ordinance which requires new commercial construction to achieve 20 LEED points and residential and mixed-use buildings to achieve 50 BuildIt Green points for compliance. In 2009, the County Board of Commissioners amended the green building program threshold to require 40 LEED points for new commercial construction.
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
Amended
San Francisco Green Building Ordinance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2008, the Mayor of San Francisco enacted the San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, requiring proof of green building practices and LEED certification for all new residential and commercial construction. In 2011, the ordinance was updated by Administrative Bulletin 93 (updated again in 2012 and in 2020), requiring that projects meet the commercial and residential green building requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11). Smaller projects were originally only required to complete a green building checklist. Residential projects taller than 75 feet were originally required to earn LEED certification. In 2010, the requirement was amended to LEED Silver certification. Commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet were originally required to earn LEED certification; in 2009, LEED Silver and in 2012, LEED Gold. In 2016, the Board of Supervisors of the City and the County of San Francisco adopted amendments to the city's Green Building Code. The updated code requires commercial buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification and new residential projects to earn LEED Silver.
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
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
Amended
Morgan Hill City Policy 02-01
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
The Morgan Hill City Council requires all new public facilities and facilities undergoing significant renovations to earn LEED Gold 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.
State
Amended
Colorado High-Performance Certification Program
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the State of Colorado enacted SB 07-051 creating the High-Performance Certification Program, which requires new or majorly renovated state-owned buildings, K-12 schools, public universities, and housing projects larger than 5,000 square feet and receiving a minimum of 25% of funding from the state to earn LEED Gold certification. The law was updated in 2018.
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.
City/Town
Amended
Margate Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 2009-15
Margate, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Margate adopted Ordinance 2009-15, requiring all new construction or renovations of city buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2017, the policy was amended to broaden the third-party certifications that are eligible.
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
Amended
Miami Lakes Green Building Program, Ordinance 07-92
Miami Lakes, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Miami Lakes Town Council adopted Ordinance 07-92, establishing the Town of Miami Lakes Green Building Program. The program combines incentives and requirements for buildings with construction costs exceeding $50,000. Grants are available for residential building owners who prove minimum compliance with LEED, and homeowners who prove minimum compliance with LEED for Homes. Permitting fee reductions are available for commercial applicants that prove minimum compliance with LEED. The ordinance requires that all new municipal construction greater than 5,000 square feet and renovations valued greater than $200,000 achieve LEED certification. Projects receiving greater than 50% funding from the Town are also required to achieve LEED certification.
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.
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
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.
City/Town
Amended
Chicago Sustainable Development Policy
Chicago, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution requiring all new city-funded construction and major renovation projects to earn LEED certification. The policy was updated in 2016 to include an alternative compliance path, whereby developers are not required to earn third-party certification, provided that projects include a threshold of high-performance measures.
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.
City/Town
Amended
Kansas Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Article I, Division 3, Section 3-71, Ordinance 110235
Kansas City, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2004, Kansas City enacted Ordinance 041222, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2011, Kansas City enacted Ordinance 110235, amending Ordinance 041222 to require new city facilities and renovations exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Gold certification. A LEED Standards Committee was also established to evaluate exemptions to the certification requirement.
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
Amended
Charlotte Revised Policy for Sustainable Facilities
Charlotte, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte City Council adopted a policy for sustainable city facilities that requires all new municipal buildings and renovations of at least 5,000 square feet to complete a LEED checklist for purposes of consistency and comparability. The policy further requires any staff with facility construction or renovation project management responsibilities to be a LEED Green Associate or demonstrate an equivalent level of training. On May 23, 2016, the Charlotte City Council revised the 2009 Policy to require LEED v4 certification or higher for major renovations to or new constructions of City-owned, City-managed, or City-funded buildings. The policy also details the City's ten-year plan to require existing buildings meet LEED standards.
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.
City/Town
Amended
Taos Building Code, Ordinance 09-03
Taos, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Taos Town Council adopted Ordinance 09-03, requiring all new commercial buildings over 6,000 square feet to earn LEED certification and achieve at least three credits in the water conservation category. The ordinance was amended in 2010, requiring that all new commercial buildings earn LEED certification. Renovations that increase the building's size by at least 50% are subject to these requirements.
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
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Program
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Las Vegas enacted the Green Building Resolution in 2006, requiring newly constructed or renovated buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2009, the city updated its Green Building Program, adding incentives for new construction and retrofits of residential and commercial buildings. New residential construction projects pursuing LEED for Homes or a city-approved alternative certification are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $500 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive per home, and a $1,000 refund if the project earned LEED certifications. New commercial buildings pursuing LEED, LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Commercial Interiors, or LEED for Neighborhood Development certifications are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $5,000 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive and up to a $10,000 LEED refund (25% for LEED certified, 50% for LEED Silver certification and 100% for LEED Gold/Platinum certification).
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.
City/Town
Amended
Portland Green Building Policy
Portland, OR
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2001, the City of Portland 2015, the Portland Development enacted Resolution 35956, creating the City's first Green Building Policy, which required all new City buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2015, the City updated the Green Building Policy to require commercial or mixed-use buildings over 50,000 square feet that receive PDC funding to earn LEED Gold certification. Commercial or mixed-use buildings less than 50,000 square feet must achieve either LEED Gold certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Commercial/mixed-use buildings over 5,000 square feet undergoing major renovations are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution requires that all new occupied city-owned structures earn LEED Gold certification and meet other qualifications relating to energy and water use, landscaping, eco-rooves, parking, and waste. LEED certification and other qualifications are also required for existing city-owned buildings and tenant improvements in city-leased spaces. The city also provides incentives, training, financing, and technical assistance.
City/Town
Amended
Lower Makefield Municipal Code, Chapter 88, Ordinance 380
Lower Makefield, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 380, requiring all new Town buildings to follow LEED standards. The Town may pursue official LEED certification for its projects; however, if the project does not pursue official certification it must be verified by the green building administrator to comply with LEED Silver certification standards. The ordinance was amended to require compliance with LEED Gold certification standards.
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.
State
Amended
Rhode Island Green Buildings Act
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Rhode Island enacted the Rhode Island Green Building Act. The Act requires all major facility projects of public agencies to achieve LEED certification, an or equivalent building certification. It also requires all major facility projects of public school districts where the project receives funding from the state entering the design phase after January 1, 2010, to achieve LEED Certified or the Northeast Collaborative for High-Performance Schools Protocol. The law was amended in 2017 to include LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) as applicable standards for the sustainable development of real public property beyond physical buildings. In 2022, the Green Buildings Act was amended again to include public buildings, public structures and public real property of cities and local governments.
City/Town
Amended
League City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 125, Article IV, Section 125-90 f., Ordinance 2009-34
League City, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, League City adopted Ordinance 2009-34, permitting flat roofs on limited service hotels and residence hotels projects are LEED certified or have substantive rooftop amenities such as gardens and restaurants. The ordinance was amended by Ordinance 2019-17, eliminating the LEED certification requirement after December 31, 2022.
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.
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.
City/Town
Amended
Chesapeake Administrative Regulation 4.18
Chesapeake, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Chesapeake adopted Administrative Regulation 4.18, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to encourage, but not require LEED certification.
County
Amended
Fairfax County Green Building Policy
Fairfax County, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Fairfax County adopted a Green Building Policy, which encourages residential, retail, office and other projects to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to encourage industrial buildings to follow LEED guidelines, and to raise the level of recommended LEED certification in high-density areas.