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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
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
San Francisco Municipal Code, Chapter 7, Section 705, Ordinance 88-04
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2004, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco adopted Ordinance 88-04, requiring all municipal new construction and major renovation projects exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was amended in 2011 to require public buildings to earn LEED Gold certification, prioritizing credits in stormwater management, indoor water use reduction, energy performance, renewable energy, commissioning, enhanced refrigerant management, construction debris management, IAQ management, low-emitting materials and indoor chemical, and pollutant source control. The policy also requires that a LEED AP be included on each design team.