City of Berkeley - Green Building Standards for City Owned and Operated Projects (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of Berkeley - Green Building Standards for City Owned and Operated Projects
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Daylighting, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement All City-sponsored projects that enter design and construction after 2005 must meet a minimum LEED Silver rating

Date added to DSIRE 2007-03-14
Last DSIRE Review 2012-05-18

References DSIRE[1]


The Berkeley City Council adopted Resolution 62284 on November 18, 2003 requiring that all city-sponsored building projects receive LEED certification. Its incorporation occurred in two phases, first requiring city-sponsored projects entering design and construction after January 1, 2004 to meet a minimum LEED Certified rating; and then requiring city-sponsored projects started after January 1, 2006 to meet a minimum LEED Silver rating. The resolution is restricted to new construction or renovation projects funded by the city or located on city-owned land of 5,000 square feet or more of occupied space, which have a construction estimate of $200,000 or more in 2003 dollars. An exception is made for buildings deemed historic under any federal, state or local law, though they are encouraged to achieve as many LEED points as feasible. The city will also grant exemptions from the resolution for building projects which can demonstrate through life-cycle cost analysis that achieving LEED Silver would defeat the purpose of the resolution or create an unreasonable burden on the construction project or the City Department.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Billi Romain
Department City of Berkeley
Division Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Address 2180 Milvia Street
Address 2 2nd Floor
Place Berkeley, California
Zip/Postal Code 94704
Phone (510) 981-5436


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Resolution No. 62284-N.S.
Date Effective 2004-01-01
Date Enacted 2003-11-18

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"