City of Austin - Green Building Requirement for City Projects (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name City of Austin - Green Building Requirement for City Projects
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

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

Requirement New construction and major renovations of city buildings costing 2 million or more and requiring work in 5 major LEED rating categories must achieve LEED Silver certification;

Requirement also applies to smaller renovations, interior finishing, and additions costing $300,000 or more and requiring work in 3 major LEED rating categories.

Date added to DSIRE 2007-03-26
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-16

References DSIRE[1]


The City Council of Austin passed a resolution (City Council Resolution No. 000608-43) in June 2000 requiring that all future building projects be built in accordance with the standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED*) Green Building Rating System, Silver Level. The resolution exempted any city building being designed at the time of the passing of the resolution, but required them to achieve the highest appropriate LEED rating without requiring additional appropriations from the City Council. The resolution further required the City Manager to evaluate the feasibility of requiring buildings maintained, leased or financed by the City to be operated and maintained in a way to improve indoor air quality and energy conservation.

In November 2007 this policy was updated with the adoption of City Council Resolution No. 20071129-045 which replaced and superseded the original policy. The revised policy sets two criteria for triggering the LEED Silver requirement for new construction and major renovations:

  • The project includes work in the five major LEED categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
  • The project has construction costs of $2 million or more

In addition, smaller renovations, additions, and interior finishings costing $300,000 or more and requiring work in the LEED energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality categories must also achieve LEED Silver certification at a minimum.

The 2007 resolution directed the City Manager to develop best practice design criteria for buildings that do not meet the trigger criteria described above. Furthermore, the City Manager was also directed to develop and implement sustainability policies for whole building operations, including provisions for energy use monitoring and reduction of building energy use.

In addition, the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance requires that by June 1, 2011 all non-industrial commercial buildings --including municipal buildings-- complete an energy rating using either the Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Portfolio Manager or the Austin Energy Business Energy Analysis rating tool.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Richard Morgan
Department Austin Energy

Address 721 Barton Springs Road

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78704-1194
Phone (512) 482-5309

Contact Name Kalpana Sutaria
Department City of Austin
Division Public Works Department
Address 505 Barton Springs Road, Suite 1300

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78704
Phone (512) 974-7225


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

Authority 1: Resolution No. 20071129-045

Date Enacted 2007-11-29

Authority 2: Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance, Ordinance Number 20081106-047
Date Effective 2009-06-01
Date Enacted 2008-11-06

  • 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)"