City of Dallas - Green Building Requirements for Municipal Buildings (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name City of Dallas - Green Building Requirements for Municipal Buildings
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 LEED Silver Certification: All new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet (2003 Bond Program and thereafter)

LEED Gold Certification: Public Works and Transportation facilities (2006 Bond Program and thereafter)

Date added to DSIRE 2007-10-05
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-17

References DSIRE[1]


In 2003 the Dallas City Council passed a resolution requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet LEED Silver Certification standards. In 2006 the green building program policy was updated, increasing the requirement for new city-funded public works and transportation facilities under the 2006 bond program to LEED Gold Certification. The update also added additional requirements for water use reduction (20%) and optimizing energy performance (3 points, 1 point above mandatory certification minimum) for these facilities.

The first building completed under this policy was the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, which obtained LEED Silver certification in December 2005. As of the summer of 2010 the city had completed almost 24 green facilities under the program, with an additional 26 in various stages of construction. Renovations and rehabilitation projects are also directed to use LEED principles to the greatest extent that they are reasonable and practical.

The Dallas City Council adopted green building standards for private developments in April 2008 for new construction beginning in 2009 and subsequently amended some of these requirements in later years.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Lloyd Denman, P.E.
Department Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction
Division Building Inspection
Address 320 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Address 2 Room 200
Place Dallas, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 75203
Phone (214) 948-4354

Contact Name Zaida Basora, AIA, LEED AP
Department City of Dallas Public Works Department
Division Facilities Architecture and Engineering
Address 320 E. Jefferson Blvd., Room 321

Place Dallas, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 75203
Phone (214) 948-5360



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

Authority 1: Dallas City Council Resolution 03-0367

Date Enacted 2003-01-22

Authority 2: 2006 Policy Update
Date Effective 2006 Bond Program

Authority 3: City of Dallas Green Building Guidebook

  • 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)"