City of Houston - Green Building Requirements for New Municipal Structures (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name City of Houston - Green Building Requirements for New Municipal Structures
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 All new construction or major renovations of municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet must conform to LEED certification guidelines to the greatest extent practical. LEED Silver certification is set as a target level.

Date added to DSIRE 2008-03-14
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-20

References DSIRE[1]


In June 2004 the Houston City Council passed a resolution requiring adherence to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines in the construction or renovation of municipal buildings with more than 10,000 square feet of occupied space. The law sets no definitive certification requirement, instead requiring capital improvement projects to follow LEED principles "to the greatest extent practical and reasonable". The general target rating for the program is LEED Silver certification. Buildings owned, managed, or constructed by the Houston Airport System Department are exempt from this provision of Houston law. As of November 2012, a total of 32 city projects were pursuing LEED certification and 6 others were being designed and built to comply with LEED principles.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Humberto Bautista
Department City of Houston
Division General Services Department
Address Design and Construcation
Address 2 P.O. Box 1562
Place Houston, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 77251


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

Authority 1: City Resolution No. 2004-15
Date Effective 2004-06-23
Date Enacted 2004-06-23

  • 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)"