City of Los Angeles - Green Building Retrofit Requirement (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of Los Angeles - Green Building Retrofit Requirement
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Refrigerators, Roofs, CHP/Cogeneration, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

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

Requirement All city-owned properties over 7,500 square feet or constructed before 1978 must be retrofitted to meet LEED-EB silver standards or higher

Date added to DSIRE 2011-03-24
Last DSIRE Review 2013-03-18
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2009, Los Angeles enacted [ Ordinance 180636], known as the Green Building Retrofit Ordinance. This ordinance was later amended by Ordinance 182259. The law requires all city-owned buildings that are either more than 7,500 square feet or built before 1978 to be retrofitted. The goal of the retrofits will be to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings Silver certification or higher. This requirement is subject to the availability of state or federal funds. The Ordinance requires that at least half of the buildings retrofitted are located in high-poverty and high-unemployment areas, and that, to the extent feasible, all construction be performed by local residents.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Information
Department Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Division Sustainable Design Implementation Program
Address 111 North Hope Street

Place Los Angeles, California
Zip/Postal Code 90051
Phone (213) 367-1342


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

Authority 1: Ordinance No. 182259
Date Effective 2012-09-21
Date Enacted 2012-09-21

  • 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)"