City of Philadelphia - Energy Standards for Public Buildings (Pennsylvania)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name City of Philadelphia - Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Goal 30% reduction in municipal government energy use by 2015 (compared to 2008 levels)

Requirement New construction or major renovations in buildings over 10,000 square feet must be LEED Silver

Date added to DSIRE 2011-04-11
Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-02
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In 2009, the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability released a six-year plan, Greenworks Philadelphia, to become the greenest city in America. The plan sets 15 sustainability-related targets. Target 1 is a goal to decrease energy consumption by city government by 30% by 2015, compared to 2008 levels. This goal includes transportation fuel consumption. As part of this goal, Philadelphia enacted Bill Number 080025 in December 2009. The bill requires all new construction or major renovations to achieve LEED Silver certification if more than 50% of the design and construction costs are funded by the city. "Major renovations" are defined as "major HVAC renovation, significant building envelope modification and major interior rehabilitation that in total directly affect more than 50% of the gross floor area of an enclosed and conditioned building space." This requirement became effective on January 1, 2010. The city has also begun a number of other initiatives intended to help it meet the energy reduction target. The Greenworks web site contains detailed information on these initiatives and progress towards the target.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Katherine Gajewski
Department City of Philadelphia
Division Office of Sustainability

Phone (215) 686-4471


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

Authority 1: Bill No. 080025
Date Effective 2010-01-01
Date Enacted 2009-12-10

  • 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)"