Durham County - High-Performance Building Policy (North Carolina)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place North Carolina

Name Durham County - High-Performance Building Policy
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, Daylighting, Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, 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

Website http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cmo/sustainability/Pages/Home.aspx
Date added to DSIRE 2008-12-09
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-14

References DSIRE[1]


Durham County adopted a resolution in October 2008 that requires new non-school public buildings and facilities to meet high-performance standards. New construction of public buildings and facilities greater than 10,000 square feet must achieve a minimum rating of LEED* Gold or any comparable performance criteria. Buildings between 4,000 and up to 10,000 square feet must achieve a minimum rating of LEED Silver or any comparable performance criteria.

Additionally, renovations of non-school public buildings in excess of 25% of the building and comprising upgrades or replacements of two of the three major systems (HVAC, lighting and plumbing) must be able to achieve a minimum rating of LEED Certified or any comparable performance criteria. All other new construction, renovations, repairs, replacements, maintenance and operations of non-school public buildings must employ cost-effective, energy-efficient, green building practices to the maximum extent possible through the use of the USGBC LEED checklist or other comparable performance criterion in the planning, construction, renovation, maintenance and operation of the facility.

These building requirements were instituted in part to help the city and county governments of Durham meet their goal of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. The City of Durham and Durham County also have a goal to reduce the entire community's greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

In addition, the City of Durham adopted a Facilities Strategic Energy Conservation Policy in September 2009.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tobin Freid
Department Durham City and County

Phone (919) 560-7999

Email tfreid@co.durham.nc.us
Website http://www.durhamnc.gov/ghg

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

Authority 1: Durham County High Performance Building Policy

Date Enacted 2008-10-27

  • 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)"