Green Building Requirement (District of Columbia)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place District of Columbia

Name Green Building Requirement
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Commercial, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
























Requirement New Public Buildings: New construction and major renovations must achieve LEED NC 2.2 or LEED CS 2.0 certification at the Silver level starting in Fiscal Year 2008.
New Public Schools: New construction and major renovations must meet LEED for Schools or equivalent certification level, or LEED for Schools Gold certification (if funding permits)
New Private, Non-Residential: New construction and major renovation of privately-owned non-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet must achieve the LEED NC, LEED CS, or LEED for Schools standard at the Certified level starting January 1, 2012. Aspirational goal of LEED for Schools Gold for educational facilities
Existing Buildings: buildings of 10,000+ sq. ft. must be benchmarked using the Energy Star Benchmarking tool by October 22, 2009 and annually thereafter
Existing Buildings: buildings of 10,000+ sq. ft. must be benchmarked using the Energy Star Benchmarking tool by October 22, 2009 and annually thereafter




















Website http://rrc.dc.gov/green/cwp/view,a,1231,q,460953.asp
Date added to DSIRE 2007-04-17
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-24



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

The District of Columbia City Council enacted B16-515 on December 5, 2006, establishing green building standards for public buildings and privately-owned commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. While many jurisdictions have adopted green building standards for public buildings, DC is among the first to make such requirements for privately-owned buildings. Subsequent legislation (the Healthy Schools Act of 2010) expanded provisions of the original law related to public schools and privately-owned educational facilities.

The new standards are phased in over the course of several years with publicly-owned buildings being the first required to comply. All new construction and substantial improvements of non-residential District owned or District instrumentality owned projects which were initially funded in Fiscal Year 2008 or later must achieve LEED NC* 2.2 or LEED CS 2.0 certification at the Silver level. Public Schools also are required to meet the requirements of LEED for Schools at the Certified level, or the equivalent under another green building rating system. To the extent that funding for construction or renovation is available public schools are required to meet LEED for Schools Gold level certification. And all public housing projects with 10,000 square feet of gross floor area or greater, will be required to fulfill or exceed the Green Communities 2006 standard or another equivalent standard.

Starting January 1, 2009, all new construction or major renovations to non-residential, private buildings of 50,000 square feet or more must submit a green building checklist outlining green features that will be pursued. New construction and major renovations to non-residential privately owned buildings started after January 1, 2012 will need to be verified as having fulfilled or exceeded the LEED NC, LEED CS, or LEED for Schools standard at the Certified level. For private "educational facilities", the law contains an aspirational goal of LEED for Schools Gold level certification. The District currently offers expedited permitting for LEED Gold certified projects as an incentive for private sector innovation.

In addition to the Green Building Requirements, in October 2008 D.C. enacted the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (B17-492), which established energy benchmarking requirements for government and private buildings. Starting in the fall of 2009, all government buildings must be benchmarked using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. Annual benchmarking for private buildings will be phased in over four years, starting on January 1, 2010. Public buildings' benchmarking will be completed by the start date for private buildings. The results will be made available to the public on the Internet through the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) website.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department District Department of the Environment
Division Energy Division
Address 2000 14th Street, NW, 300 East

Place Washington, District of Columbia
Zip/Postal Code 20009
Phone (202) 535-2600
Phone 2 (202) 724-4400

Email dceo@dc.gov
Website http://dceo.dc.gov
     
     

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

Authority 1: D.C. § 6-1451.01 et seq.
Date Effective 03/08/2007 (subsequently amended)
Date Enacted 2006-12-05


















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"