City of Houston - Green Building Requirements for New Municipal Structures (Texas)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|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|
|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|
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.
|Contact Name||Humberto Bautista|
|Department||City of Houston|
|Division||General Services Department|
|Address||Design and Construcation|
|Address 2||P.O. Box 1562|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||City Resolution No. 2004-15|
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