Salt Lake City - High Performance Buildings Requirement (Utah)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Utah

Name Salt Lake City - High Performance Buildings Requirement
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Commercial, Local Government, Multi-Family Residential
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
Active Incentive Yes

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

Requirement All city-owned building projects over 10,000 square feet must be LEED certified at the Silver level

Date added to DSIRE 2007-10-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-01

References DSIRE[1]


Salt Lake City's mayor issued an executive order in July 2005 requiring that all public buildings owned and controlled by the city be built or renovated to meet the requirements of LEED "silver" certification, at a minimum. A subsequent, related executive order was issued in January of 2006.

The Salt Lake City Council codified the requirements stated in the Executive Order in November 2006. The requirement applies to all new building projects over 10,000 square feet which are owned and operated by the city. The policy also affects the major renovation of public buildings when the work demolishes space down to the shell structure and rebuilds it with new walls, ceilings, floors and systems, and such work affects more than 25% of the building's square footage, and the affected space is at least 10,000 square feet.

In addition to city-owned buildings, private buildings that receive city funds now must be built to achieve LEED standards. To ensure that this requirement is met, all private sector developers, excluding nonprofit developers, who receive city funds for applicable building projects must submit a $10,000 "good faith" deposit with the city. The deposit will be refunded upon the building project receiving the applicable level of LEED certification or after a determination of substantial compliance.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name SLC Green
Department Community of Salt Lake City
Division Division of Sustainability and Environment
Address 451 S. State Street, Room 306

Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Zip/Postal Code 84111
Phone (801) 535-6470


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

Authority 1: Salt Lake City Code 18.95

  • 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)"