City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Policy (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Policy
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Local Government, Residential
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Dehumidifiers, Dishwasher, Heat pumps, Lighting, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Biomass, Daylighting, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Ocean Thermal, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind, Office Equipment, Digester Gas
Active Incentive Yes

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

Requirement LEED "Silver" Level Certification; 15% minimum self-generation using renewable technologies

Date added to DSIRE 2004-11-16
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-27

References DSIRE[1]


The City of San Diego’s Sustainable Building Policy is directed by Council Policy 900-14. The policy contains regulations regarding building measures, private-sector incentives, health and resource conservation, outreach and education, and implementation.

Among the directives is a commitment that all new City facilities and major building renovation projects (over 5,000 sq. ft.) achieve LEED "Silver" Level Certification, and be constructed to be 15% more energy efficient than California's building code. In addition to achieving LEED Certification, Council Policy 900-14 states that newly constructed City facilities shall incorporate a minimum of 15% self-generation using renewable technologies when site factors allow for a reasonable payback. The policy also establishes requirements regarding water usage, indoor air quality, and the materials used in construction.

Additionally, Council Policy 900-18 requires the City of San Diego to purchase energy efficient equipment. All energy-consuming equipment purchased must meet either Energy Star specifications or criterion that puts products in the upper 25% of energy-efficiency, based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Information Specialist
Department San Diego Environmental Services Department
Division Energy Conservation and Management Division
Address 9601 Ridgehaven Ct.

Place San Diego, California
Zip/Postal Code 92123
Phone (858) 694-7000


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

Authority 1: City of San Diego Council Policy 900-14

Authority 2: City of San Diego Council Policy 900-18
Date Effective 2001-06-19

  • 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)"