City of San Jose - Municipal Green Building Program (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of San Jose - Municipal Green Building Program
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Institutional, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive No

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

Goal City of San José facilities and buildings over 10,000 sq.ft. should obtain Gold or Platinum LEED certification when possible

Requirement City of San José facilities and buildings over 10,000 sq.ft. must obtain LEED Silver Certification

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-06-21

References DSIRE[1]


In June, 2001, the San José City Council unanimously adopted the Green Building Policies as developed by the members of the community and various City Departments. Council’s approval of the Green Building Guidelines means all new construction and major retrofit projects of City of San José facilities and buildings over 10,000 gross square feet of occupied space shall earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating at a minimum, with a goal of earning Gold or Platinum certification.

Nine City projects were identified for early incorporation of the adopted Green Building Policy and to evaluate for potential cost impacts. These projects include eight Public Works projects (four branch libraries, three community centers, and the Civic Center) and one Redevelopment Agency project (Alum Rock Youth Center). The West Valley Branch Library was the first of these City projects to achieve LEED Certification.

The City of San Jose provides leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector planning, design, construction, management, renovation, operations, and demolition of buildings. They accomplish this by promoting the voluntary application of the San Jose Green Building Policy goals and the "San Jose LEED" Green Building Rating System.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Mary Tucker
Department City of San Jose
Division Environmental Services Department
Address 200 East Santa Clara Street, 10th Floor

Place San Jose, California
Zip/Postal Code 95113-1905
Phone (408) 975-2581


  • 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)"