Santa Clara County - Green Building Policy for County Government Buildings (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Additional Place applies to Santa Clara County
Name Santa Clara County - Green Building Policy for County Government Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

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

Requirement New Construction (5,000-25,000 sf): Must meet LEED Silver requirements

New Construction (>25,000 sf): Must be certified LEED Silver
Residential buildings (5,000-25,000 sf): Must meet LEED Silver or GreenPoint Rated requirements
Residential buildings (>25,000 sf): Must be certified LEED Silver or GreenPoint Rated


Last DSIRE Review 2012-09-24
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


In February 2006, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a Green Building Policy for all county-owned or leased buildings. The standards were revised again in September 2009.

All new buildings over 5,000 square feet are required to meet LEED Silver certification levels, but only buildings over 25,000 square feet must actually register and be certified by the USGBC. For buildings between 5,000 and 25,000 square feet, the building design and the LEED checklist must be reviewed by a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) or LEED Green Associate. The AP or Green Associate must be a registered engineer or architect and must have worked on at least 1 LEED certified building. County-owned residential buildings may use GreenPoint Rated Guidelines instead of LEED.

New buildings must also use renewable energy systems to the extent practicable, are subject to water demand, plumbing, landscaping, and storm water runoff requirements.

For leased buildings, administration will strive for LEED Existing Building: Operation and Maintenance (EB:O&M) and/or LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) as appropriate.

The County is also working to develop a LEED EB:O&M Initiative for all existing buildings.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Demetra J. McBride
Department Santa Clara County Executive's Office
Division Office of Sustainability
Address 70 W. Hedding Street
Address 2 East Wing, 11th Floor
Place San Jose, California
Zip/Postal Code 95110
Phone (408) 299-6413


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

Authority 1: Board of Supervisor's Policy Manual § 7.14

Date Enacted 02/22/2006 (subsequently amended)

Authority 2: Resolution #06-03
Date Effective 2006-02-22

  • 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)"