Town of Chapel Hill - Energy Conservation Requirements for Town Buildings (North Carolina)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place North Carolina

Name Town of Chapel Hill - Energy Conservation Requirements for Town Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Construction, Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Daylighting, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

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

Goal All town-owned buildings must be designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-02

References DSIRE[1]


The Town of Chapel Hill’s energy-conservation ordinance requires that all town-owned buildings be designed to achieve a goal of achieving a Silver level certification as defined by the Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

In order to be selected to design a town building, an architectural firm must have at least one LEED-accredited professional on the design team. For new construction and building additions required to achieve LEED certification under this ordinance, the town requires either the project architect or engineer to monitor the energy performance of the building and to assist the building's staff in optimizing energy use of the building during the first year.

Contract for project design services require the development of a commissioning plan as part of the construction documents. The commissioning plan must include provisions for initial commissioning upon completion of the construction project and provisions for a commissioning evaluation to take place after the building has a 12-month utility billing history.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name John Richardson
Department Town of Chapel Hill
Division Office of Sustainability
Address 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Place Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 27514-5705
Phone (919) 969-5075


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

Authority 1: Chapel Hill Code of Ordinances, Article VII, Sec. 5-121 et seq.

  • 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)"