Green building is an approach to design, construction and operations that conserves resources while it protects human health. Green buildings use less energy, consume fewer natural resources such as water and forest products, and emit fewer pollutants into the environment. The District is a national leader in green building which supports the vision set forth in the Sustainable DC Plan. By continually encouraging market transformation, funding research that promotes innovation, and collaborating with the community and private sector on best practices DC will remain a leader in protecting our planet.
Leadership in Green Building
- 1st city in the nation to pass a law, the Green Building Act of 2006, requiring green building certification for both the public and private sectors.
- 1st among large cities in LEED certified projects and square footage on a per capita basis.
- 1st among large cities in ENERGY STAR certified buildings and square footage on a per capita basis.
Green Building Policy
- Green Building Act of 2006 [PDF]
- District's Construction Code
- Green Building Advisory Council - Agenda and Minutes
- Green Building Reports [PDF]
- Building Innovation Hub
Green Building Fund Grant Program
The Department of Energy & Environment in collaboration with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has created a Green Building Fund Grant Program to support innovative projects to “green” the built environment in the District. Grant projects include those that concentrate on research, data analysis, training, or engagement that help the District lead the way in enacting innovative policies that drive toward greater social, environmental and economic sustainability for our city.
Green Building Resources
- Building Energy Performance Standards
- Energy Benchmarking
- Green Roofs in the District of Columbia: Learn more about the District’s green roof programs and inventory.
- Green Buildings Information Gateway: An international web-based tool, search engine and data platform for exploring and comparing the green buildings an DC and around the world.
- Energy Tips for Commercial Buildings
- Enterprise Green Communities: This organization oversees the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a green building standard for affordable housing.
- DCRA voluntary Net-Zero Energy: Program designed to help projects of all types and sizes meet the achievable and fulfilling goal of going Net-Zero.
- Building Innovation Hub
- Net-Zero Energy Buildings in the District
- U.S. Green Building Council: Oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.