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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. Because they are designed to make use of natural light and good ventilation, green buildings provide a healthier indoor environment for their occupants. Studies show that students in green buildings learn better and workers in green buildings are more productive.
- The District was the first city in the nation to require new privately constructed buildings to meet LEED standards, thanks to the Green Building Act of 2006.
- The District has more LEED certified and ENERGY STAR ceritfied square footage per capita than any other large city in the United States.
Green Building Policy
- Green Building Act of 2006 [PDF]
- Green Building Advisory Council - Agenda and Minutes
- Green Building Reports [PDF]
- District's Green Construction Code [PDF]: On March 28, 2014, the District of Columbia adopted the 2013 DC Construction Codes, making the District, once again, a leader in the nation on green building and sustainability practices.
Green Building Fund Grant Program
DDOE has created a Green Building Fund Grant Program to support innovative projects to “green” the built environment in the District. In fiscal year 2013, we funded three projects:
- Zero Energy/Water and Living Building Challenge Cost/Benefit Analysis
- Assessing the Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies
- Green Building Manual: Green Building Resources, Document Submittal Templates, and Green Building Roadmap
Green Building Resources
- Guide to Green Buildings [PDF]: The District’s “Guide to Green Buildings” contains principles, practices, and resources that help make sustainable, green development part of our everyday practice.
- U.S. Green Building Council: Oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
- Green Buildings Overview - Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
- Green Building Pamphlet [PDF]: DHCD - Outlines green building resources and information about DHCD's role in the green building process.
- Greening the Washington Metropolitan Region's Built Environment: A report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that contains information about green building benefits.