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Commercial Green Building
Commercial Green Building Regulations* apply to new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings or additions greater than 7,500 gsf, or alterations of more than 50% of gsf (if the altered area is at least 7,500 gsf). 

*The City is willing to consider alternative methods of compliance, such as other rating systems or building codes, so long as they are deemed equivalent in spirit and stringency to the rating system, code or program referenced. The applicant must demonstrate equivalency to the City and develop acceptable compliance documentation.

Requirements for building permit applications after July 1, 2015

1. Review and submit the Green Requirements Supplemental Form (version 2015) to determine what is required for your project.

2. Depending on the project type, each plan submittal is required to demonstrate compliance with either the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) (as amended through the City's 2015 Green Building Regulations), ASHRAE 189.1, or the 2012 National Green Building Standards (ICC 700-2012).  

3. Prior to building permits, provide supplemental information on Appendix A project electives, energy report, waste management report, indoor air quality management plan and commissioning plan demonstrating compliance with the IgCC.

4. Prior to occupancy, provide commissioning report and letter certifying owner receipt of building operations and maintenance documents.

Requirements for building permit applications prior to July 1, 2015

1.  Review and submission of the Green Requirements Supplemental Form (version 2012) to determine what is required for your project.

2. Depending on the project type, applicants will be required to submit one of the following checklists with supplemental materials for each credit to comply with the 2012 Green Building Regulations. The checklist must be completed by a LEED Accredited Professional as part of their plan submittals. Having a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) on the project team facilitates an integrated design process and submission of the appropriate LEED credit checklist, or equivalent, with each submittal to the City.

It is highly recommended that the project design team utilize the services of a LEED Accredited Professional from the outset to help evaluate green building options.

3. New Construction and Core & Shell buildings must demonstrate how the project will obtain at least 25 LEED points (where 40 out of 110 possible points is Certified), with at least 5 points earned from a list of 13 local priority credits:
  • SS C5.1    Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat
  • SS C5.2    Site Development- Maximize Open Space
  • SS C6.1    Stormwater Design- Quantity Control
  • SS C6.2    Stormwater Design- Quality Control
  • SS C7.1    Heat Island- Non-roof
  • SS C7.2    Heat Island- Roof
  • WE C2:     Innovative Wastewater Technology
  • WE C3:     Water Use Reduction
  • EA C1:      Optimize Energy Performance
  • EA C2:      On-site Renewable Energy
  • EA C6:      Green Power
  • MR C1.1    Building Reuse-Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
  • MR C2:     Construction Waste Management- 50%

4. Commercial Interior projects must demonstrate how they will obtain at least 10 LEED points (where 40 out of 110 possible points is certified).

5. Certain building components (ceiling fans, ventilation fans, programmable thermostats and exit signs) shall meet or exceed U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR requirements.

6. Optimization of lighting system energy performance is required for common areas, corridors, lobbies, stairwells, fitness rooms, etc.

7. Building manuals must be provided to the owner, occupant, or tenant that explain the intent, benefits, use, and maintenance of green building features.

Planning and Development Review
Bobby Ray
Planner III
Ph: 240-314-8227

Building Plans and Permits
Robert Purkey
Ph: 240-314-8261

General Green Building Information
Erica Shingara
Ph: 240-314-8872