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San Diego County - Design Standards for County Facilities   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/23/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Not Specified, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Equipment/Products:New construction and major renovations must install computerized energy management systems
Requirement:New construction and major renovations must obtain LEED Certification
New buildings over 5,000 square feet must meet 2.5% of annual energy consumption with on-site renewable energy
New buildings over 5,000 square feet must be designed to allow the installation of PV systems
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Board of Supervisors Policy No. G-15

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors established design standards for county facilities and property. Among other requirements,  the policy requires that all new county buildings or major building renovations obtain U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Building Certification. Renovations of over 5,000 square feet  are considered major renovations. New buildings and major renovations must also incorporate a computerized energy management that complies with the USGBC LEED Credit EA 5 - Measurement and Verification certification requirements.

New buildings of larger than 5,000 square feet must incorporate on-site renewable energy that will provide for at least 2.5% of its annual energy consumption. In addition, such buildings must also be constructed so that photovoltaic installations are possible.

  Facility Planning, Design and Construction
San Diego County
Department of General Services
Phone: (858) 694-3610
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