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City of Philadelphia - Energy Standards for Public Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/25/2014
Program Overview:
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Unspecified Technologies
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Goal:30% reduction in municipal government energy use by 2015 (compared to 2008 levels)
Requirement:New construction or major renovations in buildings over 10,000 square feet must be LEED Silver
All new construction in the city are required to install cool roofs that exceed ENERGY STAR cool roof standards
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Bill No. 080025

In 2009, the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability released a six-year plan, Greenworks Philadelphia, to become the greenest city in America. The plan sets 15 sustainability-related targets. Target 1 is a goal to decrease energy consumption by city government by 30% by 2015, compared to 2008 levels. This goal includes transportation fuel consumption.

As part of this goal, Philadelphia enacted Bill Number 080025 in December 2009. The bill requires all new construction or major renovations to achieve LEED Silver certification if more than 50% of the design and construction costs are funded by the city. "Major renovations" are defined as "major HVAC renovation, significant building envelope modification and major interior rehabilitation that in total directly affect more than 50% of the gross floor area of an enclosed and conditioned building space." This requirement became effective on January 1, 2010. The law also requires that ll new construction in the city to require coool roofs that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR cool roof standards. The city has also begun a number of other initiatives intended to help it meet the energy reduction target. The Greenworks web site contains detailed information on these initiatives and progress towards the target.

  Katherine Gajewski
City of Philadelphia
Office of Sustainability
Phone: (215) 686-4471
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