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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Austin - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Requirement:New construction and major renovations of city buildings costing $2 million or more and requiring work in 5 major LEED rating categories must achieve LEED Silver certification;
Requirement also applies to smaller renovations, interior finishing, and additions costing $300,000 or more and requiring work in 3 major LEED rating categories.
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Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Resolution No. 000608-43
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Resolution No. 20071129-045
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 20081106-047

LEED Silver Building Requirement

The City Council of Austin passed a resolution (Resolution No. 000608-43) in June 2000 requiring that all future building projects be built in accordance with the standard of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver.

In November 2007 this policy was revised (Resolution No. 20071129-045) to set two criteria for triggering the LEED Silver requirement for new construction and major renovations:

  • the project includes work in the five major LEED categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality, and
  • the project has construction costs of $2 million or more.

In addition, smaller renovations, additions, and interior finishing costing $300,000 or more and requiring work in the LEED energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality categories must also achieve LEED Silver certification at a minimum.

Energy Rating Disclosure

All non-industrial commercial buildings—including civic buildings—are also required to complete an energy rating using either the Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Portfolio Manager or the Austin Energy Business Energy Analysis rating tool if the building is at least 10 years old as of June 1, 2009 (Ordinance No. 20081106-047). A copy of the energy rating calculation must be made available to a prospective purchaser of a building. 

  Kalpana Sutaria
City of Austin
Public Works Department
505 Barton Springs Road, Suite 1300
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 974-7225
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