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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Dallas - 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:LEED Silver Certification: All new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet (2003 Bond Program and thereafter)
LEED Gold Certification: Public Works and Transportation facilities (2006 Bond Program and thereafter)
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Date Enacted:
Dallas City Council Resolution 03-0367

In 2003, the Dallas City Council passed a resolution requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification standards. In 2006 the green building program policy was updated, increasing the requirement for new city-funded public works and transportation facilities under the 2006 bond program to LEED Gold Certification.

The first building completed under this policy was the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, which obtained LEED Silver certification in December 2005. As of October 2014, Dallas has 26 LEED certified facilities: 14 silver (includes 1 LEED EB), 10 gold, 1 platinum, and 1 certified. Renovations and rehabilitation projects are also directed to use LEED principles to the greatest extent that they are reasonable and practical.

The Dallas City Council has also enacted green building requirements for new residential and commercial development. 

  Zaida Basora, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
City of Dallas Public Works Department
Facilities Architecture and Engineering
320 E. Jefferson Blvd., Room 321
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: (214) 948-5360
  Meenal Chauk
Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction
320 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: (214) 948-4354
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