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City of Plano - LEED Standard for Public Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Roofs, 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
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Goal:Attain the highest level of LEED certification possible
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Authority 1:
Date Effective:
City of Plano Policies and Procedures 430.000

As of January 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy to "finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, and maintain its facilities and buildings to be sustainable." This standard applies to new construction and major remodels. The City will use the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to determine what constitutes sustainable building by national standards. The City of Plano requires the highest level of LEED Certification possible for all city facilities.

LEED Certification points will be prioritized based on their ability to provide future energy savings, water conservation, waste reduction, and improved indoor air quality. Key factors to incorporate into the design include:

  • Use of passive solar energy
  • Natural lighting (day lighting) and adjustable lighting systems
  • Highly reflective roof and building exterior
  • Indoor Air Quality (low VOC materials and ventilation)
  • HVAC energy performance and efficiency
  • Use of on-site renewable energy
  • Waste minimization (recycling, reducing, reusing)
  • Water reclamation and conservation (rainwater harvesting, use of gray water, soil amendment, native or adapted landscape material, efficient irrigation system)

Return on investment will be considered when determining feasibility of implementing the above features. While pursuing the highest level of LEED certification (certified, silver, gold or platinum) possible, the level will be determined by the points gained in incorporating the prioritized list of features into the design of the building. Decisions will not be based on including features just to gain additional LEED points.

  Nancy Nevil
City of Plano
Sustainability & Environmental Services Dept.
1520 Avenue K
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (972) 769-4264
Web Site:
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