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City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Policy

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Program Info
Sector Name 
Local
State 
California
Program Type 
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Summary 

The City of San Diego’s Sustainable Building Policy is directed by Council Policy 900-14. The policy contains regulations regarding building measures, private-sector incentives, health and resource conservation, outreach and education, and implementation.

Among the directives is a commitment that all new City facilities and major building renovation projects (over 5,000 sq. ft.) achieve LEED "Silver" Level Certification and be constructed to be 15% more energy efficient than California's building code. In addition to achieving LEED Certification, Council Policy 900-14 states that newly constructed City facilities shall incorporate a minimum of 15% self-generation using renewable technologies when site factors allow for a reasonable payback. The policy also establishes requirements regarding water usage, indoor air quality, and the materials used in construction.

Additionally, Council Policy 900-18 requires the City of San Diego to purchase energy efficient equipment. All energy-consuming equipment purchased must meet either Energy Star specifications or criterion that puts products in the upper 25% of energy-efficiency, based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Energy.