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Green Requirements

Applicability of Green Requirements

Green Building Act

Projects subject to the Green Building Act are required to pursue the applicable LEED Standard or Enterprise Green Communities at varying levels (certified, silver or gold).  These projects include the following (the following is intended as a summary; please refer to the Green Building Act and associated regulations for further details):

  1. A project that is new construction or a substantial improvement and, is either: a District-owned, District Instrumentality-owned, District-financed, or District instrumentality-financed, where the financing represents at least 15 percent of the project’s total cost; AND satisfies one of the following:
    • Project of Educational Group E
    • Project containing Residential occupancies of 10,000 square feet (929 m2) or more of gross floor area
    • Interior construction of a mixed use space at least 50,000 contiguous square feet (4645 m2) of gross floor area in a Residential project
    • Interior tenant fit-out alteration involving the alteration of 30,000 square feet (2787 m2) or more of gross floor area
    • Interior tenant fit-out in new construction involving spaces of 30,000 square feet (2787 m2) or more of gross floor area.
    • Projects not described above, and with less than 50% of gross floor area containing Residential Group R occupancies.
       
  2. A project that is new construction or a substantial improvement and is privately owned where less than 15 percent of the project’s total project cost is District financed; AND satisfies one of the following:
    • Non-residential projects of 50,000 square feet (4645 m2) or more of gross floor area
    • Interior construction of a mixed use space at least 50,000 contiguous square feet (4645 m2) of gross floor area in a Residential project.

Determine if the project is required to comply with the Green Building Act and what level you need to certify to using the following documents:

 

Required Documents for all Projects Meeting the Green Building Act

  • Fill out the green building questions on the Online Permit Application Intake (OCPI)
  • Provide plans and supporting documents in sufficient detail and clarity to show compliance with the relevant green construction practices as required for the compliance path selected

 

Required Documents for Seeking LEED Certification

If certifying with Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI):

  • Provide evidence of project registration with USGBC.
    • Grant Green Plan Reviewer (GPR) read-only access to the project’s LEED Online Account
    • If requesting DCRA Verification
  • Put in formal request to the GPR to set up next steps
    • Submit Preliminary LEED Scorecard

For more information on LEED and its requirements, visit the United States Green Building Council online at: www.usgbc.org/leed

 

Required Documents for Seeking Green Communities Certification

If certifying with Enterprise:

  • Submit the Prebuild Approval Notification from Enterprise
  • Grant Green Plan Reviewer (GPR) access to the project’s online Enterprise Online Account

If requesting DCRA Verification:

  • Put in formal request to the reviewer to set up next steps
  • Submit a copy of the Enterprise “Intended Methods” checklist
  • Submit energy model demonstrating compliance with the appropriate energy performance path, or a signed statement demonstrating compliance with the appropriate energy prescriptive path.

For more information on Green Communities and its requirements, visit Enterprise online at: greencommunitiesonline.org

 

Energy Star Benchmarking Requirements

All non-residential new building projects greater than 10,000 square feet are required to satisfy this requirement at the permitting stage by submitting the report demonstrating the project is designed to achieve 75 points or greater on the EPA Energy Performance Rating scale.

Go to ENERGY STAR’s website to begin the process.

If you have questions on Green Building or the requirements for your project please contact the Green Building Division at green.building@dc.gov.

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