Green and Energy Third Party Program
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Green Building Division has integrated the review and inspection of the DC Energy Conservation Code and Green Construction Code into the DC Third Party Program. All new Notice of Intent (NOI) applications may indicate an approved Third Party Agency (TPA) for either plan review or inspections.
All new NOIs for plan review will be required to indicate an approved agency to conduct an "energy review" and "green review" at plan review. All TPAs must meet all qualifications in order to participate in the Green and Energy Third Party Program. For more detailed instructions on the Notice of Intent process for plan review and inspections, see "Resources" below.
Approved Energy and Green Third Party Agencies
All TPAs must be approved to participate as part of the Green and Energy Third Party Program. To view a list of the approved agencies, click here. Participating agencies must comply with the following terms:
- Must attend or have attended DCRA-led Green and Energy Third Party training for relative discipline (see below).
- Must provide evidence and/or obtain the minimum qualifications (for each discipline as applicable).
- If you are not already a registered TPA in the DCRA Third Party Program, please follow the new Agency guidelines in the DCRA Third Party Program Manual.
If your company is interested in becoming an approved Agency, please review terms and contact email@example.com
Green and Energy third party Training
DCRA has hosted mandatory Green Code and Energy Code training for TPAs interested in participating in the program. DCRA hosted make-up trainings in July 2017 and intends to hold additional make-up trainings every 6 months. If you cannot attend but are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for third party agencies and owners
The following resources are for Third Party Agencies and Owners to help navigate new processes and protocols.
- Third Party Green/Energy Plan Review Process: This page describes the updated Notice of Intent (NOI) process for Third Party Plan Review, including the Green Determination Request and building permit take.
- Third Party Green/Energy Inspection: This page describes the updated Notice of Intent (NOI) process for Third Party Inspections.
- Certificate of Occupancy: This page describes the third party green/energy requirements and responsibilities at certificate of occupancy review.
Third Party Green and energy code Plan Review Process
The following section provides official guidance on the new process for third party plan review to the Green Construction Code and Energy Conservation Code. Information is presented in chronological order. Please email email@example.com with any questions. Click here for additional information on the DCRA Third Party Program.
Step 1: Green Determination Request
DCRA strongly recommends the Owner complete and submit a Green Determination Request to the DCRA Green Building Division prior to submitting the NOI. This allows for a timely review of the NOI, clear design guidance for the project team, and clear guidance for the Third Party Agency (TPA) on their role in the "green review." The Green Determination Request can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and is typically turned around in 1 week.
Step 2: Submitting Notice of Intent to use Third Party Plan Review Agency
The Owner or Owner’s Representative submits a Notice of Intent (NOI) to use a TPA. As part of the NOI submittal, the applicant includes a completed and signed Green Determination Request.
Step 3A: Energy Review Process
A TPA must complete the energy review for every project. Use the following guidance on how to complete an energy review.
- Review to the current DC Energy Conservation Code (IECC or ASHRAE 90.1),
- Ensure the appropriate Energy Verification Sheet is filled out correctly, is located in the drawing set, and referenced in the drawing index,
- Reference and apply the Energy Code Reference Guide (when available)
- Reference and apply Energy Code Interpretations
- Collect and review all necessary documentation relative to the drawings, such as but not limited to:
- Interior and Exterior Lighting Power Density calculations via COMCheck
- Envelope COMCheck, as applicable
- Load Sizing Calculations
- Energy Model Inputs and Outputs
- Architectural and Manufacturer Specifications, as applicable
If the primary TPA is not approved to conduct energy review, an approved TPA must be subcontracted by the primary TPA or the Owner must file a separate NOI with an approved TPA for energy review. A list of approved TPA's can be found here.
Step 3B: Green Review Process
Based on the Green Determination Request, an approved TPA must adhere to the following procedures. If the primary TPA is not approved to conduct green review an approved TPA must be subcontracted by the primary TPA or the Owner must file a separate NOI with an approved TPA for green review. A list of approved TPA's can be found here.
Projects required to comply with the Green Code will need to specify which pathway they are choosing at the time of the NOI. Depending on the pathway, the following is required when a complete third party plan review and files for a permit. Please note, projects required to comply with the DC Green Building Act will have a green review conducted by DCRA.
- Green Construction Code (GCC):
- Complete a Green and Energy Code Compliance Sheet (GECS).
- Complete a holistic review to the DC Green Construction Code (additional guidance coming soon).
- Alternative Compliance with LEED:
- Grant DCRA access to the LEED Online account to email@example.com.
- LEED online Scorecard should indicate the minimum number of points are being attempted.
- DCRA will review to ensure that the correct rating system has been chosen and Scorecard is acceptable.
- In the case of LEED for Homes and LEED for Homes Multifamily, provide a LEED Scorecard and the signed contract with the LEED Green Rater.
- Alternate Compliance with Enterprise Green Communities:
- Alternate Compliance with ICC-700 and Energy Star:
- Provide a filled out Green Scoring Tool.
- Provide a signed contract with the NGBS Verifier.
- Alternate Compliance with ASHRAE 189.1:
- Complete a holistic review to ASHRAE 189.1.
Step 4: Building Permit Intake
The project comes in for their building permit. The Owner is required to submit the following documents:
- Plan Review Deficiency Report in compliance with the current Third Party Program Manual.
- Items outlined in Step 3, as applicable.
- Upload relevant supporting documents to ProjectDOX (e.g. energy model, COMCheck, load sizing calculations).
Step 5: DCRA Quality Oversight
After building permit intake, DCRA will administer the oversight protocol of the Third Party Agency, Professional-in-charge and plan reviewer in accordance with the Manual. If the project is found to not be in compliance DCRA will:
- Hold for Comments (HFC) on the current submission and have the design team correct the issue.
- Send feedback to Third Party Review Agency for lessons learned.
- Record errors associated with the review and apply disciplinary measures per the Manual.
Third Party Green and Energy Code Inspections Process
As of March 15, 2017 project teams and owners have the option of using approved agencies for energy and green inspections. It is the third party’s responsibility to adhere to the requirements laid out at the mandatory green building division administered trainings. The following provides an overview of the third party green and energy code inspections process.
Starting on June 28, 2018 Third Party Inspection Agencies may use Accela Mobile Office(AMO) to request Green Construction Code(GCC) inspection authorizations, schedule GCC Inspections, and attach GCC inspection related documents. This is an alignment of the GCC inspection process with the existing AMO process for construction related inspections. As of 90 days from June 28 all projects must submit GCC inspection authorizations, schedule GCC inspections and submit GCC inspection related documents on AMO.
The agency must submit a request for authorization to conduct GCC and ECC inspections on each project number. Upon inspection authorization the third party inspection agency may conduct inspections.
In addition to submitting a request for inspection authorization, third party inspection agencies must notify the Green Building Division of upcoming green and energy inspections.
Inspectors verify that the construction complies with the building code. The Energy Verification Sheet (EVS) includes a list of applicable DC Energy Conservation Code (ECC) elements which were identified during plan review and serve as an inspection checklist at time of Insulation and Final Energy Inspection. The EVS will help the building team and the inspector start off on the same page at each stage.
The following are mandatory inspections for all projects subject to the (ECC):
1. Insulation Inspection: at the time of the first Building Insulation Inspection or after Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Rough inspections are complete but prior to installing drywall.
2. Energy Final Inspection: at the time of Building Final Inspection or after finishes, plumbing fixtures, and light controls are installed.
Green inspections are required on projects subject to the Green Construction Code (GCC) that have elected to pursue the GCC or ASHRAE 189.1 compliance pathways. Green inspections include a Green Demolition, Green Rough, and Green Final Inspection. When demolition is not part of a project's scope of work a Green Demolition Inspection is not required. Similarly, if a project is only performing demolition then a Green Rough-In and Green Final Inspection is not required.
The following clarifies when each inspection must be conducted.
1. Demolition Inspection: at the time of indoor air quality plan implementation but prior to starting construction activities likely to produce dust or odors.
2. Green Rough-In Inspection: at the time of the first Building Insulation Inspection or after Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Rough Inspections are complete but prior to installing drywall.
3. Green Final Inspection: at the time of Building Final Inspection or after finishes, plumbing fixtures, and light controls are installed.
The Green and Energy Compliance System (GECS) includes a list of applicable Green Construction Code (GCC) elements which were identified during plan review and serve as an inspection checklist at time of Green Demolition, Green Rough-in, and Green Final Inspection. While the inspector may identify any unaddressed code requirements, the generated GECS inspection checklist will help both the building team and the inspector start off on the same page at each inspection.
Supporting documentation shall be required of some ECC projects and all GCC projects. This includes but is not limited to: product submittals, manufacturers’ literature, and testing results. The following are among the most commonly collected ECC and GCC documents:
- Building Envelope Air Leakage Test Result
- Duct Leakage Test Result
- Indoor Air Quality Plan
- Construction Waste Management Summary and Tickets
- Commissioning Report
- Material Selection Calculation
DCRA QUALITY ASSURANCE
DCRA will administer the oversight protocol of the third party agency, professional-in-charge and inspector in accordance with the Third Party Manual. If the project is found to not be in compliance DCRA will:
1. Send feedback to third party review agency for lessons learned.
2. Record errors associated with the review and apply disciplinary measures per the Manual.
Archive- Third Party Inspection Process
Information coming soon
Certificate of Occupancy Process for Third Party Projects
Third party plan review and inspection projects are subject to the same review as non-third party projects. The Green Building Division verifies inspections have been approved and documents have been approved. All third party inspection results and documents should be sent to the assigned DCRA point of contact for your agency or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for additional information on the Certificate of Occupancy Process.