Washington DC: District of Columbia Green Building Act

Green building is an integral part of the District’s sustainable development strategy.

The Green Building Act of 2006 requires that all District public buildings meet the US Green Building  Council’s LEED certification standards for environmental performance. The  District supports private sector innovation by expediting LEED Gold-level  projects through the permitting process. By 2012, all new private development  projects will be required to meet LEED certification.

Green building is an approach to buildings design, construction and operations that conserves resources while it protects human health. Green buildings use less energy, consume fewer natural resources such as water and forest products, and emit fewer pollutants into the environment. Because they are designed to make use of natural light and good ventilation, green buildings provide a healthier indoor environment for their occupants. Studies show that students in green buildings learn better and workers in green buildings are more productive.

Related Links:

Green Building Act of 2006*
Green Building Fact Sheet*:  Prepared by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to give an overview of requirements and resources related to the Green Building Act of 2006
Guide to Green Buildings*: The District’s “The Guide to Green Buildings” contains principles, practices, and resources that  help make sustainable, green development part of our everyday practice – for  both new construction and renovations.

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