Energy Acts

The Green Building Act of 2006 requires that all non-residential District public buildings meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards for environmental performance at the “Silver” level or higher. District owned or financed residential projects 10,000 square feet or larger must meet or exceed the Green Communities certification standard. Since January 2012, all new private development projects 50,000 square feet or larger are now required to meet LEED certification at the “Certified” level or higher.

On August 4, 2008, Mayor Adrian Fenty of the District of Columbia signed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (Act 17-0497). This legislation, sponsored by Councilwoman Mary Cheh, creates a process to select an independent company to design and manage energy conservation and renewable energy programs in the District of Columbia. This company became known as the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility, or DC:SEU. The act amends the Green Building Act of 2006, requiring buildings owned or operated by the District of Columbia to be benchmarked using the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager and to publicly post their rating on an online database.

To view the Green Building Act, please click the following link:
Green Building Act PDF

To view the Clean and Affordable Energy Act, please click the following link:
Clean and Affordable Energy Act PDF