Baltimore - Green Building Requirements for City Buildings (Maryland)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Maryland
Name Baltimore - Green Building Requirements for City Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Requirement All new or extensively modified city buildings of at least 10,000 square in the FY 2009 capital budget must be LEED certified or equivalent and LEED Silver or equivalent for FY 2010 and thereafter.

Date added to DSIRE 2010-12-07
Last DSIRE Review 2010-12-07

References DSIRE[1]


In August 2007 the Baltimore City Council enacted Council Bill 07-0602 requiring that all new or extensively modified city buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger achieve minimum green building certifications beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. For FY 2009 capital projects the standard requires LEED certification* or the equivalent of LEED certification under another green building rating system. The standard becomes more stringent for projects in the FY 2010 capital budget or thereafter, which are required to achieve LEED Silver certification (or equivalent). Extensively modified is defined as a structural modification that alters more than 50% of the building's square footage, but does not include projects limited to one or more of the following building systems: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and fire suppression.

The enacted bill also contains green building requirements for city-subsidized and other non-residential private buildings.

*Click here for more information on the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Baltimore City Council Bill 07-0602
Date Effective 07/01/2008 (beginning of Fiscal Year 2009)
Date Enacted 2007-08-14

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  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"