City of Asheville - Efficiency Standards for City Buildings (North Carolina)

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Place North Carolina
Name City of Asheville - Efficiency Standards for City Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Goal Achieve a 2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions each year through conservation, technology and behavior change, using 2001-02 as the baseline year

Achieve an 80% reduction from baseline year 2001-02 greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Requirement New city-occupied buildings greater than 5,000 sq. feet must achieve LEED "Gold" standard; city-occupied buildings less than 5,000 sq. feet must achieve LEED "Silver" standard

Date added to DSIRE 2007-04-26
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-09
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2007, the Asheville City Council adopted carbon emission reduction goals and set LEED standards for new city buildings. The council committed to reducing carbon emissions by 2% per year until the city reaches an 80% reduction from baseline year 2001-02 emissions. To work towards this goal, the council also resolved that all new occupied city-owned buildings greater than 5,000 square feet will adhere to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified "Gold" standard. New city buildings less than 5,000 square feet will achieve the LEED "Silver" standard.

The resolution requires city planners to strive for the highest LEED certification possible when project resources and conditions permit. Buildings greater than 5,000 square feet must meet an energy savings payback period of 10 years or less. If the payback period exceeds 10 years, city planners must instead construct the facility to meet the LEED "Silver" standard.

The City Council adopted a Sustainability Management Plan in June 2009 to aid the city in reaching its carbon reduction goals. The City is currently wrapping up a four year program to change all streetlights to LEDs. When complete, the project is expected to save $650,000 annually.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Maggie Ullman
Department City of Asheville
Division Office of Sustainability

Place Asheville, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 28801
Phone (828) 271-6141


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

Authority 1: Asheville City Resolutions 07-90, 07-91
Date Effective 2007-04-24
Date Enacted 2007-04-24

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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