City of Plano - LEED Standard for Public Buildings (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas
Name City of Plano - LEED Standard for Public Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Roofs, Biomass, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Goal Attain the highest level of LEED certification possible

Date added to DSIRE 2008-07-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-06-06

References DSIRE[1]


As of January 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy to "finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, and maintain its facilities and buildings to be sustainable." This standard applies to new construction and major remodels. The City will use the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to determine what constitutes sustainable building by national standards. The City of Plano requires the highest level of LEED Certification possible for all city facilities.

LEED Certification points will be prioritized based on their ability to provide future energy savings, water conservation, waste reduction, and improved indoor air quality. Key factors to incorporate into the design include:

  • Use of passive solar energy
  • Natural lighting (day lighting) and adjustable lighting systems
  • Highly reflective roof and building exterior
  • Indoor Air Quality (low VOC materials and ventilation)
  • HVAC energy performance and efficiency
  • Use of on-site renewable energy
  • Waste minimization (recycling, reducing, reusing)
  • Water reclamation and conservation (rainwater harvesting, use of gray water, soil amendment, native or adapted landscape material, efficient irrigation system)

Return on investment will be considered when determining feasibility of implementing the above features. While pursuing the highest level of LEED certification (certified, silver, gold or platinum) possible, the level will be determined by the points gained in incorporating the prioritized list of features into the design of the building. Decisions will not be based on including features just to gain additional LEED points.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Nancy Nevil
Department City of Plano
Division Sustainability and Environmental Services Dept.
Address 1520 Avenue K
Place Plano, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 75074
Phone (972) 769-4264


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

Authority 1: City of Plano Policies and Procedures 430.000
Date Effective 2007-03-31

  • 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)"