City of San Francisco - Green Building Requirement for City Buildings (California)

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Place California
Name City of San Francisco - Green Building Requirement for City Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement Projects over 5,000 square feet must be registered LEED Silver

Projects less than 5,000 square feet must achieve the maximum LEED points practicable.

Date added to DSIRE 2008-08-26
Last DSIRE Review 2012-09-28
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In 2004, San Francisco amended Chapter 7 of the San Francisco Environment Code. Chapter 7 was previously limited to identifying several prescriptive measures that must be adopted by City buildings to address water conservation, energy efficiency through lighting retrofits, increased indoor air quality, and on-site recycling. The 2004 amendments, among other things, require all new municipal construction and major renovation projects to achieve LEED certification at the Silver level. This requirement applies to all city buildings 5,000 square feet or larger. Building projects less than 5,000 square feet are encouraged to achieve the highest practicable LEED score.

Chapter 7 of the Environment Code also created the Resource Efficient Building (REB) Task Force, an inter-agency advisory body to guide the development of City green building standards, to provide oversight to the implementation of these standards, and to promote communication among City departments regarding green building issues.

To help City Departments comply with the law, the City has developed a Municipal Green Building Compliance Guide.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department SF Environment
Address 11 Grove Street
Place San Francisco, California
Zip/Postal Code 94102
Phone (415) 355-3700


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

Authority 1: San Francisco Environment Code, Chapter 7
Date Enacted 2004-05-27

  • 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)"