RESOURCES

POLICY PRECEDENTS

POLICY PRECEDENTS

Local policy implementation should be informed by an analysis of each city’s specific conditions including its building stock, energy use and emissions profiles, future climate conditions, and utility fuel mix and infrastructure, and should apply a climate equity lens after an evaluation of city and community goals for equity and resilience. However, the following policy precedents can provide inspiration and guidance on achieving successful policy implementation:

POLICY FACTORS:

  • Existing and anticipated building stock composition (use types, sizes)
  • Building energy consumption and emissions profiles
  • Utility grid fuel mix and emissions profile
  • Future climate conditions
  • Community equity and resilience goals

San Francisco Better Roofs

San Francisco is the first U.S. city to mandate solar and living roofs on most new construction.
November 28, 2018/by arch2030

San Francisco 100% Renewable Electricity for Large Commercial

All commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet will be powered with renewable electricity by 2030.
April 29, 2019/by arch2030

Portland Deconstruction of Buildings Law

This addition to city building code requires that affected single-family residential homes be deconstructed rather than demolished.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

NYC Building GHG Emissions Limits (Local Law 97)

This bill establishes greenhouse gas emissions limits for existing buildings and retro-commissioning requirements for certain buildings over 25,000 square feet.
November 26, 2018/by arch2030

Norway’s Statsbygg Requirements

A mandatory carbon cap requires all Norwegian government properties to demonstrate a 30% carbon reduction (including embodied and operational carbon as well as biogenic carbon and emissions from transport, land use and land change) against a baseline of the current Norwegian average.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

Marin County Low-Carbon Concrete Code

An amendment to the Marin County Building Code specifies low-carbon concrete for all public and private construction involving concrete in Marin County.
November 30, 2018/by arch2030

LA Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling and Reuse Policy

Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) must give preference to recyclable and recycled products in the selection of construction materials during design and construction.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

Germany Renewable Energy Heat Act

The Renewable Energy Heat Act requires the use of renewable energy for space and hot water heating in new buildings.
August 8, 2019/by arch2030

Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act

100% of Washington, D.C.'s electricity from come from renewable power by 2032, with building efficiency requirements for new and existing buildings.
November 28, 2018/by arch2030

City of Vancouver Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments

Large developments must meet requirements for ongoing waste reduction, increased diversion of products and materials from the waste stream, sustainable site design, green mobility, water management, affordable housing, and more.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

City of Vancouver Green Buildings Policy for Rezoning

All buildings seeking rezoning permits must meet Near Zero Emissions Buildings or Low Emissions Green Building requirements.
October 1, 2020/by arch2030

California Solar for New Residential

On-site solar requirements for new residential construction are the first in the nation and will go into effect in 2020.
February 1, 2019/by arch2030

Burlington Time of Sale Energy Efficiency Ordinance

Mandated cost-effective minimum energy efficiency standards enforced when rental buildings are sold.
April 29, 2019/by arch2030

Boulder SmartRegs

SmartRegs requires all licensed rental housing in the City of Boulder to meet a basic energy efficiency standard as a component of the rental license approval process.
October 8, 2019/by arch2030

Boston Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

Medium and large buildings are required to report annual energy and water use and complete a major energy or emissions action every 5 years.
January 9, 2020/by arch2030

Berkeley Prohibition of Natural Gas Infrastructure in New Buildings

This citywide ordinance bans natural gas infrastructure in new construction.
August 8, 2019/by arch2030

Berkeley CA RECO

Replaced in 2015, RECO originally required homeowners to complete basic water and energy upgrades prior to sale.
November 28, 2018/by arch2030

AB 262: Buy Clean California Act

Embodied carbon policy that requires facility-specific EPDs and will establish a maximum acceptable GWP for each category of material.
November 30, 2018/by arch2030

(Proposed) The Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act (LECCLA)

LECCLA will incentivize low carbon concrete ingredients through a discount rate on bids for state and state-funded construction projects.
February 1, 2021/by arch2030

Portland Deconstruction of Buildings Law

This addition to city building code requires that affected single-family residential homes be deconstructed rather than demolished.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

City of Vancouver Green Buildings Policy for Rezoning

All buildings seeking rezoning permits must meet Near Zero Emissions Buildings or Low Emissions Green Building requirements.
October 1, 2020/by arch2030

Boston Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

Medium and large buildings are required to report annual energy and water use and complete a major energy or emissions action every 5 years.
January 9, 2020/by arch2030

Boulder SmartRegs

SmartRegs requires all licensed rental housing in the City of Boulder to meet a basic energy efficiency standard as a component of the rental license approval process.
October 8, 2019/by arch2030

Burlington Time of Sale Energy Efficiency Ordinance

Mandated cost-effective minimum energy efficiency standards enforced when rental buildings are sold.
April 29, 2019/by arch2030

San Francisco 100% Renewable Electricity for Large Commercial

All commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet will be powered with renewable electricity by 2030.
April 29, 2019/by arch2030

Berkeley CA RECO

Replaced in 2015, RECO originally required homeowners to complete basic water and energy upgrades prior to sale.
November 28, 2018/by arch2030

Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act

100% of Washington, D.C.'s electricity from come from renewable power by 2032, with building efficiency requirements for new and existing buildings.
November 28, 2018/by arch2030

NYC Building GHG Emissions Limits (Local Law 97)

This bill establishes greenhouse gas emissions limits for existing buildings and retro-commissioning requirements for certain buildings over 25,000 square feet.
November 26, 2018/by arch2030

(Proposed) The Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act (LECCLA)

LECCLA will incentivize low carbon concrete ingredients through a discount rate on bids for state and state-funded construction projects.
February 1, 2021/by arch2030

Norway’s Statsbygg Requirements

A mandatory carbon cap requires all Norwegian government properties to demonstrate a 30% carbon reduction (including embodied and operational carbon as well as biogenic carbon and emissions from transport, land use and land change) against a baseline of the current Norwegian average.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

City of Vancouver Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments

Large developments must meet requirements for ongoing waste reduction, increased diversion of products and materials from the waste stream, sustainable site design, green mobility, water management, affordable housing, and more.
October 28, 2020/by arch2030

City of Vancouver Green Buildings Policy for Rezoning

All buildings seeking rezoning permits must meet Near Zero Emissions Buildings or Low Emissions Green Building requirements.
October 1, 2020/by arch2030

Marin County Low-Carbon Concrete Code

An amendment to the Marin County Building Code specifies low-carbon concrete for all public and private construction involving concrete in Marin County.
November 30, 2018/by arch2030

AB 262: Buy Clean California Act

Embodied carbon policy that requires facility-specific EPDs and will establish a maximum acceptable GWP for each category of material.
November 30, 2018/by arch2030
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