Philadelphia City Government Buildings Will Conform to LEED Rating System

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Video Link: City Government Energy Reductions

On December 10, 2009, the Philadelphia City Council signed into law Bill 080025, requiring that all new constructions and major renovations of city government buildings are designed and constructed for certification at the silver level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The policy was introduced by Councilwoman Brown and collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS).

The policy applies to all construction and renovation of buildings more than 10,000 square feet that are primarily funded by government dollars and controlled by the City.

Bill 080025 is part of a comprehensive drive toward Mayor Michael Nutter’s pledge to make Philadelphia the number one green city in America by 2015. MOS has identified 15 Targets to achieve by 2015. Bill 080025 directly pursues Target 1: “Lower City Government Energy Consumption by 30%.”

Buildings represent 39% of primary energy use in America, account for 38% of all CO2 emissions, and use 13.6% of all potable water. Green buildings consume less energy, produce fewer greenhouse gases, have lower maintenance costs, and higher occupant satisfaction than comparable buildings. Furthermore, green buildings are designed to reduce the negative impact of buildings on their occupants, reduce global climate change, preserve and use water efficiently, maximize energy efficiency, conserve materials, and assure indoor environmental quality.

This demonstration of leadership by the Philadelphia City Council aims to inspire similar private sector investments in green building both residentially and commercially.

Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Bill 080025 Fact Sheet

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One Response to “Philadelphia City Government Buildings Will Conform to LEED Rating System”

  1. lindabruceoz Says:

    City Government Energy Reduction from Greenworks Philadelphia on Vimeo.

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