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Tribal Green Building Codes: Existing Green Building Codes
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State, Tribal and Local Green Building Codes
Over 275 cities, counties, tribes and states have created building codes or building programs to increase the environmental and health performance of their communities. Examples of some such codes and programs are listed on this page. Virtually all of these jurisdictions have codes that meet federal energy conservation guidelines, and many have codes that far exceed federal energy guidance to cover a wide range of green building practices that make buildings healthier; conserve energy, water, and natural resources; and reduce power and water costs.
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Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard The Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES) was established by the State of Alaska to promote the construction of energy-efficient buildings. It sets standards for thermal resistance, air leakage, moisture protection, and ventilation as they relate to efficient use of energy in buildings
Coconino County Sustainable Building Program Coconino County has an extensive set of resources and guidelines on their website including for gray water systems.
Pima County Green Building ProgramsPima County's green building program services include LEED in-house certification, one-stop solar permitting process, regional residential green building guidance and resources for both the County and the City of Tucson, the Tucson/Pima County Net-Zero Energy Code, Energy Budget Calculator and more.
Scottsdale Building Codes The City of Scottsdale has a longstanding green building program that is integrated into the city's building department and has passed local ordinances related to green building.
Tucson Building Codes and OrdinancesThe City of Tucson has adopted several energy and water efficiency ordinances and codes including a Green Building Program, Residential Gray Water Ordinance, Residential Solar Readiness Ordinance, a dark-skies outdoor lighting ordinance and a Sustainable Energy Standard for the Civano Development.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribal Green Building Code (PDF) (23 pp, 484K)
This is a performance-based building code developed by the Tribe. This code is in accordance with human safety and environmental standards, as well as the social and cultural values of the Tribe, and includes guidance for straw bale construction, gray water system design and cultural esthetics.
CALGreen (PDF) California Green Building Code, updated and adopted in 2010, is free and publically available. CALGreen was the first statewide building code to incorporate green building provisions into the code as mandatory requirements for all building projects within its scope. It applies to new residential buildings (up to 3 stories) and commercial buildings in California, except buildings on Indian land or reservations (unless adopted by a tribe) and federal buildings. For additional information, visit CALGreen .
Mendocino County Regulations for Limited Density Rural Dwellings (Also known as Class K Rural Owner-Builder Code) This is a rural owner-builder code that requires minimal conformance with codes and standards.
Massachusetts Stretch Code The State of Massachusetts adopted a stretch energy code in 2009 that provides a more energy efficient alternative to the standard energy provisions of the code that a municipality may choose to adopt.
The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon Tribal Building Code Ordinance (PDF)
In addition safeguarding life and property, a purpose of this building code is to encourage the use of innovative materials and techniques consistent with cultural historic or indigenous designs and methods.
Oregon Reach Code (PDF) A set of statewide optional construction standards for energy efficiency that exceed the requirements of the state's mandatory codes. Builders will have an optional path for high performance construction and jurisdictions can be assured the innovative construction methods are sound. The Reach Code covers a variety of topics including: mechanical systems, lighting designs, overall building design (both residential and commercial), plumbing practices and products. The Division is working to align the code with federal, state, and local financial incentives.
Oregon House Bill 2080 This bill modifies public policy regarding sewage disposal systems by legalizing greywater and rainwater use in residential and commercial buildings.
Portland High Performance Green Building Policy This proposal seeks to improve environmental performance of buildings while keeping them affordable by rebating up to $17.30 per square foot for projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge.
Eugene “Guide to Green” Green Building Program This program offers technical assistance, incentives, and education and training with the goal of making green building practices city standard.
Swinomish Tribal Building Code: Adopted Title 12 – Building and Construction, Chapter 1 Swinomish Building Code (adopts State of Washington Energy, Indoor Air Quality and Stormwater Codes)
Green Standards for State Funded Buildings During the 2005 legislative session, Washington State passed the country's first law requiring that all new buildings and renovation projects that receive state funding be built to one of three green building standards.
Bainbridge Island Ordinance 2009-06 (PDF) This ordinance incentivizes flexible development and high density and creates housing demonstration projects
Seattle Living Building Pilot This pilot will assist 12 projects over a 3 year period and will help them meet the Living Building Challenge goals through a design review process that accommodates innovative technologies.
Seattle City Code Amendments These proposed amendments to the Seattle City Land Use Code, with an eye toward the success of the Living Building Pilot Program, will accommodate design flexibility in the areas of building height and Floor Area Ratio.
Seattle Priority Green This resource provides expedited review for permit review for buildings that are innovative or demonstrate established green building standards which could have potential code challenges.
Clark County Sustainable Communities Pilot Project This pilot created an ordinance that allows projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge to bypass more traditional local codes that might prohibit innovative or green design features.
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