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San Francisco Passes Stringent Green Building Requirements

Source: City of San Francisco, California
Joining the growing ranks of cities requiring green building in some form, San Francisco is requiring all new buildings to meet either LEED standards or those of the regional program GreenPoint Rated, depending on building type and size (see chart below).

San Francisco is the first city to require larger commercial buildings (those over 25,000 ft2, or 2,300 m2) to be certified through the U.S. Green Building Council; the legislation does allow developers to request alternate documentation paths without certification.

The requirements go into effect immediately and become increasingly stringent until 2012. The new standards grew out of recommendations from the mayor’s task force on green building, created in 2007 (see


Vol. 16, No. 8).

Published August 28, 2008

Wendt, A. (2008, August 28). San Francisco Passes Stringent Green Building Requirements. Retrieved from

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