Green Building Policy Update 2019
As part of its adopted FY 2019 Long Range Planning Work Program, City Council identified an update to the 2009 Green Building Policy as one of its priorities. On September 11, 2018, City Council approved Resolution 2841 establishing a Green Building Policy Update Task Force (‘Task Force’) to provide guidance to staff in the development of the 2019 Green Building Policy Update. It is anticipated that the first meeting of the Task Force will be held late October with four meetings occurring between October 2018-May 2019. The City Council will review the policy update at its June 2019 public hearing.
Task Force Mission, Composition and Selection
- The purpose of the Task Force is to provide feedback and guidance to City staff on the 2019 Green Building Policy update including the consideration of increasing LEED or equivalent third-party green building certification standards for new private development and establishing separate standards for new public development; prioritizing specific green building elements; incorporating incentives to promote green building; introducing green building standards for existing buildings and for small buildings not subject to site plan review; instituting a building performance monitoring program; and establishing a Green Zone in the city.
Composition - The Task Force will be comprised of 15 slots:
- (9) Environmental Advocates or
- (2) from third-party green building certification organizations (different organizations)
- (1) affordable housing developer representative
- (1) Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) member
- (1) from environmental group
- (1) architect with LEED certification
- (1) environmental consultant
- (1) Planning Commission member
- (1) Alexandria Public City School (ACPS) Board representative (staff member)
- (6) Real Estate Development Industry
- (2) large-scale developers
- (2) residential home builders
- (1) land use attorney
- (1) development association
- (9) Environmental Advocates or Technical Experts
The EPC, Planning Commission and School Board will designate their own
representatives. The City Manager will appoint the remaining 12 members of the
Task Force and designate the Chair whose role is to serve as a meeting
facilitator, spokesperson and work with City staff to set Task Force meeting
agendas and final recommendation letter
Per the City Council’s Eco-City Alexandria initiative, the Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) was adopted by City Council in 2009 following significant efforts from several City departments and an extensive public outreach campaign, including the establishment and efforts of the 29-member City of Alexandria Green Building and Sustainable Development Working Group.
The EAP calls for updating the EAP at least every five years and the Eco-City Charter every ten years. These updates are aimed at maintaining the EAP’s relevance, prioritizing efforts, and enhancing its effectiveness in leading the City further toward environmental sustainability and achieving the City’s long-term goal of becoming a true Eco-City. In consultation with the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), staff is updating the EAP in two phases:
- Phase 1, scheduled for City Council consideration in October, will identify short-term (through FY 2023) goals and action items for five key program areas: Energy, Climate Change, Green Building, Land Use and Open Space, and Solid Waste.
- Phase 2 builds on the first by establishing
similar goals and action items for the remaining five program areas:
Transportation, Air Quality, Water Resources, Environment & Health, and
Implementation, Outreach, & Education. Phase 2 will develop mid- and long-
term goals for all 10 program areas.
- Phase 2 also includes an update to the Green Building Policy with the expectation that a new policy would be adopted in June 2019.
Going "Green" in Alexandria - Resident Information
City residents can "go green", reduce energy consumption and save money by using a Kill A WattTM meter. Residents now have access to meters through a collaborative effort between the City and the Alexandria Library. Click here to learn how to use a Kill A WattTM meter in your home or business. Check out the Eco-City E-News to find out where to pick up a meter and how to conserve energy costs!
- Projects reviewed under the Green Buildings Policy
- List of green building projects in Alexandria
- Map of green building projects in Alexandria
- Eco-City Alexandria
In 2011, the City hosted a series of Green Building Workshops. Learn more!
Resources and Links of Interest
Environmental Action Plan Phase 1 Update
- Builders Guide to Reuse & Recycling
- US Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council developed and implements the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Links to the LEED process and scorecards can be found on this web site.
- Energy Star. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star home page. For resources on home performance using Energy Star appliances and additional publications on energy efficiency, click here.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation - Sustainability page
- National Green Building StandardTM. The National Green Building Standard defines green building for single and multi-family homes, residential remodeling projects and site development projects.
- Architecture 2030. Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the global-warming crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis. Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
- Building Science Corporation. Building Science Corporation provides on-line information on a variety of green building topics, publications, seminars and consulting.
- Earthcraft House. EarthCraft House,™ created in 1999, is a residential green building program of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association in partnership with Southface. This program serves as a blueprint for energy- and resource -efficient homes.
- The Energy & Environmental Building Association. Mission statement: To provide education and resources to transform the residential design, development and construction industries to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.
- Greener Product. Greener Product is the world’s first online platform that creates a vast marketplace for the analysis of sustainable and healthy building products. The site is one-stop resource is used by thousands of green professionals to research environmentally preferable building materials and to study vital information on how to use advanced building design to build green more effectively.