West Hollywood adopted one of the nation's first mandatory green building ordinance [PDF] and it became effective on October 1, 2007. The ordinance ensures that new buildings will be healthier for residents, and use energy and resources more efficiently. Flexibility, responsiveness to local conditions, and cost-effectiveness are key features of the ordinance. The Green Building Ordinance [PDF] establishes one of the first mandatory "green building" programs in the country. The City has created a Green Building Manual [PDF] to help guide you through the process.
The Green Building Requirements and Incentives for Private Development Ordinance focus on the following:
- Establishes new development standards that apply to all development, including all new residential and commercial projects as well as remodels and tenant improvements;
- Develops a point system [XLS] for new construction with incentives for projects that achieve "exemplary" status; and
- Implements "green building" education and outreach program.
The "green" development standards are green building requirements for remodels, tenant improvements, additions and new construction. These standards were incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance so that all projects incorporate elements such as drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient appliances.
The green building point system [XLS] will be incorporated in all new structures, with incentives for projects that go above and beyond minimum requirements. The requirements are structured as a point system to allow for maximum flexibility and the points allowed each reflect West Hollywood's unique opportunities and constraints. Specifically, the point system was designed to emphasize locally-available materials, encourage green elements to be incorporated early into project design and provide flexibility to alter green elements as the project evolves.
In addition, any new public buildings will be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program. A Green Building Resource Center, located on the second floor at City Hall,provides a sampling of green building materials, practices, and additional information. These are a few of the ways that West Hollywood continues our commitment to Responsibility for the Environment. More information can be found below.
- Green Building Manual [PDF]
A helpful guide to get you through the process
- About Green Building
The What, Why and How
- Goals - Simple Concept
Green building is a simple concept -- design buildings and use land to save energy and reduce waste.
- Benefits and Gains
Paying it forward
- Green Building Resource Center
The Green Building Resource Center located on the second floor at West Hollywood City Hall provides a sampling of building materials and practices that increase energy efficiency, indoor air quality and water conservation.
- Topical Brochures
More information related to Green Building
- Web Resources
Links to additional information including design, publications and Green Building programs in other cities