Model Policies

Virginia Beach is creating an Energy Improvement Plan, which will include a "Green Fleet" program that requires all new buildings be LEED certified. Energy audits will be performed on selected buildings. Net metering and energy audits are encouraged for residential structures.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Green Building, Netmetering and Submetering Policies
State: Virginia

Electric sub-metering is required for all tenant spaces 10,000 square feet and greater in buildings 50,000 square feet and greater by 2025. Owners must provide monthly energy consumption reports to each sub-metered tenant.

Focus: Commercial
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Lighting Upgrades, Netmetering and Submetering Policies
State: New York

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code requires buildings 20,000 ft2 or larger to collect energy usage data for the whole building daily, at a minimum. Flow meters and current censors are permitted for submetering. Separate submetering is required for HVAC systems, lighting, plugs, electrical energy, and heat content. Energy usage must be displayed in a visible, accessible area and contain information regarding daily energy use, average and peak energy use for the previous day, average use from the same day the previous year, and the total energy demand for the previous 12 months. The code also includes compliance requirements, including mandatory energy credits.

Focus: Commercial
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Netmetering and Submetering Policies
State: Washington

Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)2 and Section 10-106 of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards establish a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more energy efficient than the statewide Standards. This process allows local governments to adopt and enforce energy standards before the statewide Standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set stricter energy budgets. Local governments are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed Standards will save more energy than the current statewide Standards and the basis of the local government's determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide Standards and that the documentation requirements...

Focus: Adoption
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Incentive, Lighting Upgrades, Miscellaneous, Netmetering and Submetering Policies, Retro-commissioning, Water and Landscaping
State: California

Index of Green Building Provisions in Florida Municipal Codes, 2009

Focus: Adoption, Green and Advanced Codes
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Incentive, Netmetering and Submetering Policies, Retro-commissioning, Water and Landscaping
State: Florida