San Jose Private Sector Green Building Ordinance

Requires new private buildings over 10,000 square feet to be LEED Silver or higher (Private Sector Green Building Ordinance), 2009

SAN JOSE, CA

 When you can see views from where you work, you might get up to 25% better memory.

When you can see views from where you work, you might get up to 25% better memory.

HOW IT CAN BENEFIT YOU

You can benefit from being in a green building because it can improve:

The San Jose Private Sector Green Building Policy requires new privately owned buildings over 10,000 square feet to get at a minimum, LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

WHY IT'S A LEADING POLICY

Builders must submit a checklist from LEED or Build It Green, which encourages developers to voluntarily include additional green building features.

WHO CAN TAKE ACTION

Privately owned buildings over 10,000 square feet.

OUTCOME

San Jose's Gish Family Apartments earned a LEED Gold rating.  It includes 35 apartments for tenants earning less than half the area median income.  Since low-income tenants often do not have cars, the owners give them free transit passes. Tenants also pay their own energy bill so they have a financial incentive to conserve.

Since people with low incomes are disproportionately affected by asthma and less likely to have access to quality healthcare, the building uses low-polluting materials like furniture with no added urea-formaldehyde, and low volatile organic compound insulation, paints, sealants, and adhesives. And the entire building, including the retail and outdoor areas, is non-smoking (read more).

PUBLIC OUTREACH & EDUCATION

The San Jose Environmental Services Department formed the Green Building Steering committee (from key city departments), Green Building Work Group (from the community), Green Building Taskforce (building, housing and community members appointed by the Mayor) to implement the policy.

CONTACT

Jennifer Seguin, Manager of Green Building Initiatives, City of San Jose, 408-975-2543, jennifer.seguin@sanjoseca.gov

LAST UPDATED

October 14, 2015