City of San Jose - Municipal Green Building Program

June 21, 2012


In June, 2001, the San José City Council unanimously adopted the Green Building Policies as developed by the members of the community and various City Departments. Council’s approval of the Green Building Guidelines means all new construction and major retrofit projects of City of San José facilities and buildings over 10,000 gross square feet of occupied space shall earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating at a minimum, with a goal of earning Gold or Platinum certification.

The City of San Jose provides leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector planning, design, construction, management, renovation, operations, and demolition of buildings. They accomplish this by promoting the voluntary application of the San Jose Green Building Policy goals and the "San Jose LEED" Green Building Rating System.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)


Name: Mary Tucker
Organization: City of San Jose
Address: 200 East Santa Clara Street, 10th Floor
San Jose CA 95113-1905
Phone: (408) 975-2581

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.