City of Kansas City - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

July 18, 2023


In March 2011, the City Council of Kansas City adopted a policy that the design, construction, and operation of new facilities of any size and renovations in which the facility affected has at least 5,000 square feet of space must conform to the Gold Rating or higher of the most recent version of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Each contract for applicable projects must contain provisions sufficient to require the designer and constructor to comply with the LEED Gold Standard at a minimum and submit documentation to USGBC for their independent third-party review process and certification. 

A LEED Standards Committee for the City adopts rules and regulations to administer the policy and may grant exemptions for a given project if compelling reasons are demonstrated. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Missouri
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Green Building Requirement: Buildings with at least 5,000 square feet of space must conform to LEED Gold Rating or higher


Name: Code of Ordinances § 3-71
Date Enacted: 03/31/2011
Effective Date: 04/17/2011

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.