City of Houston - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

July 24, 2023


In June 2004, the Houston City Council passed a resolution requiring adherence to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines in the construction or renovation of municipal buildings with more than 10,000 square feet of occupied space. The resolution sets no definitive certification requirement, instead requiring capital improvement projects to follow LEED principles "to the greatest extent practical and reasonable." The general target rating for the program is LEED Silver certification. Buildings owned, managed, or constructed by the Houston Airport System Department are exempt from the resolution.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
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)


Name: City Resolution No. 2004-15
Date Enacted: 06/23/2004
Effective Date: 06/23/2004


Name: General Contact
Organization: Mayor's Office of Resilience and Sustainabili
Address: Design and Construcation
Houston TX 77251
Phone: (713) 837-0311

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.