Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center
Healthy, High Performance School Facilities:
Developments in State Policy
District of Columbia
This law establishes green building requirements for public and private buildings in the District of Columbia. The law directs the Mayor to promulgate rules to require public school new construction and substantial improvement to be verified as having achieved the LEED-Schools standard at the certification level or a "substantially equivalent rating system that requires full-building commissioning." The law was amended to direct schools to "aspire" to meet the LEED-Schools Gold standard and to require schools to meet the LEED-Schools Gold standard or higher if sufficient funding is provided for that purpose. Regulations have been adopted affirming the law's LEED requirement.