If you’re planning to build a new building in Dallas, get ready to go green. The city of Dallas means business about conserving water and energy. It’s now law to use green building practices in new constructions. The new law will be implemented in two phases, beginning in 2009. The city council hopes this will encourage other cities to follow their lead and start using environmentally friendly building materials and practices.
As of October 1, 2009, all new constructions less than 50,000 square feet in Dallas will have to use 15 percent less energy and 20 percent less water than the codes currently require. The new green building standards give builders six water conservation techniques to choose from. They must use four of them in the new building. Roofs must also be more energy efficient.
The second phase of the new law starts October 1, 2011 when all new construction in Dallas will have to be certifiable by LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or Green Built North Texas standards. These programs measure the energy efficiency of existing buildings and new constructions.
LEED® is a U.S. Green Building Council program that awards credits to buildings for sustainable building features and environmentally friendly maintenance programs. Green Built North Texas was created by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Dallas to educate Dallas area builders about our local resources and help them find ways to incorporate green building practices.