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City of San Jose - Private Sector Green Building Policy

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Savings Category 
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Yes; specific technologies not identified
Program Info
Sector Name 
Local
Website 
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=3284
State 
California
Program Type 
Building Energy Code
Rebate Amount 

In October 2008, the City of San Jose enacted the Private Sector Green Building Policy (Policy No. 6-32). The policy was adopted in Ordinance No. 28622 in June, 2009. All new buildings must meet certain green building requirements in order to receive a building permit. Requirements are dependent on the size and type of the project.

  • Tier 1 Commercial Projects include commercial industrial projects (non-residential) of less than 25,000 square feet, and less than a height of 75 feet. These projects are required to submit a completed GreenPoint Rated Checklist or LEED Checklist in order to receive a building permit.
  • Tier 1 Residential Projects are single family detached residences or small residential projects consisting of 2-9 units. These buildings must also be less than 75 feet in height. Tier 1 Residential Projects are required to complete a GreenPoint Rated Checklist or a LEED Checklist.
  • Tier 2 Commercial Projects include commercial industrial buildings (non-residential) of more than 25,000 square feet but less than 75 feet in height. These projects must LEED Silver certified.
  • Tier 2 Residential Projects are multi-family buildings or multi-building residential projects consisting of 10 or more units. Buildings must be less than 75 feet in height. Tier 2 Residential projects must be LEED Certified or GreenPoint Rated.
  • High-Rise Residential Projects are residential projects taller than 75 feet. These projects must be LEED Certified.
  • Mix-Use Projects must submit a GreenPoint Rated Checklist or LEED Checklist and receive the minimum LEED certification required by the relevant standard in the Ordinance.