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Green Buildings

Green Buildings
Green building is an approach to design, construction and operations that conserves resources while it protects human health. Green buildings use less energy, consume fewer natural resources such as water and forest products, and emit fewer pollutants into the environment. Because they are designed to make use of natural light and good ventilation, green buildings provide a healthier indoor environment for their occupants. Studies show that students in green buildings learn better and workers in green buildings are more productive.


  • The District was the first city in the nation to require new privately constructed buildings to meet LEED standards, thanks to the Green Building Act of 2006.
  • The District has more LEED certified and ENERGY STAR ceritfied square footage per capita than any other large city in the United States.

Green Building Policy

Green Building Fund Grant Program

DDOE has created a Green Building Fund Grant Program to support innovative projects to “green” the built environment in the District. In fiscal year 2013, we funded three projects:

Green Building Resources

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