Green building and energy efficiency standards
Lead by Example
Green building practices and energy efficiency standards improve building performance that reduce solar gains, energy consumption, and urban heat islands.
Adopt green building or energy efficiency performance standards on all existing and/or new construction of publicly-owned properties, which can establish a baseline that can be leveraged through more stringent mandates or public pressure at a later time.
Considerations for Use
Resources associated with ratings and certifications can provide upgrade recommendations that are applicable to all buildings not only participating buildings.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Lead by ExampleGovernments have ownership and jurisdiction over a range of assets (e.g. buildings and streets) and also serve as a direct employer, and contractor. This allows them to promote heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions and demonstrate their impact through leading by example with proactive interventions to make their assets, employment opportunities, and contracts heat-resilient.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Intervention Types:Buildings and Built Form
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Number and scores or levels of certification for buildings that receive ratings
Intervention Scale:City, Nation, Region, State/Province
Authority and Governance:City government, National government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Medium-term (3-9 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Private developers
Funding Sources:Private investment, Public investment
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Increase property values, Save on utilities