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Did you know that all phases of buildings—building design, construction, materials and operation—consume more energy than any other part of the economy?

That’s why green buildings are so important! Green buildings save energy and water while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and waste output.

Photo by Jacque Manaugh. 2011 Trinity River Photo Contest Honorable Mention-Architecture

Photo by Jacque Manaugh. 2011 Trinity River Photo Contest Honorable Mention-Architecture

The City has completed numerous green facilities since the Green Building Program was adopted in 2003, and more are in the stages of design and construction.  To date, we have completed the certification process on several buildings and have Platinum, Gold, and Silver buildings listed on the US Green Building Council LEED Projects & Case Studies Directory. In addition, the City continues to upgrade its many existing buildings with various green features.

In 2008, Dallas became one of the first major cities in the nation to pass comprehensive green building standards for both residential and commercial construction.  In September 2012, the City Council adopted Green Building Resolution 12-2428 Ordinance 28813 for Phase II of the green building ordinance.  Scheduled for full effectiveness on October 1, 2013, Phase II has incorporated multiple building efficiency systems into the ordinance to ensure that Dallas remains on the leading edge of green building design and use.

Read the City of Dallas Green Building Guidelines.

For additional information on Green Building in Dallas, visit our Building Inspection Website.

Integrated Stormwater Management:

The City of Dallas encourages you to use the integrated stormwater management (iSWM) manual when developing parcels exceeding 3 acres. The iSWM manual promotes development that enhances water quality and preserves natural terrain. In December 2009, City Council approved the use of the Regional iSWM Manual: or

The local iSWM manual is in draft form:. City Council has not approved the local iSWM manual and therefore incentives detailed in the draft local iSWM manual are not available at this time. In reviewing the draft document, you may find conflicts with the regional manual and/or city codes. If you have comments or suggestions on these conflicts or any other part of the draft local iSWM manual, please contact Dorcy Clark at 214.671.9583 or

Please contact Hamid Fard at 214.948.4223 if you would like to use iSWM to improve the quality of water within the City.

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