Municipal Green Building Law Database
As a complement to our model ordinances project, the Sabin Center has compiled several databases of municipal green building laws. These include:
- Nationwide database of municipal green building laws applying to public buildings
- Nationwide database of municipal green building laws applying to private buildings
- New York State database of municipal green building, alternative energy, and energy efficiency laws
- Nationwide database of local green building incentives
To better understand the development of a model green building ordinance, this working paper by Marne Sussman discusses the different choices made by the municipalities that developed the ordinances identified in the spreadsheets and notes areas of consensus among municipalities.
This paper by Jessica Wentz summarizes the findings in the local green building incentives spreadsheet.
For all databases, the user can access the unabridged statute by clicking on the hyperlink, identified by blue, underlined text, provided with each statute citation. Most links lead to the municipality’s entire code database. From here, the user can easily access the relevant portion of the code by referencing the citation given. Some links lead directly to the precise portion of the code in question, and navigating the code database is not necessary.