On June 10, 2008, the El Paso City Council unanimously passed an ordinance stating that “all new City buildings over 5,000 square feet in size, will be designed, contracted and built to achieve the LEED
On July 17, 2012, the El Paso City Council updated the 2008 ordinance to allow for the Green Globes Rating System as an alternative to the LEED system. The proposed resolution that updated the 2008 ordinance can be found here.
The United Stated Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED system is a rating system that scores buildings according to their energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. For details on the rating system check out the USGBC’s web site
The City helped construct five LEED certified buildings. For details on the five projects check the following links:
There are several focus areas of LEED, including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.