Arlington County encourages developers to build high-performance green buildings to reduce environmental impacts in our community. The County’s voluntary green building program uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building rating system as a standard to measure the comprehensive green approach of each project. Ongoing energy performance is evaluated using the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. This program applies to site plan, Form Based Code, and affordable housing developments in Arlington. Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Update for Multifamily Developments Requesting Green Building Bonus Density
Multifamily developments may now use either the LEED for Homes Multifamily or Earthcraft Virginia green building rating systems. See the full interpretation here.
Green Building Update to 4.1 Site Plan Projects (September 21, 2019)
An update to the Green Building Density Incentive program adds Zero Carbon certification as an option for building developers to earn bonus density.
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Guidance Documents for Approved Projects
- LEED Permit Submission Guidelines for Site Plan Projects
- EarthCraft Submission Requirements for affordable housing projects receiving VHDA funding
- Energy Reporting Guidelines – Commercial
- Energy Reporting Guidelines – Residential
Resources and Reports
- Affordable Housing Passive House Feasibility Study Report
- Building Electrification Webinar
- Multifamily Best Practices Webinar – Passing the Blower Door Test
- Multifamily Best Practices Webinar – Mechanical Systems
- Renewable Energy Webinar
- Low Carbon Alternatives for Back-Up Energy Generation and Storage (Office Sector)
- Highlights of Green Building Development in Arlington, 2006-2016
- Zero Carbon and Net-Zero Energy Analysis