Green Building

Why Build Green
Buildings come at a cost. In the United States, buildings account for 70 percent of the electricity, 40 percent of the raw materials, and 12 percent of the potable water we use. In San Francisco, 56 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions are attributable to buildings.
Goals & Outcomes
San Francisco’s green building program is charting a course to address the challenges of climate change and resource stewardship while enhancing the economic and social health of the City.



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Home to many of the world's leaders in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings, San Franciscans are planning, building, and preserving our built environment to balance present needs, future resources, and the history and culture of our past.


Buildings shape the urban environment of San Francisco and much of the community’s environmental impact. San Francisco is implementing a groundbreaking, comprehensive suite of policy initiatives and incentive programs to improve the performance of new and existing buildings. 


The City and County of San Francisco is committed to leadership by example. We apply the highest standards in the City to the buildings owned and operated by City government. SF Environment provides tools, standards, professional networks, experts, and education to help new municipal buildings and leaseholds meet their potential for environmental excellence.

Commercial Green Buildings: LEED and Energy Star buildings and square footageRead>
San Francisco's municipal green buildings are located all around the city. Many of these are architecturally significant buildings, and most serve as community gathering places for our wonderful neighborhoods.Read>
Take a self-guided tour of the green buildings in San Francisco with this comprehensive map.Read>