San Francisco Department of the Environment

San Francisco Green Building Code

To ensure that all buildings are healthy, sustainable places to live, work, and learn, the San Francisco Green Building Code requirements do the following:

  • Reduce energy and water use
  • Divert waste from landfill
  • Encourage alternate modes of transportation
  • Support the health and comfort of building occupants in San Francisco

Adopted in 2008, the city's groundbreaking green building requirements apply to:

  • Newly constructed residential and commercial buildings
  • Major renovations to existing buildings

The ordinance was informed by the recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Green Buildings to reduce the impacts that buildings in San Francisco have on the environment, local infrastructure, and public health.

California’s Building Standards Commission subsequently developed Title 24 Part 11, the California Green Building Standards Code, or “CALGreen.”

Green building requirements were updated in 2010 to combine the mandatory elements of the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code with stricter local requirements, and updated again in 2013 and 2016 to incorporate changes to California's Green Building Standards and Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Part 6).

New construction in San Francisco must meet all applicable California codes, provide install solar electric, thermal, or green roof for all new buildings 10 floors in height or less; provide on-site facilities for recycling and composting; and meet city green building requirements tied to the LEED and GreenPoint Rated green building rating systems. Starting January 1, 2018, new construction will be required to have electrical infrastructure capable of supplying electricity for electric vehicle charging at 100% of new parking spaces.  For details on these requirements and tools to help document green building accomplishments, please see the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s Administrative Bulletin AB-093: Implementation of Green Building Regulations. These regulations include summary documents and forms which integrate many environmental policies enacted by the City and County of San Francisco in addition to applicable state codes.

Additional Resources

San Francisco Green Building Code  (if the direct link does not work you can navigate to the code here)