Green Building

Learn about sustainable building practices in the City of Oakland.


Hurdles Cleared for Property‐Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing ‐ Governor Jerry Brown created a Reserve Fund in early 2014 to allow residential PACE programs to flourish throughout the state. The CaliforniaFIRST PACE program launched in Alameda County in August 2014, allowing homeowners County‐wide to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency upgrades on their property tax bills. The program makes ambitious energy‐saving projects more accessible for homeowners.

Green Building Ordinance for Private Development - The City adopted a green building ordinance for private development in 2010. Oakland’s ordinance applies to construction projects for most types of buildings, including residential and nonresidential new construction, additions and alterations, and alterations to historic buildings. Visit the City's green building portal to learn how this ordinance may affect you and to find resources to help you build green.

Civic Green Building Ordinance - On May 17, 2005, the Oakland City Council unanimously adopted a Civic Green Building Ordinance, adding Oakland to a growing list of U.S. cities that officially promote green building techniques. Oakland’s Green Building ordinance requires that all new buildings owned or occupied by a City Department or Agency that equal or exceed $3 million in construction costs meet a minimum Silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and be so certified by the USGBC.

Green Building Resource Center - The City's Green Building Resource Center (GBRC) is conveniently located next to the Planning & Zoning Counter on the 2nd floor of 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza. The GBRC was established in 2000 to provide the public with easy access to educational materials about the benefits of sustainable building practices. Over 23,000 people have visited the Center since its opening in 2000.

Oakland Green Buildings Map - Oakland is home to many commercial, institutional and residential certified green buildings. Visit the Oakland Green Buildings Map to learn more about local green buildings.