As many of you may or may not have heard, the City of Dallas will be implementing Phase II of the Green Building Program tomorrow. So, what does this mean, and how may it affect you?
For anyone applying for a building permit after Oct. 1, 2013, the game is going to change. Previously, under Phase I, provider eligibility required a LEED AP designation, IECC certification, or simply one year of experience in Green Building enforcement. Now, all Phase II providers must attend a six-hour training course and pass exams for both residential and commercial project types. Providers must also have a LEED AP with specialty designation, ICC certification for plan review and inspections, or be a Green Built Texas Verifier (for residential providers only).
Phase II eliminates allowing the IECC designation or LEED AP without specialty, thus greatly reducing the number of qualified third-party providers. You will want to check with your provider to ensure their compliance with provider eligibility for the Phase II requirements.
In Phase I of the Green Building Code, a third-party reviewer could work for the company producing documents and could handle plan review and inspections for their own projects. Under the new Phase II Code of Conduct, this will no longer be allowed. There will be a new policy related to conflict of interest, which specifically states the Green Building third-party reviewer must actually be a third party to the project and the companies involved. Under the new rules, even the LEED consultant will not be allowed to be the third party green consultant.
The City of Dallas has also increased the requirements for compliance with the Green Building plan review and inspection. Commercial buildings may follow one of three path options:
• Design the building to meet a minimum of 40 points as part of the LEED 2009 rating system;
• Meet the minimum requirements for certification under the ASHRAE 189.1 program; or
• Follow the new Chapter 61 Dallas Green Construction Code. The Dallas Green Construction Code has adopted specific chapters of the 2012 IgCC, with amendments. This code is much more stringent than the requirements under the Phase I Green Code.
Residential buildings may follow one of four path options:
• Follow the requirements of ICC-700 2008 with a minimum of 222 points;
• Meet the requirements of LEED for Homes 2008 with a minimum of 45 points;
• Meet the requirements of Green Built Texas v3 mandatory provisions; or
• Follow the Dallas Residential Green Code prescriptive requirements.
The City of Dallas has a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030, and this is one great stride towards achieving that goal. Cities across the United States are beginning to adopt the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), as a whole or in parts, and the City of Dallas Green Construction Code is Dallas’ first attempt at adopting the 2012 IgCC. As a new code to follow, there may be a few hiccups in the beginning, but this is an important initiative for the City of Dallas.
As a fully accredited provider, we will keep you updated as things progress at City Hall. In the meantime, please feel free to read more about these changes at www.thaarch.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Todd C. Howard is president of t. howard + associates, an architecture, interior design, and planning firm. Contact him at email@example.com.