Design Process

Determine Applicability of Green and Energy Laws and Regulations

The design team is strongly encouraged to make this decision early in the design process, as there are different requirements in each code that may change design decisions.

Requests for Determination

If you would like an official determination for the requirements of your project, contact the Green Building Program at DCRA using Subject Line: “Request for Determination by the Code Official” at green.building@dc.gov.  Project teams will be required to submit the Green Determination Request, including all exhibits to get a complete determination.  Incomplete requests will be returned without determination. 

Green Review Meeting

We offers optional one-on-one Green Review Meetings with a representative from the Green Building Division at no cost. To request a meeting, email the Green Building Division at green.building@dc.gov and provide the following information:

  • contact name/firm or entity requesting the meeting
  • phone number/email address
  • scope of work being performed
  • gross square footage of the project
  • questions/agenda for meeting

The applicant will be given the next available date on the Green Review calendar. Green Review meetings will be scheduled once per week.  Each meeting will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

Preliminary Design Review Meetings

DCRA offers project teams a Preliminary Design Review Meetings (PDRM) with the various plan review disciplines at DCRA to customers for a fee.  PDRM’s are not mandatory, but can be very helpful in expediting development of a project. A representative from the Green Building Division attends all PDRM's.

To request a PDRM, contact the PDRM Coordinator, Toni Taylor, at toni.taylor@dc.gov and provide the following information:

  • contact name/firm or entity requesting the meeting
  • phone number/email address
  • scope of work being performed
  • gross square footage of the project
  • questions/agenda for meeting