Laws + Regs

The following is an overview of the green building codes and laws administered by DCRA. To view the 2013 DC Construction Codes, click here.

To request an official determination on what green building codes and laws are applicable to your project, email the Green Building Division at green.building@dc.gov with the Subject Line: “Request for Determination by the Code Official”.

2013 DC Building Code

The 2013 DC Building Code amended consists of the 2012 International Building Code as amended by the 2013 District of Columbia Building Code Supplement (12 DCMR A).

Administration language for the 2013 Energy Conservation Code and 2013 Green Construction Code can be found in sections 101.4.7 and 101.4.9, respectively.

GREEN BUILDING ACT

The Green Building Act (GBA) (§ 6-1451.01 - § 6-1451.11) establishes high-performance green building standards for public and private construction projects.  If a project falls within the scope of the GBA, and associated regulations, compliance with the GBA will also satisfy compliance with the 2013 Green Construction Code.

2013 DC GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE (GCC)

The 2013 DC Green Construction Code consists of the 2012 International Green Construction Code as amended by the District of Columbia 2013 Green Construction Code Supplement (12 DCMR K).  To determine applicability of the GCC to your project, review section 101.4.9 of the 2013 DC Building Code.

2013 DC Energy Conservation Code (ECC)

The 2013 DC Energy Conservation Code consists of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as amended by the District of Columbia 2013 Energy Conservation Code Supplement (12 DCMR I).  

The ECC applies broadly to all residential and commercial buildings, the building sites, and associated systems and equipment and regulates the design and construction of buildings for the effective use and conservation of energy over the useful life of each building.   To determine applicability of the ECC to your project, review section 101.4.7 of the 2013 DC Building Code.

Anacostia Waterfront Environmental Standards Act

The Anacostia Waterfront Environmental Standards Act enhances the green building requirements of the Green Building Act.

Other related regulations

Green Area Ratio (GAR) - Part of the Zoning Regulations, the GAR is administered by the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).  For more information click here.

Stormwater Management Regulations - Click here for more information.