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DCRA Green Building Division Selected as a Team Finalist for the 15th Annual Cafritz Award

We are proud to announce that the Green Building Division at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory was selected as one of the team innovation finalists for the 15th Annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees. The annual Awards program is designed to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees. Established in 2000, the Awards honor individuals whose contributions have been exceptional and whose commitment and professionalism demonstrate the best in public service. 

To learn more about the Awards, visit the Cafritz Award website here

In 2015, the District Continues to Lead the Nation in LEED-certified Buildings

The following is taken from recent USGBC article

"USGBC has just released the 2015 Top 10 States for LEED, which names the U.S. states leading the nation in 2015 in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

Now in its sixth year, this list is based on 2010 U.S. census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified in 2015. USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to fairly compare states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. This approach provides a window into the impact of LEED activity on the lives of residents in these states over the course of a year."

"Washington, D.C. is not ranked, due to its status as a federal territory, but it continues to lead the nation in LEED-certified buildings, with 19.3 square feet of space per resident certified in 2015."  

Read full article here

USGBC Press Release here

District Receives Prestigious 2015 Standard Bearers Award for Energy Code Program

Official DCRA Press Release located here

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) announced this week that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is the recipient of the 2015 Standard Bearers Award, a national program that recognizes innovation and leadership in the enforcement of energy code at the state and local level.

The award recognizes DCRA as a jurisdictional leader in energy code compliance for the work of the agency’s Green Building Division. The Green Building Division provides free energy code trainings, workshops and design review meetings to the public, in addition to developing resources such as the Green Building Roadmap which uses smart, cost-effective strategies to reduce energy consumption in District buildings.

“This award recognizes the District’s commitment to sustainable development and our efforts to cut energy costs that will save residents and businesses money,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “My administration will continue to identify innovative ways to work with the business community to ensure that requirements are clear, attainable and help the District of Columbia continue to be a national leader in sustainability and energy policy.”

Compliance with the energy code is critical to the Mayor Bowser’s Sustainable DC goal of achieving net-zero energy standards for all new and existing multifamily and commercial buildings. The codes will help ensure that structures not only reduce the monthly energy/water bills for owners, but also provide a safe and healthy environment for residents.

“The District has shown great leadership both in adopting progressive energy codes and enforcing them. We’re taking action and delivering measurable results with real impact,” said DCRA Director Melinda Bolling. “I’m very pleased that ICC has recognized the District for its commitment to a modern, energy-efficient built environment.”

Now in its fourth year, the Standard Bearers Award is presented by IMT and the ICC recognizing state and local jurisdictions and individuals who have raised compliance with energy codes and achieved energy reduction in buildings using smart, cost-effective strategies. For more information, please visit theInstitute for Market (IMT) Transformation website.