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DCRA Issues Emergency Regulations on Green Building Act Requirements

Friday, August 2, 2013

DCRA Issues Emergency Regulations on Green Building Act Requirements

Applies to all private and public projects subject to Green Building Act

Monday, September 9, 2013
Applies to private Group R-1 projects subject to Green Building Act

These emergency regulations apply to private-owned projects of more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area construction designated Group R-1 that are required to comply with the Green Building Act (D.C. Official Code § 6-1451.01).

Privately-financed Group R-1 projects shall be permitted to utilize the definition of residential in the Green Building Act regulations (Chapter 13A) adopted on November 14, 2012, following the transition provisions put into place by this regulation.

The full emergency regulations can be found in the DC Register.

 

Friday, August 2, 2013
Applies to all private and public projects subject to Green Building Act

These emergency regulations apply to all construction projects that are required to comply with the Green Building Act (D.C. Official Code § 6-1451.01), including publicly-owned or publicly financed projects, and private-owned projects of more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area.

Some examples of the updates in the emergency regulations include the clarification of the meaning of definition “Residential Occupancy” which is defined as “Residential Group R-2, R-3 or R-4 occupancies, and buildings regulated by the Residential Code” in the Green Building Act.

It also further clarifies the definitions of New Construction and Substantial Improvement in the Act.

New Construction is now defined as “The construction of any building or structure whether as a stand-alone, or an addition to, a building or structure. The term “new construction” includes new buildings and additions or enlargements of existing buildings, exclusive of any alterations or repairs to any existing portion of a building.”

Substantial Improvement is defined as “any repair or alteration of, or addition to, a building or structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building or structure before the repair, alteration, or addition is started.”

The full emergency regulations can be found in the DC Register.

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Applies to all private and public projects subject to Green Building Act

These emergency regulations apply to all construction projects that are required to comply with the Green Building Act (D.C. Official Code § 6-1451.01), including publicly-owned or publicly financed projects, and private-owned projects of more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area.

The emergency regulations allow the use of the following LEED standards for compliance: New Construction & Major Renovations; Commercial Interiors; Core & Shell; Healthcare; Retail: Commercial Interiors; Retail: New Construction & Major Renovations; and Schools.

For private-owned projects, a financial security  must be submitted to DCRA before the issuance of the first certificate of occupancy for occupiable space in a story above grade plane.

Failure to comply with the Green Building Act requirements or to achieve the minimum required LEED standard will result in the forfeiture of either 100 percent or 50 percent of the financial security, with the possibility of additional monthly fines.