Energy Efficient New Construction


The County seeks construction firms with expertise in green building design when building new County facilities. This allows the County to achieve LEED Certification on all new buildings and major renovations. Through energy efficient design, state-of-the-art building automation, and employee training, the County has improved its energy usage to 20 percent better than the California Energy Commission’s 2016 Title 24 Building Standard.


The County of San Diego requires Zero Net Energy for all new facilities and major renovations.  Zero Net Energy refers to a facility where annual energy production is equal to energy consumption.  Construction was completed on the County’s first two Zero Net Energy buildings.  The new Alpine Library opened in May 2016 and the Imperial Beach Library opened in April 2017.  Seven more ZNE buildings are in the design and solicitation phase.  Currently, 16% of the County’s building square footage is LEED certified.


Learn more about our LEED Certified Buildings and Design Standards!

•   County of San Diego LEED Certified Buildings Inventory

•   Design Standards for County Facilities and Property - Board of Supervisors Policy G15