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Dallas set to approve green building standards

The Dallas City Council is set to approve a new ordinance that will place new green building standards in the city in two phases, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The ordinance’s first phase would go into effect Oct. 1, 2009. Under the law, builders would have to create structures (under 50,000 square feet) that use 15 percent less energy and 20 percent less water than current Dallas codes. Roofs must also meet energy efficiency guidelines. Larger projects “will face similar, but less stringent requirements,” according to the report.

By Oct. 1, 2011, the ordinance requires that all new construction in Dallas be approved under LEED standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council or commensurate programs, such as the local Green Built North Texas program.

The city council has yet to vote on the matter, pending a comment period set aside for developers who wish to address the issue.

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