Fayetteville, AR Energy Efficient Building Policy Resolution
Status: Adopted on 10/2/07
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING POLICY FOR THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE
WHEREAS, the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas desires to encourage new development to include sustainable design and building practices; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes that energy efficient building complements existing policies related to development and natural resources conservation; including solid waste and recycling policies, City Plan 2025, and the Hillside/Hilltop Overlay District; and
WHEREAS, typical development and construction practices are significant contributors to the depletion of natural resources and a major cause of air and water pollution, solid waste, deforestation, and toxic wastes, which influences the overall quality of human life; and
WHEREAS, the United States Green Building Council has, in a national collaborative process, created Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards that identify a range of actions that define energy efficient buildings and establish certification processes for new and existing buildings; and
WHEREAS, LEED-Silver Certification is recognized to provide estimated energy savings of 50 percent, carbon savings of 45 percent, water use savings of 40 percent and waste cost savings of 70 percent compared to typical building practices; and
WHEREAS, a variety of North American municipalities have implemented aggressive energy efficient building policies that match the proposed standard, including: Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colorado; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Dallas, Texas among others; and
WHEREAS, Fayetteville City Council supports sustainable economic development by encouraging the expansion of energy efficient building practices.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS:
Section 1: That the City Council of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas hereby requires all new, city-owned buildings in excess of 5,000 square feet to achieve a minimum certification of LEED-Silver as issued by the US Green Building Council and require all exempt building designs to include a LEED checklist with an emphasis on energy and water efficiency.