3.2.3 Green Roofs Policies

San Francisco’s Better Roofs Ordinance

Requires all new buildings to have 15% of the roof space as solar panels or 30% of the roof space as a Living (green) Roof. Requires new buildings in SOMA to have 15% of the roof space as solar panels and 50% of the roof space as a Living Roof.

Fife WA’s Green Factor Policy

New developments, redevelopments and construction sites must have a landscaping plan that achieves the green factor, adding elements that include green roofs.

NYC’s Green Roofs Policy

New buildings and existing buildings undergoing major renovations in specific occupancy groups defined in the New York City Building Code are required to have a 100% of the available roof space as a sustainable roofing zone.

Denver’s Green Building Ordinance

Requires new buildings, new additions to buildings and existing buildings over 25,000 sf to have a cool roof and comply with one other Green Building requirement, which may include green roofs.