LOS ANGELES-A new green ordinance adopted by the Los Angeles City Council this week requires base-level LEED certification and creates what city officials call “the mostfar-reaching plan of any big city in America to promote green building practices in theprivate sector.” The new measure, adopted unanimously by the city council, applies to all projects at or above 50,000 sf or 50 units and promises to provide expeditedprocessing through the planning and public works departments if a builder commits to pursuing LEED Silver accreditation.

The new ordinance, which is less stringent than a similar measure that is under consideration in San Francisco, applies to existing buildings under certain conditions in redevelopment projects, and it outlines a host of other requirements for builders. Among these is the requirement that the project team must include a LEED-accredited professional. The new standards will take effect on Nov. 1 this year for commercial projects and for high-rise residential development, and on May 1, 2009 for low-rise residential projects.

With L.A.’s adoption of the ordinance, the number of US municipalities that have enacted green building rules is probably at least 120, according to Peter Belisle, Los Angeles-based president of project and development services for Jones Lang LaSalle, who tells GlobeSt.com that the number is growing steadily. Belisle observes that the adoption of the green building ordinances is unusual if not unique in that it has the support both of those who are enacting it and those who must abide by the rules.

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