Building & Development Design Policy
Plano will implement energy efficient building codes and make sustainable investments to new and existing facilities to reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Annually review the Facility Policies and Procedures to incorporate new building efficiency measures as feasible.
Create a policy requiring any public-private project that includes a development agreement to apply sustainable construction standards, as appropriate, to the project.
Review development and building regulations every three years to ensure provisions for the efficient use of natural resources and promote environmental quality.
Promote buildings and projects that are environmentally friendly and educate the public about the health and environmental benefits of green buildings.
Ensure timely adoption of building codes as established by the International Code Council.
Create a building incentive program for new development and redevelopment projects to incorporate sustainable design elements such as: solar energy; natural lighting; reflective roofs or green roofs; low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) materials and ventilation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) energy performance and efficiency systems; on-site renewable energy; waste minimization; and water reclamation and conservation.
Create regulations for sustainable building and site planning practices such as tree preservation, reduced impervious coverage, and green infrastructure.