Green Building

The City of Irvine has maintained a longstanding history as a leader in environmental policies and construction.  Irvine has demonstrated its commitment to green buildings through the enactment of the Irvine Build Green Program, a program that encourages builders to create environmentally sensitive, healthier developments for its residents, businesses and visitors.


In July 17, 2008 the California Building Standards Commission adopted the California Green Buildings Standard Code, which established green building standards as a fundamental part of the California Building Code. In response to this new legislation, the City of Irvine has decided to discontinue the Irvine Build Green Program in favor of adopting the statewide green building code. Although the state had set the mandatory compliance date for all of California for January 1, 2011, Irvine has stayed true to its reputation as a pioneer in green development, choosing to adopt the CALGREEN codes almost a year ahead of schedule. The City adopted an ordinance in conjunction with the State of California’s Green Building Code Standards to promote conservation and resource efficiency for development.


​Learn about the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, an internationally-recognized green building certification system.  For more information on what LEED measures, who uses LEED, and how to achieve certification. Click here to learn more. ​

Green Point Rated

Read more on Green Point Rated, a green home rating program of Build it Green, a professional non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy energy and resource efficient building in California.  Find out how the Green Point Rating program works, what it measures, and how to find a Green Point Rater for your home. Click here to learn more.