PORTLAND HOUSING BUREAU AFFORDABLE HOUSING GREEN BUILDING POLICY
Binding City Policy
Section 1. The Council finds:
1. In 2001, the City of Portland adopted a Green Building Policy requiring new construction and major renovations of all city facilities to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. That policy included a provision for affordable housing that implemented the Portland Developmental Commission (PDC) Affordable Housing Green Building Guidelines in all affordable housing projects funded by the PDC.
2. In 2009, the Housing Bureau formed and split from PDC, and continued to reference the PDC green building policies in its process of awarding local and federal funding for affordable housing.
3. Green building can help the Housing Bureau maximize public investment to provide lower income households with equitable access to high performance buildings that meet the environmental, social and economic goals of affordable housing.
4. The Housing Bureau’s green building policy should prioritize sustainable practices in energy, water, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as these performance metrics are directly applicable to the residential projects the Housing Bureau regulates.
NOW THEREFORE, the Council directs:
a) Portland Housing Bureau to adopt a Green Building Policy for the affordable housing units it owns and regulates to be in line with Exhibits A and B.
b) This ordinance is binding City policy.
Link to Exhibit A - Portland Housing Bureau Affordable Housing Green Building Policy (PDF Document, 85 kb)
Note: Exhibit B does not exist and was noted in error in the ordinance.
Ordinance No. 188655, passed by City Council October 25, 2017 and effective November 24, 2017.