Green Building New Construction Program

Arlington County encourages developers to build high-performance green buildings to reduce environmental impacts in our community. The County’s voluntary green building program uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building rating system as a standard to measure the comprehensive green approach of each project. Ongoing energy performance is evaluated using the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. This program applies to site plan, Form Based Code, and affordable housing developments in Arlington. Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Green Building Incentive Policy 2020 Update


The Arlington County Board updated Arlington’s Green Building Incentive Policy on December 12, 2020.  The policy offers site plan developers bonus density in exchange for LEED Gold certification, additional energy requirements, and other environmental components.  The policy was updated to keep up with changes to the building code, LEED rating system, technology, and market trends.

Please note: Site plan projects accepted after March 30, 2021 were required to use the updated Policy and associated criteria.


Public Process

October 2020 Public Comment Period (Closed)

  • Draft policy changes, overview, and community feedback: LINK
  • Staff Responses to Comments – LINK

November 2020 Proposed Updated Policy (Under Review)

Update for Multifamily Developments Requesting Green Building Bonus Density

Multifamily developments may now use either the LEED for Homes Multifamily or Earthcraft Virginia green building rating systems. See the full interpretation here.

Green Building Update to 4.1 Site Plan Projects (September 21, 2019)

An update to the Green Building Density Incentive program adds Zero Carbon certification as an option for building developers to earn bonus density.

See links below and if you have additional questions or comments, please email Victoria Keichel and


New Projects


Guidance Documents for Approved Projects


Resources and Reports