Is There Such a Thing as a Green Dallas?

Dallas has a bad reputation of being a bit behind. Behind in what? Well, you can pretty much fill in the blank there, but progressiveness is the major theme. So what about Dallas and environmental or “green” standards? I’m not saying we’re ahead of the game by any means, but the good news is that Dallas City Council recently passed a new construction requirement to reduce environmental impact.

In fact, according to, Dallas is “one of the first major U.S. cities to pass comprehensive building standard for both residential and commercial construction.”

So what does that mean to regular folk like you and me? Not much, unless you’re in the process of building a new home, or you’re an architect or builder. Basically the new green construction ordinance is aimed at reducing energy and water consumption in all new buildings, whether they’re homes or commercial buildings.

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The city has even put together a Green Building Task Force, which will chip in green recommendations for any private development in Dallas. The city’s aim is to hold both private and commercial buildings to the same green standard, which it defines broadly as reaching “air equality goals.”

One very concrete statement made by the city, though, is that Dallas will be the greenest city in the U.S. by 2030. Good luck, Dallas. I won’t be holding my breath, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

As of the new year, the ordinance is now rolling. You can get all the details here.

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