Since 1991, AEGB has cultivated innovation in building for the enrichment of the community's environmental, economic, and human well-being. We accomplish this through green building ratings, consulting services, code advancement, education, and professional development. As the City and the community grows, we continue to raise the standards for energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, indoor environmental quality, material resources, and site development. AEGB is updating the Commercial Rating for the first time since 2016 to reflect the goals, codes, and policies the City has adopted since then, as well as advances in building technology and practices and lessons learned over the past six years. Together, we will address the current environmental, community, health, and economic issues specific to Central Texas. As part of a global ecosystem, the choices we make close to home have impact across the entire planet, which is why it is important to engage with our community and get it right.


The AEGB Commercial Team works collaboratively with other City departments, local non-profit organizations, and building professionals and meets these goals by developing standards that encourage higher performance levels in the design and development industry. The rating systems reward sustainable building practices, lead to high-performing buildings, and create market demand for more sustainable buildings. Projects are rated on a scale of one to five stars based on a points system of required and voluntary sustainable measures. As the market recognizes the need and benefit of sustainable building practices, the City has incorporated AEGB rating measures into Austin's codes and building regulations.


One of the primary goals of this AEGB Commercial Rating update is to implement the directives of the Austin Climate Equity Plan. Austin’s Climate Equity Plan was created with input from nearly 200 community members, with intentional focus on engaging racially and economically diverse residents about the challenges, barriers, and opportunities facing historically excluded groups. The City mobilized Community Climate Ambassadors to engage members of our community on climate-related topics and provide feedback on potential strategies. Additionally, the City evaluated each strategy in the plan through an equity tool that accounted for outcomes related to health, affordability, accessibility, community capacity, cultural preservation, accountability, and a just transition to green jobs.


Community participation is an important part of this program. Check as we share the latest drafts, collect feedback, and answer questions.

Rating Development

2021 - 2022

AEGB staff drafts new measures and updates existing measures.

Rating Update Feedback

February 2022 – April 2022

Participants review the draft 2022 AEGB Commercial Rating and provide feedback.

Key Dates:

February 2022 - Rating Draft and Overview posted and Site Opens for Comments

March 08, 2022 - Rating Update Overview Live Webinar by AEGB Commercial Staff

March 15, 2022 - Recorded Rating Update Overview Webinar posted for streaming

April 01, 2022 - Deadline for Feedback

Incorporation of Feedback

April 2022 – August 2022

AEGB staff use the feedback to address public comments and update the rating.

2022 AEGB Commercial Rating in effect

September 2022 - present

The final 2022 AEGB Commercial Rating is posted and is in effect for newly registered AEGB projects.

Key Dates:

August 8, 2022 - 2022 AEGB Commercial Rating Guidebook published

September 1, 2022 - 2022 Rating Update takes effect

Who's Listening?

Austin Energy Green Building

Commercial Team


AEGB Vertical