building construction

The design of new non-residential building projects will result in sustainable structures and sites that efficiently use land, materials, energy and water while they also inspire creativity, productivity and enhance the quality of life in the city.

Omaha’s buildings are a diverse mix of large and small, historic and modern, unique and standard. We realize the impact our built environment has on our economy and culture, and we want to become a national leader in innovative building construction, renovation and building maintenance.

The Building Construction section of the Environmental Element seeks to help Omaha:

  • Maximize the use of existing structures and developed land by making the maintenance, renovation and reuse of those properties its first priority
  • Encourage building design, construction and renovation techniques that efficiently use materials, land, water and energy in both construction techniques and long-term operations
  • Promote the reuse and recycling of building materials, packaging and yard waste
  • Ensure that all buildings provide safe, healthy living and working environments
  • Promote, create and maintain attractive, inspiring and productive places that enhance the quality of life in the city
  • Create buildings and landscapes that produce food, support clean energy, and improve air and water quality
  • Create places where active transportation and pedestrian activity are a priority and personal vehicles are accommodated
  • Encourage the development of mixed use buildings
  • Provide tools, resources and education to encourage the private sector to achieve the goals and objectives of the plan