United States

US Federal Government: The Bird-Safe Buildings Act (2019) (Bill pending Mandatory) 

As of July 2021, this act has passed the US House of Representatives and has been passed along to the Committee on Environment and Public Works in the Senate.

The Act, which was introduced in 2019, and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, amends title 40, United States Code, to direct the Administrator of General Services to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings, and for other purposes.

  • The Act states:

    • At least 90 percent of the exposed facade material from ground level to 40 feet should not be composed of glass.

    • Or, in the case of glass, buildings must use material to reduce bird collisions and maintain visual clarity, such as secondary facades, netting, screens, shutters, and exterior shades, or (UV) patterned glass visible to birds.

    • All patterns on glass must be designed in accordance with the ‘2 × 4 rule’; use opaque, etched, stained, frosted, or translucent glass.

    • It is also acceptable to utilize a combination of the methods to prevent window collision.
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Canada

Canada

National

- CSA A460:19 Bird Friendly Design Standard

Provincial

Ontario

Municipal

ONTARIO

-Markham

-Toronto

ALBERTA

-Calgary

BRITISH COLUMBIA

- Vancouver

United States

United States

National

The Bird-Safe Buildings Act (2019)

Pilot Credit 55, LEED v4.1 Bird Collision Deterrence

State

MINNESOTA

- B3 Tools and Programs

- Bird-Safe Building Guidelines

CALIFORNIA

- Green Building Standards Code

ILLINOIS

- Bird-Safe State Buildings Bill HB0247

MARYLAND

- Senate Bill 314: Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019

NEW YORK

- The Bird-Friendly Buildings Act Bill S4204A