Green Building Program Overview
Green building is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings that employs materials and methods that promote natural resource conservation, energy efficiency, and a good indoor air quality. The City Council originally adopted a green building program which became effective on January 1, 2010, most recently modifications were approved with new standards which will be effective on January 1, 2015. Following is a summary of the program requirements based on application date and status:
Building Permits Submitted from October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 - Historic Green Building Program Information
Planning application 'deemed complete' on or after January 1, 2015. If a Planning application is not required, projects with Building Permits submitted on or after January 1, 2015 - Current Green Building Program Information
California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen)
The CalGreen mandatory measures apply to all new construction. They also apply to residential additions/alterations that increase the building's conditioned area and to non-residential additions greater than 1,000 square feet and non-residential alterations valued at $200,00 and more. Following are the mandatory measures checklists for residential and non-residential buildings. These checklists shall be included on a plan sheet to all projects subject to these measures:
CalGreen Mandatory Measures - Residential
CalGreen Mandatory Measures - Non-residential
Build It Green (BIG)
Build it Green
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource-efficient building practices. Their web site contains information on the general concept of green building, green design and planning, and green products and practices, lists financial incentives, health benefits, maintenance, and durability benefits. They also have GreenPoint Rated Guidelines and Checklists
for home remodeling, new homes, and multi-family homes.
US Green Building Council/Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC/LEED)
The US Green Building Council, through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. Their web site contains listing of LEED accredited professionals, information about the LEED rating systems, resources for compliance with the LEED programs.