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Green Building Program Review Currently Underway

The City adopted the green building program in 2009, establishing LEED and Build It Green levels for commercial and residential projects, respectively. There have been periodic amendments to these standards since 2009, as was contemplated when the program was first adopted. The current effort is the latest update to the program. The draft staff recommendation is available. This item is scheduled to be discussed at the following public meetings:

Sustainability Commission on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Planning Commission on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

City Council on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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, more recently modifications were approved with new residential requirements which will be effective on October 1, 2012. Following is a summary of the program:

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.




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