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
Single Family, Duplex, and Tri-Plex Prescriptive Checklist
In order to assist homeowners, designers, and design professionals in achieving the Green Building Program requirements as well as CALGreen Requirements, the City of Sunnyvale has developed the following standardized checklists of green building requirements:
Multi-Family Prescriptive Checklist
Non-Residential Prescriptive Checklist
(effective July 1, 2012)
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.
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.