Green building is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings. This approach employs materials and methods that promote natural resource conservation, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
CalGreen mandatory measures apply to all new construction.
A mandatory measures checklist must be included on a plan sheet for all projects subject to these measures.
The U.S. Green Building Council, through the LEED program, encourages adoption of sustainable building and development practices through a voluntary certification system.
Build it Green is a nonprofit promoting sustainable building practices and green products. The organization also offers checklists for home remodeling, new homes and multi-family homes, and a directory of local professionals.