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    Jul 8

    MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING MEETING

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    As the state moves forward implementing mandatory statewide commercial recycling regulations, the responsible regulatory agency, CalRecycle, is conducting a workshop to seek stakeholder input.  As part of the state’s regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the landmark AB 32, the proposed mandatory commercial recycling rules attempt to reduce greenhouse gases by focusing waste reduction within the commercial sector and requiring businesses and multifamily units of 5 units or more that produce more than four cubic yards of solid waste per week to recycle. 

    At the workshop, staff will present the results of additional economic analyses done for the proposed regulation and changes to the regulatory language since January.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the CalEPA Building in Sacramento. Participation via webcast will be available.  Click here to register for the webcast.

    Since this regulation may have a major impact on our members, we encourage those interested and knowledgeable in this area to review the regulations and either participate in the workshop or provide us with feedback and concerns to carry to the meeting on your behalf.

    More information can be found on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulations by clicking here. 

    May 13

    EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY – AB 758 REGULATIONS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock.  In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. 

    The commercial real estate industry supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the existing building stock and your Sacramento staff will be participating in this important proceeding. However, we highly encourage interested members of our industry to participate and provide input.  Here is the CEC website which explains AB 758 and what California is trying to accomplish with these regulations.

    May 13

    GREEN LOGISTICS CENTERS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Here is an interesting article about the application of third party green certification systems in an industrial setting.  “The importance of sustainability in developing and operating distribution centers and plants has become a popular logistics topic.”  But how well does the program guide the unique needs of an industrial building? Click here to read more.

    May 6

    EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock.  In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. 

    The commercial real estate industry supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the existing building stock and your Sacramento staff will be participating in this important proceeding. However, we highly encourage interested members of the industry to participate and provide input.  Here is the CEC website which explains AB 758 and what California is trying to accomplish with these regulations.

    May 6

    LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WEIGHING GREEN OPTIONS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Over the past five years there has been an aggressive push in California at the local and state level to dramatically increase the sustainability of our already strict building codes.  That effort culminated in the groundbreaking passage of the nation’s first statewide “Green” building code, referred to as “CALGreen.”  Unlike in the past, where only a few individual jurisdictions passed local ordinances to guide green construction, now all buildings in the state must comply with a statewide minimum.  Because of this code, all new construction is consistently more environmentally friendly.

    There are still advocates that are pushing ever more strict codes based on non-governmental standards.  However, since the baseline in California has come up so much, pushing that goal ever further out there makes the incremental costs more and more expensive and the technological aspects less feasible.

    Rational people can argue about what level of “green” is appropriate for a building and their jurisdiction, and that is happening in many cities across the state.  Recently, policymakers in the City of Cupertino had such a discussion.  Urged on by green building advocates to adopt mandates mirroring upper levels of some private certification programs, the city council decided not to take that course of action at this time.

    Instead, the City of Cupertino has decided for the time being to focus its efforts on compliance with the new state mandated CALGreen provisions and then revisit the issue in 2012.  Here is an interesting article that outlines some of the issues they wrestled with when considering whether or not to adopt tougher standards.

    Apr 29

    CALGREEN NOW MANDATORY – TRAINING AVAILABLE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    CALGreen, the nation’s first statewide green building code, is now mandatory for all new construction.  Training on this new code is now more important than ever.  Green Technology’s CALGreen training, developed in partnership with the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development, has proven the most popular and effective introduction to this new code.  Here are dates for upcoming seminars:

    • May 18, Oakland
    • June 8, Los Angeles
    • June 22, San Francisco
    • July 13, San Diego
    • July 20, Sacramento
    • July 27, Anaheim
    • August 10, San Jose
    • August 24, Los Angeles
    • September 7, Oakland

    For more information and a full list of our upcoming seminars, click here.

    Apr 29

    ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON NON-RESIDENTIAL ENERGY REGS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The CEC has an upcoming workshop scheduled on May 5.  Please let us know if you have issues of interest at this proceeding.  If you want to participate directly follow the link for more information:

    May 5 Workshop on draft revisions for Nonresidential Building for possible inclusion in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

    Industry MUST provide input into this process – your help is needed!

    Apr 29

    ENERGY COMMISSION TIMETABLE FOR MAJOR REGULATORY UPDATE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Given discussions at California Energy Commission (CEC) hearings and workshops over the past five months, the CEC is about to kick-off the biggest update of its standards in the 35-year history of that commission. Even though comparisons show the California Energy Efficiency Standards as being 50% more stringent than similar standards used at the national level, the CEC is proposing to increase the level of stringency for new commercial buildings in California by another 15%-20%.

    While the new standards will not take effect until January of 2014, almost all development of the new standards will occur between now and June of 2011. The regulatory calendar released by the CEC is as follows:

    • April-June 2011: CEC conducts pre-rulemaking workshops
    • August 2011 – February of 2012: CEC formal rulemaking
    • March 2012: CEC adopts new standards
    • January 1, 2014: New standards take effect throughout the state

    For more information see the CEC’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards information page.

    Apr 29

    PROPOSED CODE CHANGES RELEASED FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The Building Standards Commission (BSC), Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) have released “45-Day Language” code-change proposals.  Key proposals include:

    Once adopted by the BSC, this round of changes would take effect on a statewide basis on July 1, 2012.

    As with previous updates to the codes, staff will be reviewing all proposed changes and preparing comments for submittal to the proposing agency and the Building Standards Commission, however we need your review and comments (simply click on the code name above for the drafts).  Comments must be received by May 20th  so we can have time to review and compile and provide to the BSC.

    Apr 29

    EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock.  In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. 

    The commercial real estate industry supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the existing building stock and your Sacramento staff will be participating in this important proceeding. However, we highly encourage interested members of industry to participate and provide input.  Here is the CEC website which explains AB 758 and what California is trying to accomplish with these regulations.

    Apr 22

    PROPOSED CODE CHANGES RELEASED FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The Building Standards Commission (BSC), Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) have released “45-Day Language” code-change proposals.  Key proposals include:

    Once adopted by the BSC, this round of changes would take effect on a statewide basis on July 1, 2012 .

    As with previous updates to the codes, staff will be reviewing all proposed changes and preparing comments for submittal to the proposing agency and the Building Standards Commission, however we need your review and comments (simply click on the code name above for the drafts).  Comments must be received by May 20th so we can have time to review, compile and provide to the BSC.

    Apr 14

    CHANGES TO COMMERCIAL GREEN BUILDING REGS UNDERWAY

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Even though our new CalGreen building standards have only been in effect for three months, the state is already working on substantial amendments to the provisions for commercial buildings. In early April, the Building Standards Commission’s Code Advisory Committee reviewed several hundred proposed changes to the CalGreen standards that, if adopted, would take effect on July 1, 2012. Most of these code-change proposals could be characterized as “editorial” in nature. However, a few represented significant changes, including:

    Additions and Alterations: A lengthy 10-page proposal establishing green building requirements for additions and alterations of existing commercial buildings was sent back to the BSC for “Further Study”, wherein the BSC staff will seek additional comment from industry and the environmental community over the next 30 days. The biggest issue to be resolved focuses on whether the effective date should be 7/1/12 or 1/1/14.

    A 2-page proposal that would have established building standards aimed at reducing “bird-strike” on commercial buildings was rejected by the advisory committee on a 4-2 vote.

    A revised set of proposed green building standards will be prepared over the next 3-4 weeks and will be released to the public as formal 45-Day Language sometime in the first half of May. As soon as that language becomes available, a link to these proposals will be provided in a future article.  Stay tuned, we need your help and industry must weigh in!