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Green Building

PROPOSED CODE CHANGES RELEASED FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

April 22, 2011

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: BSC’s update of the Green Building Standards for commercial buildings (including proposed requirements for alterations and More »

CHANGES TO COMMERCIAL GREEN BUILDING REGS UNDERWAY

April 14, 2011

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, More »

JUDICIAL AUTHORITY PROVISIONS FOR ENERGY REMOVED FROM BILL

April 8, 2011

In a bit of good news, we are happy to report that we have been working with the author’s office, environmental groups, labor, and several state agencies, to fix concerns related to SB 454 (Pavley; D-Agoura Hills), a measure which would have given the Energy Commission prosecutorial authority to go after those who fail to comply with California’s More »

GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT & EXPOSITION

March 11, 2011

The 2011 Green California Summit & Expo, taking place at the Sacramento Convention Center April 18-20, is shaping up to be the biggest green government conference ever. Over 200 suppliers of green products and services and upwards of 6,000 attendees are expected. The Summit will feature keynote speakers, an educational program of full-day workshops, More »

IN-DEPTH COMMERCIAL CALGREEN WORKSHOP

In addition to the above classes, on April 18 in Sacramento, the Building Standard Commission is also offering a CALGreen workshop that will go in-depth into the commercial/non-residential aspects of the code. You can also earn AIA and ICC continuing education credits by attending this workshop. The CALGreen Commercial Workshop will provide an in-depth More »

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM AIMS TO CREATE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS

March 4, 2011

The California Energy Commission joined regional efforts to increase energy efficiency and encourage clean jobs with the statewide launch of Energy Upgrade California, the new energy efficiency program. Part of this comprehensive program is the integrated Web Portal, which provides easy to use tools and resources to property owners to help them improve More »

STANDARDS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HEARINGS

The Building Standards Commission has set the dates for the next set of Code Advisory Committee Hearings. As required by industry sponsored legislation, all state amendments to the national codes must first go through one of BSC’s Advisory Committees prior to any action by the full commission. Code changes related to disabled accessibility issues More »

PRESIDENT’S BETTER BUILDINGS INITIATIVE

February 4, 2011

In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out his vision for investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Alongside that effort, the President is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across the country. The President’s Better Buildings More »

NEW BUILDING CODES TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

November 12, 2010

Developers with projects planned for the near future are being reminded that permit applications submitted after the end of the year, will be governed by the new California Building Code which takes effect on January.  More »

USGBC TARGETED BY CLASS-ACTION SUIT

October 15, 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been named in a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit argues that USGBC misrepresented the energy performance of buildings certified under its LEED rating system and led certified buildings away from using proven energy-saving strategies. A founding More »

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