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LOCAL TAXATION BILL MOVES FOWARD

May 6, 2011

Amid a statewide debate over how to balance California’s budget comes SB 653 (Steinberg; D-Sacramento) that would allow for taxes – to be imposed by local authorities. The bill would allow local government (county, city, or even a school district) to impose a number of taxes which currently can only be levied by the state, upon voter approval More »

CALGREEN NOW MANDATORY – TRAINING AVAILABLE

April 29, 2011

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 More »

ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON NON-RESIDENTIAL ENERGY REGS

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 More »

ENERGY COMMISSION TIMETABLE FOR MAJOR REGULATORY UPDATE

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 More »

PROPOSED CODE CHANGES RELEASED FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

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 »

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

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 More »

NLRB GETS AGGRESSIVE

The New York Times has been providing very good coverage of some very worrisome actions recently taken by the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB plans on suing two states for “card check” rules, and a major employer who moved operations from one state to another. If you have not heard about these issues yet, here are a few “must read” More »

BILL TO BAN BIG RETAIL WILL BE HEARD ON MONDAY

Senate Bill 469 (Vargas; D-San Diego), a bill pushed by some unions to make it more difficult to build “big box” retail stores in California, will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Monday. Under the guise of “assuring better planning decisions by local governments,” the bill inappropriately used the state’s environmental More »

OPPOSITION FOR WATER SUBMETER MANDATE

On the other hand, we had to oppose another bill – AB 19 (Fong; D-Mountain View) – mandating water submeters be installed in all residential dwelling units. We communicated to the Legislature that although we do not oppose the installation of water meters and submeters in individual tenant units, this bill will set bad precedent by not More »

SUPPORT FOR WATER SUBMETER BILL

As California builders, managers, and tenants are looking for cost effective ways to become more efficient, the use of electrical and water submeters have become more common. The commercial real estate industry supports policies that will help users better understand resource usage. However, in California recently, a steady and consistent supply of More »

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