Gallery: California Approves First Statewide Green Building Code!

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It’s been a banner week for environmental policy as the California Building Standards Commission recently broke news of the nation’s first statewide green building code. The measure mandates significant improvements in energy efficiency and water consumption in all new construction throughout the state. The announcement was fore-grounded by April’s ambitious LA green building law and comes hot on the heels of Al Gore’s historic appeal last week for a carbon-free US energy policy.

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  1. justus August 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Let’s hope it inspires similar initiatives, though the US has yet to catch up with California’s old building codes. If every building in the US had to meet our old codes, the country would already meet Kyoto… we’ll keep leading if you follow better! :)

  2. allbanddxer July 27, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Green Collar Guy,
    With every code change the inspectors in CA have to adjust, its just one more change. Code enforcement and the building departments on a local level do not enforce this type of code change in existing buildings but instead the requirements are for new construction and significant remodels only. I have not heard anything about a shortage of building inspectors, and I doubt that this will cause any significant increases in demand. A green building code does not require specialty green inspectors, just current building inspectors with a copy of the code to study and work from. A good inspector should be able to adjust quickly to the code changes.

  3. green collar guy July 24, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    so my question is are there enough people who can check to make sure that ll these buildings are up to code and is it going to slow down building times?

  4. green collar guy July 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    so here’s my question. do we have enough auditors to examine that all buildings are up to code. it seems like good work if you can get it.

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