CALGreen is the first mandatory green building code in the nation.1 Formally known as “California Building’s Standard Code – Part 11, Title 24, California Code of Regulations,” this code was developed to improve public health, safety, and general welfare by enhancing the design and construction of buildings. The code’s impact on the environment is the equivalent of removing 12 million cars from the road or saving 6 billion gasoline gallons a year.11
The code focuses on 5 key divisions:2
CALGreen is a model for code development organizations around the nation.1 While the standard was developed and used in California, its exemplary strategies can provide a model for building health and sustainability everywhere. Local CALGreen checklists facilitate the understanding of the code’s mandatory standards, which you can easily integrate into project specifications.
Some aspects of CALGreen cover indoor air quality but much of its implementation relates to how buildings operate, like energy and water conservation.10
The significance of CALGreen is not only an action plan to reduce greenhouse gases through building operations, but its subsequent success in doing so.
Why it matters:
CALGreen has proven to successfully counteract global warming and regulate harmful toxins.
Best of all: CALGreen’s strategies can be integrated into building specs! (See below.)
✓ Apply the following CALGreen Considerations on your next project:
Take a look at these CAL Green Checklists created by Napa County and see if you can integrate any of these requirements into your standard spec!
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