Recent years have seen significant advances in local governments adopting leadership green building standards to improve health, overall cost and reduced environmental impact. In 2010, California adopted state-wide green building standards known as CalGreen. Drawing on an assessment of adopted standards in the region and comparisons between CalGreen and the leading standards from US Green Building Council and Build It Green, the following guidance provides assistance to local governments in the region with respect to these standards.
Summary of Recommendations
- Prioritize education and enforcement of the CALGreen mandatory provisions.
- Where a local leadership standard is desired, continue to apply GreenPoint Rated and the LEED rating systems.
- Should a local government adopt a CALGreen Tier, also accept third-party certified LEED or GreenPoint Rated in lieu of the Tier requirements.
Recommendations & Comparisons
- BACC CalGreen-LEED-BIG Guidance
- Cross-reference of CALGreen residential with GreenPoint Rated and LEED for Homes
- Cross-reference of CALGreen nonresidential with LEED BD&C
- StopWaste companion guides, policy tools and model ordinances