The California Building Standards Commission has adopted a statewide green building code, which the state claims as a first in the nation.
California Green Building Standards Code contains standards for single-family
homes, health facilities, and commercial buildings and will encourage builders
to reduce the energy use of their structures to 15 percent below the energy use
that is achieved with the state’s mandatory energy efficiency standards. The
standards also address on-site renewable energy use, water consumption, green
building materials, indoor air quality and other measures.
standards will become mandatory for housing in 2010 but are currently optional
for all buildings, allowing time for the building industry and local building
code officials to adjust to the new standards. After 2010, the green building
standards will be updated annually.
For more information, visit the
California Building Standards Commission Website atwww.bsc.ca.gov.
California Establishes Statewide Green Building Standards
August 19, 2008