The California Building Standards Commission GREEN Code Advisory Committee discussed yesterday, a range of proposals for the Interim building code update.  Update ideas impact everything from electric vehicle charging station ratios and installation, to indoor air quality, to water efficiency guidelines.

As required by industry-sponsored legislation, state agencies proposing to amend the state building codes must first have their code-change proposal heard by at least one of the BSC’s Code Advisory Committees (CAC).  These advisory committees then provide the proposing agency and the commission with advice on whether the code-change should be rejected, approved or approved with amendments.

Due to the objection of industry representatives and the enforcement community, the Building Standards Commission did withdrawn a proposal to increase the amount of construction waste and debris which must be recycled or reused.  State law and the California Green Building Code currently require at least 50% of construction waste and debris to be recycled or reused.  The BSC had proposed to increase this percentage to 65% starting July of 2015, a year and a half ahead of the schedule previously announced.

Industry and the enforcement community objected over the lack of adequate cost impact data and the fact that mixed-use projects would be dealing with two different standards for the same project (Note: the increase to 65% recycling for residential projects will not take effect until January of 2017).  Since the BSC chose to withdraw this proposal, it is effectively “dead” and cannot be heard at the July BSC Adoption Hearing.

This is an ongoing process.  Proposals are technical and complicated.  Your participation is highly encouraged.  Here are the non-residential changes that were discussed:  California Building Standards Commission (BSC 06/13) – Amend the triennial edition of the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code, Title 24, Part 11.

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