The newest updates to the state Green Building Code, better known as “CALGreen,” will be effective on January 1, 2014.  Are you prepared?

CALGreen, the nation’s first statewide green building code, was originally developed in 2008 has been a mandatory part of the building code since January 1, 2011. CALGreen establishes uniform minimum green building standard aimed at reducing the environmental impact of residential, commercial, and public building construction practices.

CALGreen applies throughout the full life of a building – from design to construction, operation and occupancy – and focuses on a wide variety of issues from energy efficiency, water efficiency and conservation, to indoor air quality.  The code applies to all new construction and most tenant improvements.

Here is the current code for commercial (free electronic copies of the new code are not available at this time):   CALGreen Third Edition January 2012 including changes effective July 1, 2012

Here is a summary of the CALGreen changes effective January 1, 2014.

You should be working closely with design and construction teams to make sure you project – new or an improvement – meets all relevant local codes.  CALGreen is just a statewide minimum. Several jurisdictions have adopted local code requirements that go above and beyond the state building code.

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