The City of Fremont CalGreen requirements are straightforward. Tier 1 compliance is not required for either residential or commercial projects. However, they do require that an ICC certified CalGreen Special Inspector be involved in the project.
The CalGreen Inspector must review the permit documents and verify that all of the mandatory checklist requirements are included in the design. The inspector then signs Design Verification form that is submitted along with the permit documents.
Fremont has revised their CalGreen compliance for the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code. Under the 2016 code, they required a CalGreen special inspector to perform a final inspection at the completion of a residential project. This requirement has been dropped under the 2019 code. This is good news for homeowners as it saves them the cost of hiring a special inspector.
For commercial projects a CalGreen special inspector is still required.
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The CalGreen Checklist
The City of Fremont has one checklist for residential projects and one for commercial projects.
The checklist is a commitment that is being made with the City of Fremont building department. Each item checked becomes an obligation that the project must include. Failure to install any item on the list is cause for the building inspector to deny an occupancy permit. This can cause a costly delay for the home owner or building owner.
The City of Fremont CalGreen checklists do not have all the code requirements on it. You cannot rely on your building department’s checklist for full compliance with the code. Therefore it is in your best interest to hire a CalGreen specialist who can ensure all of the code requirements are met.
The CalGreen Special Inspection for Commercial Projects
Your Fremont CalGreen requirements include one or more site visits by a certified CalGreen Special Inspector for a commercial project. Typically when you hire a CalGreen checklist consultant, they will also include the special inspector services in their fee proposal.
Some companies providing CalGreen checklist services (and most architects) don’t have special inspectors on staff. If you get a quote that excludes the special inspector services, this can cost you more money in the long run. Make sure you hire a company that will do both. They will be able to guide you, and your contractor, through the CalGreen process to ensure you don’t have any costly surprises at the end of construction.
CalGreen and the City of Fremont Building Division
The Fremont Building and Safety Division is the agency that regulates the CalGreen Code requirements. The regulations apply to both residential and commercial construction new constructions as well as to certain alterations and additions.
All new and renovation projects in Fremont require a CalGreen permit submittal.
In order to avoid delays in your permit approval it can be important to have a CalGreen specialist supporting your project. We will work with you or your architect to ensure the CalGreen submittal is properly coordinated and documented. At CalGreen Energy Services we have developed stream-lined procedures to provide you with a professional submittal, in an economical manner.
We Work Directly With the Fremont Building Division
If necessary, we will deal directly with the Fremont Building Division to ensure your project does not get unfairly burdened with inapplicable CalGreen requirements. THIS is the difference a CalGreen specialist can bring to your project. Fewer requirements mean lower construction costs, fewer constructability issues and fewer change orders.
When You Need Your Sign-off NOW!
We understand the tight schedules everyone is under these days. Architects, contractors and building owners are all under pressure to submit permit documents quickly. The last thing any project needs is to be held up waiting for the CalGreen Checklist or CalGreen Special Inspector sign-off.
As specialists in the CalGreen process we can help ensure the project meets both its schedule and it’s need for permit approval. Simply getting the project “out the door” doesn’t help the owner if you end up with multiple permit back-checks.
We have streamlined our CalGreen Consulting and CalGreen Special Inspector processes to meet the needs of the construction industry. We are also Certified Commissioning Agents that can manage your CalGreen Commissioning requirements as well.
We respond quickly to emails and voicemails. We will put together a proposal for you right away and can typically start on your project within a couple of days.
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Gary Welch has over 35 years experience in the field of sustainable building design. He is the CEO of CalGreen Energy Services. Gary is an ICC Certified CalGreen Special Inspector and Plans Examiner.