22
Jan

Architects and EV Chargers

The 2022 California Green Building Standards Code has a new learning curve for architect’s and EV chargers. This is no longer an issue they can simply delegate to the contractor or electrical the engineer. If your project is a multi-family, or hotel or motel, the impacts will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. ...
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07
Nov

Merced County CalGreen

Merced County CalGreen Merced County CalGreen requirements are similar to elsewhere in the state. The Merced Municipal Code has adopted the current version of the California Green Building Standards Code (aka CalGreen) under section 16.34.010. The adopted code applies to all new residential and commercial buildings. Compliance with the CalGreen Code is required for additions...
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02
Nov

New EV Charge Stations for 2023

New EV Charge Stations for 2023 The 2022 CalGreen Code, which goes into effect on January 1, of 2023 will mandate 16,100 new electric vehicle charge stations in 2023. These will be required in new multi-family projects, as well as hotels and motels.  The new code requires that EV chargers, ready for use, be provided...
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24
Aug

2022 CalGreen Tier 1 and 2 EV Requirements

The 2022 CalGreen Tier 1 and 2 EV Requirements The 2022 CalGreen Tier 1 and 2 EV requirements have changed. The requirements, and the associated costs to your project, have increased from the 2019 code. Electric vehicles play an important role in California’s efforts to reach its ambitious climate and air quality goals. These vehicles,...
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20
Aug

2022 CalGreen Code EV Charging Requirements

2022 CalGreen EV Charging Requirements You are not alone if your are struggling to understand the new CalGreen Code electric vehicle charging requirements. Why can’t the code officials just say what they mean??? In this article we will explore the 2022 CalGreen EV charging requirements for both residential and non-residential projects. We will address the...
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15
Jul

2022 CalGreen Code Changes

2022 CalGreen Code Changes This 2022 CalGreen Code changes summary will provide a detailed review of the new code changes. The changes will go into effect throughout California on January 1, 2023. The California Green Building Standards Code contains standards applicable to residential and non-residential buildings throughout California, including schools and community colleges. The California...
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30
Apr

CalGreen – What to Show on Your Permit Plans

CalGreen – What to Show on Your Permit Plans So you’ve got the CalGreen Checklist complete for your project, but what do you need to show on your permit plans? The simple answer is that every applicable item on your checklist needs to have a corresponding note, table, or detail on your drawings. In a...
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22
Apr

CalGreen Help

CalGreen Help “Hi Gary, I need CalGreen help!“ This is the way that we are introduced to many of our clients. What follows next falls into a few different categories. The first is, “The building department tells me I need to provide a CalGreen checklist with my residential permit application.” Another intro is, “My project...
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22
Apr

CalGreen for Contractors

CalGreen for Contractors There are many cases where contractors need the services of a CalGreen specialist. This is the case for design-build contractors, fire and water repair companies and individual home owner’s who are managing their own projects. If you’re building a new residential or commercial building, or doing significant additions or alterations, you are...
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22
Apr

CalGreen for Your New Home

CalGreen for Your New Home CalGreen for your new home consists of two parts. This first part is filling out the correct CalGreen Checklist for your jurisdiction. The second part is ensuring your architectural, electrical, plumbing and site plans include all of the CalGreen requirements.  Filling out the checklist wrong can add costs and delays...
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22
Apr

CalGreen Inspections

CalGreen Inspections All new and remodeled projects in California require a final CalGreen inspection. This applies to both residential and commercial projects. There can be a significant impact on the project depending on who is required to perform the inspection. Your local building department determines who is required to perform the CalGreen inspections. There are...
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09
Apr

The CalGreen Code

The CalGreen Code The Black Sheep of the California Building Codes There can be little doubt that the CalGreen Code (aka the California Green Building Standards Code) is the black sheep of the California Building Codes. In the English language, black sheep is an idiom used to describe a member of a group, different from...
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30
Mar

CalGreen Permit

CalGreen permit documentation is required to be submitted with your building permit application. The purpose of the documentation is to demonstrate compliance with the California Green Buildings Standard Code.  The CalGreen permit process typically calls for a Mandatory Measures Checklist that is required to be placed on a drawing sheet. It is intended to ensure...
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19
Jan

CalGreen for Monterey County

CalGreen for Monterey County The Monterey County Building Department requires the submission of a CalGreen Mandatory Measures checklist for all new residential and commercial building permits.  Residential renovations that increase the home’s conditioned area, volume, or size require compliance with the California Green Building Standards Code (aka CalGreen). You demonstrate compliance with the code by...
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18
Nov

CalGreen for Walnut Creek

Cal Green for Walnut Creek CalGreen for Walnut Creek can be confusing due to the lack of guidance on the city’s website. Further confusing the issue is the CalGreen checklist that is posted there.  There are some jurisdictions that, perhaps, go a little over-board with sustainable design. Then there are those that don’t seem to...
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06
Sep

CalGreen for Non-Residential Projects

CalGreen for Non-Residential Projects CalGreen for non-residential projects requires the services of a CalGreen specialist. Unfortunately for building owners, this rarely happens. CalGreen for most non-residential buildings is typically handled by either the architect or the mechanical engineer. These firms rarely have an in-house CalGreen specialist. Instead, the design architect or engineer ends up pasting...
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01
Sep

CalGreen for Nevada County

CalGreen for Nevada County The Nevada County Building Department requires the submission of a CalGreen Mandatory Measures checklist for all new residential and commercial building permits applications.  Residential renovations that increase the home’s conditioned area, volume, or size require compliance with the California Green Building Standards Code (aka CalGreen). You demonstrate compliance with the code...
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31
Aug

Chico Cal Green

Chico Cal Green Chico Cal Green permits are required for all new and remodel projects. Chico has published their own CalGreen Mandatory Measures checklists for both residential and commercial projects. The use of these checklists can help simplify the incorporation of the CalGreen code requirements into your project. Unfortunately theses checklists do not provide enough...
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30
Apr

Cal Green for Renovations

Cal Green for Renovations   Cal Green for your home renovation requires that you provide documentation that your permit plans include all of the applicable Cal Green Code (California Green Building Standards Code) requirements. Accordingly, most building departments will require you to provide an edited Cal Green Checklist for your project. The CalGreen Checklist is...
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26
Jan

CalGreen for Palm Desert

CalGreen for Palm Desert CalGreen for your Palm Desert permit requires you submit their own 2019 CalGreen Residential Mandatory Measures Checklist for residential projects when you submit your building plans. However, this checklist can lead the unwary into wasting money on unnecessary requirements. This is because the checklist implies that your project must comply with...
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25
Jan

CalGreen Notes for Architectural Plans

CalGreen Notes for Architectural Plans All architectural permit plans for residential and commercial new construction and remodel projects in California are required to comply with the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code. For various reasons we see a lot of permit plans that have no mention of the CalGreen requirements. Quite simply, this exposes architects...
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22
Jan

Los Angeles CalGreen

Los Angeles CalGreen Los Angeles CalGreen compliance is, perhaps, the most confusing process in the state. The LA City Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) is the permit division for building construction and oversees the CalGreen Code requirements. The City of Los Angeles has adopted the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code, with amendments. The...
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20
Nov

Cal Green for Your Home Addition

Cal Green for Your Home Addition Cal Green for your home addition, or remodel, requires that you provide documentation that your permit plans include all of the applicable Cal Green Code (California Green Building Standards Code) requirements. Accordingly most building departments will require you to provide an edited Cal Green Checklist for your project. The...
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11
Nov

CalGreen for Building Departments

CalGreen for Building Departments Many building departments in the state have yet to develop a methodology for reviewing and inspecting the California Green Building Standards Code requirements. The lack of a clear process is confusing for permit techs, architects, and building inspectors. The problem with CalGreen for building departments is a result of a number...
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06
Sep

Title 24 Commissioning

Title 24 Commissioning Title 24 commissioning is required on all new commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet. This requirement comes from the 2019 California Energy Code.  Building Commissioning is the professional practice that ensures buildings are delivered according to the owner’s project requirements and in accordance with the design documents. Buildings that are properly commissioned...
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10
Aug

Cal Green for Factory-Built Homes

Cal Green for factory-built homes can be a grey area for many building departments. In order to understand the issue lets first define “factory-built”. The best source for the legal definition in California comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD regulates the manufacturing of factory-built homes for sale in California....
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04
Aug

CalGreen Tiers

CalGreen Tiers The CalGreen tiers are the so-called “voluntary” measures of the California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen). The Tier requirements are only “voluntary” for the building department to adopt, or not adopt. If adopted, they are mandatory for your project.  The CalGreen Code is the statewide code requiring sustainable design for residential and non-residential buildings....
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27
Jun

CalGreen and Remodels

CalGreen and Remodels There is some misinformation regarding CalGreen and remodels, or renovations, floating around the internet. CalGreen code compliance is required for any residential remodel that “increases the building’s conditioned area, volume or size”. This is noted in the 2019 Green Building Standards Code, Chapter 3, Green Building, section 301.1.1.  For non-residential additions and alterations,...
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26
Jun

CalGreen – Frequently Asked Questions

CalGreen – Frequently Asked Questions What is CalGreen? CalGreen is an abbreviated reference to the California Green Building Standards Code. The code was first adopted in 2009 and is updated every three years. The code sets minimum requirements for sustainable practices for residential and commercial construction projects throughout the state. What portions of construction are...
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26
Jun

2019 Sonoma County CalGreen Checklists

2019 Sonoma County CalGreen Checklists The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Division (PRMD) has updated their CalGreen Checklists for the 2019 Green Building Standards Code requirements. The new checklists are (click on title below to download): BPC-065 CalGreen Checklist Residential New Construction BPC-066 CalGreen Checklist Residential Additions and Alterations BPC-068 CalGreen Checklist Non-Residential New...
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17
Jun

CalGreen Mandatory Measures

CalGreen Mandatory Measures CalGreen Mandatory Measures are a requirement of the California Green Building Standards Code. These mandatory measures are required on all new homes and residences. Furthermore, they also apply to additions and alterations which increase the building’s conditioned area, interior volume, or size.  The type of buildings required to comply with the CalGreen...
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12
May

Tuolumne County CalGreen

Tuolumne County CalGreen Tuolumne County CalGreen requirements have changed as of January 1, 2020. New residential projects require a 2019 Housing and Community Development (HCD) Calgreen checklist to be submitted along with your permit plans. This is not good news for your project. This extensive twelve page checklist is full of requirements that do not...
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16
Apr

Fremont CalGreen

Fremont CalGreen 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...
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13
Apr

CalGreen Checklist

CalGreen Checklist is a form that is required to be submitted with your building permit application. The purpose of the checklist is to document which California Green Buildings Standard Code items your project will comply with. In addition, the CalGreen Checklist is intended to ensure that your project’s design team has actually incorporated these requirements...
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06
Apr

CalGreen Commissioning

CalGreen Commissioning CalGreen commissioning is required on all projects over 10,000 square feet. In addition, the 2019 California Energy Code has two separate commissioning requirements. One is for buildings under 10,000 square feet and one for over 10,000 square feet. To be clear, the California Energy Code for buildings under 10,000 square feet only require...
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31
Mar

Santa Rosa CalGreen Commissioning

Santa Rosa CalGreen Commissioning As of January 1, 2020, the city of Santa Rosa will require some level of CalGreen commissioning on every project. This includes buildings that are less than 10,000 square feet. This requirement is part of the 2019 California Energy Code changes and it is independent of the existing CalGreen Commissioning requirements...
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02
Mar

CalGreen for Sacramento County

CalGreen for Sacramento County The Sacramento County CalGreen permit process is confusing due to the complete lack of online information. The county website provides no guidance on the process or what if any amendments they have made to the code. The only clue is to follow the “Upcodes” link to the county municipal code. Once...
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29
Feb

Napa County CalGreen

Napa County CalGreen Requirements The Napa County CalGreen requirements are straightforward when compared to other North Bay building departments. 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...
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30
Jan

CalGreen Problems

CalGreen Problems CalGreen problems plague almost every new construction project in California. Resolving these problems has become a large part of our business. The reason for the problems falls into two main categories. The first is the code itself. Both the format and the content of the code are very different from the other California...
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26
Jan

Cal Green Commissioning

Cal Green Commissioning Cal Green commissioning is required on all new commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet. Building Commissioning is the professional practice that ensures buildings are delivered according to the owner’s project requirements and in accordance with the design documents. Buildings that are properly commissioned typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more...
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22
Jan

Sacramento CalGreen Checklists

Sacramento CalGreen Checklists The City of Sacramento building department has updated their Sacramento CalGreen checklists for the 2019 Green Building Standards code. The new checklists include the 2019 code changes. Unfortunately, the checklists do not identify those items that have been added or changed.  The new checklists follow the same format as the previous ones....
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22
Jan

CalGreen for ADU’s

CalGreen for ADU’s CalGreen for ADU’s is required for building permit applications throughout the state. We are receiving many questions on this subject and will try to address them in this article. Accessory Dwelling Units have exploded throughout California. The State of California recently enacted new laws relating to the construction of these small homes....
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04
Jan

CalGreen and VOC’s – A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

CalGreen and VOC’s – A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen CalGreen and VOC’s are a lawsuit waiting to happen. The codes are in place, the ability to accurately measure is available, and the potential health-related issues are well documented. The CalGreen Code, under the heading of Pollutant Control, defines the legal limits for volatile organic compounds. These...
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29
Dec

CalGreen for Commercial Buildings

CalGreen for commercial buildings requires the services of a CalGreen specialist. Unfortunately for building owners, this rarely happens. CalGreen for most commercial buildings is typically handled by either the architect or the mechanical engineer. These firms rarely have an in-house CalGreen specialist. Instead, the design architect or engineer ends up pasting a CalGreen checklist into...
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30
Nov

CalGreen Plumbing Fixture Requirements

CalGreen Plumbing Fixture Requirements CalGreen plumbing fixture requirements are intended to reduce water consumption for all residential and commercial buildings. These requirements exceed the requirements in the California Plumbing Code. The intent of CalGreen is to move the State of California to a more sustainable future. Efficient water use is critical for all California residents...
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24
Nov

Building Departments Struggle with CalGreen

Building Departments Struggle with CalGreen Building departments throughout the state are struggling with CalGreen. There are several reasons for this. One aspect is the lack of funding for support staff and training in the building departments. The Building Standards Commission (BSC) initially produced a permit level fee for this. In addition, the BSC continues to...
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08
Nov

How to Fill Out the CalGreen Checklist

How to Fill Out the CalGreen Checklist How to fill out the CalGreen checklist is far more complex than checking a box. It’s a shame that so many permits get submitted with every box checked. In almost every case, this is a costly mistake for the owner. The Green Building Standards Code allows just about...
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29
Oct

When CalGreen Goes Horribly Wrong

When CalGreen Goes Horribly Wrong When CalGreen goes horribly wrong – is during construction and the close-out of the project. It can come as a shock to the general contractor they were required to compile dozens of documents during the construction process.  Unfortunately, the CalGreen responsibilities of the general contractor are rarely communicated to them....
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