05
Oct

Get Your Building Permit In Now!

Get Your Building Permit in NOW! On January 1, 2020 the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code (AKA CalGreen) goes into effect. The new code adds additional costs and complexities to the CalGreen permitting process. CalGreen 2020 – Added Cost, Added Complexity Since most building departments close over the holidays, it is likely that the...
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05
Oct

CalGreen For Out-of-State Architects

CalGreen for Out of State Architects Navigating the California Building Codes can be challenging for those architects working within the state. However, large corporations with business sites throughout the US often prefer to use their select architects for all their projects, regardless of location. This requires the out of state architects to become familiar with...
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19
Aug

CalGreen Is Confusing

CalGreen Is Confusing Just about every day I hear complaints that CalGreen is confusing. That’s because it is. In part, it’s confusing because it seems to duplicate requirements that are already in the California Building Code Volume 1, as well as the Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical codes. Also, the format of the CalGreen Code is...
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17
Aug

CalGreen 2020

CalGreen 2020: On January 1, 2020 the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code (AKA CalGreen) goes into effect. This article presents all of the imminent changes. CalGreen 2020: How Did We Get Here? Development of CALGreen began in 2007 by the California Building Standards Commission. This process resulted in the adoption of the 2008 Green...
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26
May

CalGreen Compliance and California Schools

DSA and CalGreen DSA has special guidelines for CalGreen compliance in California schools. The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) is the governing body for the construction of public schools in California. DSA provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools and community colleges to ensure that they comply with all sustainable, structural, accessibility,...
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16
May

2019 California Energy Code Changes

What’s New in the 2019 California Energy Code? The 2019 California Energy Code changes go into effect on January 1, 2020. The changes are significant and will increase the cost of new home construction, more importantly, they will dramatically reduce energy consumption. Recently the California Energy Commission published a Fact Sheet on the changes. Here...
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15
May

Have Energy Saving Policies Gone Too Far?

Have Energy Saving Policies Gone Too Far? Asking if energy saving policies have gone too far is a valid question. I hear it just about every day – someone complaining about how ridiculous the building codes are getting. “The over-reaching building codes are making it too expensive to build in California!” There is no doubt...
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01
May

Third Party Plan Reviewers

Third Party Plan Reviewers Third party plan reviewers have become the bane of the Residential and Commercial building permit process. In recent years the use of third party plan reviewers has exploded up and down the State of California. The unfortunate reason for this is economics. Cities, towns and counties have learned it is cheaper...
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28
Apr

CalGreen and the Cannabis Industry

CalGreen and the Cannabis Industry As if the cannabis industry didn’t have enough legal hoops to jump through! Unfortunately, your cannabis grow facility, processing plant or distribution center will also need to comply with the current California CalGreen Code. In this case “calgreen” does not refer to Bubba Kush or Gorilla Glue. It’s part of...
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