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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28
Nov

Roseville CalGreen

Roseville CalGreen We provide CalGreen services for the City of Roseville. We are specialists in the CalGreen code. As a result we and can help you avoid unnecessary permitting and construction costs. Specifically our services include authoring your CalGreen checklist, dealing with the city of Roseville Building Department and consulting during the construction process. In...
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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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23
Nov

CalGreen for the City of Fresno

CalGreen for the City of Fresno We provide CalGreen services for the City of Fresno. We are specialists in the CalGreen code. As a result we and can help you avoid unnecessary permitting and construction costs. Specifically our services include authoring your CalGreen checklist, dealing with the city of Fresno Building Department and consulting during...
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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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04
Nov

CalGreen for Santa Clara County

CalGreen for Santa Clara County CalGreen for Santa Clara County is becoming more difficult for architects, builders and home owners alike. The county is now requiring additional documentation to approve your building permit.  Enforcement of the California Green Building Standards Code has been erratic throughout the state. Nearly every jurisdiction has their own CalGreen Checklist...
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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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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. If your are able to get your project in before the end of the year it will save you thousands...
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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 out of state architects. 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 the state...
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19
Aug

CalGreen Is Confusing

CalGreen Is Confusing Just about every day we 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 – The Changes

CalGreen 2020 – The Changes On January 1, 2020 the 2019 California Green Building Standards Code (AKA CalGreen) goes into effect. This article presents all of the 2020 CalGreen changes. 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...
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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. We 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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