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Tracy CalGreen

Tracy CalGreen has recently become more complicated. As of January 1 of 2020, Tracy has published their own CalGreen checklists for both residential and commercial projects. 

In addition, they also require a licensed professional experienced in the California Green Building Standards Code to review the architectural plans and fill out, and sign, the checklist. The only individuals who have been specifically trained and tested in this code are ICC Certified CalGreen Special Inspectors. 

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We are ICC Certified CalGreen Special Inspectors that provide these services for the City of Tracy. Specifically our services include reviewing your architectural plans for compliance with the CalGreen code, authoring your CalGreen checklist, dealing with the city of Tracy Building Department and responding to questions during construction. In addition, Tracy is now requiring a final CalGreen inspection and we provide that service as well.

One of the problems with the Tracy 2019 CalGreen Residential Mandatory Measures Checklist is they include every single CalGreen requirement. The checklist is six pages long. Many of these items listed may not be required for your project. It takes a CalGreen specialist to properly review your checklist and clearly identify only those items that you must comply with.

Tracy Residential Mandatory Measures

   Just because it says “Mandatory” doesn’t mean it’s mandatory for YOUR project!

The goal of CalGreen is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote healthy environments and reduce wastage of energy and water resources. These lofty goals can come at a cost to the unwary architect, home builder or commercial developer. We provide value to your project by ensuring you do not commit to any more CalGreen obligations than are necessary.  

The language in the checklist is a bullet-point list of code issues. It does not mean you have to comply with every issue on the list. In-depth knowledge of the CalGreen code is required to determine if an item is applicable. 


Commercial Projects In Tracy

Commercial projects in Tracy represent an even greater liability risk for those not trained in the CalGreen Code. The Tracy 2019 Non-residential CalGreen Mandatory Measures Checklist is fourteen pages long. It includes many complex requirements that are not fully explained on the checklist itself. Similar to the residential checklist, the non-residential one shows every single item as “mandatory”. We have rarely seen a project where every single item on the checklist was required.

It order to avoid problems at close-out it is critical to markup your permit checklist to indicate which items are “not applicable”. You do not want to be arguing with the building inspector during his final inspection that certain requirements shouldn’t apply to your project. Their answer is likely to be, “it’s in your permit plans so you are obligated to provide it”. While you may be able to revise your permit plans, and resubmit for the city’s review, this delay could cost you time and money. 

If you are building a new home or commercial building in Tracy, call us today. We’d love to talk to you. We will provide a written quote for our services. If you’re in a rush, we can typically get your checklist to you within two business days.

Our residential CalGreen checklist fees range from $200 to $275, depending on your project. Site inspection fees range from $375 to $425. Our fees our low because we we are experts in our field and this is all we do. We have standardized procedures that allow us to provide professional services at very low rates.

At CalGreen Energy Services we are specialists in CalGreen consulting and permitting. CalGreen is our only business. This experience can save you money on your City of Tracy Calgreen permit submittal.   

Call us today and let us show you how we can help with your project.

Gary Welch


Phone: 707-328-5299

ICC Certified CalGreen Inspector

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