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California Greenin:San Francisco takes stringent building code to the next level

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We explore San Francisco#s approach to green building measures and how they are weaving CALGreen into their city code. Several projects have been design/built in the transition period as CALGreen was incorporated into local code. San Francisco's Existing Commercial Building Energy Ordinance requires existing buildings to provide information on their energy use for comparison with similar buildings. The city has an innovative incentives program with PG&E for energy upgrades, and Green Finance San Francisco, which is creating a financial mechanism to encourage property owners to do green retrofits. Los Angeles is also working on this, and the hope is that it will spread to other jurisdictions as well.

The entire design team, owners, developers, clients and government institutions would benefit from reading this story.


1. List some of the green-building initiatives recently implemented in San Francisco.
2. Understand why and how San Francisco green building code references third-party rating systems.
3. Explain the value of benchmarking energy use in existing buildings.
4. Describe a new mechanism for financing building performance upgrades.

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