Green Codes for California: A Progress Report and Recommendations from LEED & CALGreen USER Group | U.S. Green Building Council
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Green Codes for California: A Progress Report and Recommendations from LEED & CALGreen USER Group

Four years after the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) was enacted in 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council and eight California chapters, organized under the banner of USGBC California, convened the LEED & CALGreen User Group (User Group). This group of green building experts from across the state volunteered to share experiences, lessons learned, and ideas for improving and accelerating green building in California. The User Group’s goal was to look at how the implementation of California’s green building code was unfolding and to explore how USGBC, its partners and networks could ensure that California remains a global leader in high performance building design and construction. To this end, the paper offers nine recommendations and, in follow-up actions summarized in an Epilogue and an appendix, tees up exciting opportunities for streamlining documentation for projects seeking recognition for leadership above and beyond the CALGreen code.
Authored By: USGBC , USGBC California
Published On: 9 Apr 2015

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Director, Technical Policy, U.S. Green Building Council

The hard work from the community that went into developing this report (led by Wes Sullens) has led to an exciting announcement that is introduced in Appendix B of the report. The result is published in this article: New LEED Documentation Path for California Projects. Please do take this quick survey to let us know if you'd like to learn more about this project as it develops, or if you'd like to provide feedback or get involved. Big news coming to a Golden State near you in July, 2015!

Sustainability Consultant, AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Great work and an excellent idea for aligning the objectives of everyone involved with high performance buildings. Congratulations for getting this done.

Director of Codes Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council

Thanks Dan! May this groundwork pave the way for much more greening to come....!

Sustainability Manager, State of California

Excellent groundwork to help eliminate duplication of efforts and documentation for projects in California seeking LEED certification. California has raised the bar for all buildings in California with the CALGreen code, and now buildings seeking LEED certification can benefit from reduced LEED documentation.

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