Courtney Yan

A new alternative LEED documentation path, first mentioned in our April article, is now available for use on select credits by all projects subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C v2009 or v4 rating system.

The CALGreen alternative documentation path is available for the following LEED credits:

  1. WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction
  2. EA Prerequisite Fundamental Refrigerant Management
  3. MR Prerequisite Storage & Collection of Recyclables
  4. MR Credit Construction Waste Management
  5. IEQ Credit Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives
  6. IEQ Credit Low-Emitting Materials – Paints

Learn more about this new alignment

To get started, download and review the guidance document and the letter of attestation. The guidance document outlines the steps needed to complete the alternative documentation in lieu of the standard LEED documentation, including completing the letter of attestation, submitting an approved building permit or certificate of occupancy, and providing feedback.

CALGreen requirements

CALGreen is the nation’s first statewide mandatory green building code, covering nearly all residential and nonresidential construction in California. As part of a robust green building industry, all permitted construction in California follow a proven set of high performance environmental strategies as standard practice. These statewide regulations provide a level of assurance that basic green building criteria are incorporated into every permitted project in the state.

In August 2014, a LEED and CALGreen Task Group was formed to analyze LEED and CALGreen requirements and prioritize a list of opportunities to lower the hard and soft costs associated with documenting and reviewing LEED projects subject to CALGreen requirements. The Task Group’s initial recommendations were put before the LEED Technical Committee and LEED Steering Committee for review earlier this year. In April 2015, USGBC and USGBC California released a report outlining recommendations from the LEED and CALGreen User Group.

Future work to streamline LEED documentation and compliance for California projects is under consideration.

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USGBC and GBCI see an opportunity to learn from this California project as USGBC and its partners continue to build a national model green building code that, through careful integration with LEED, holds promise of accelerating the uptake of green building practices. Learn more.