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County provides CalGreen training

Posted: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 


Los Angeles County is now offering training about green-building practices for the state and county to comply with The state’s green-building codes.

The county held a free three-hour training session at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Wednesday, attended by about 20 local builders, engineers, utility representatives and developers. The session outlined the requirements within the California Green Building Standards, or CalGreen, which was passed in 2010 and went into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

The session was led by two California-based green-building consultants, Marc Richmond and Jim Weiner, who explained that California had always been ahead of the curve in voluntarily constructing buildings with green practices in mind.

Now, it’s just codified.

All buildings with construction permits after Jan. 1, 2011, and all large-scale, first-time tenant improvements on projects greater than 10,000 square feet must comply with the 193-page document.

Since green practices are more efficient anyway, it’s just a better business model for builders, Richmond said

“Why don’t we just call it ‘quality design and maintenance’?”  he said.

One important aspect of the CalGreen code is the inclusion of tiered requirements that are not required by the state, but are included so that county or local jurisdictions could choose to require them.

County standards, for example, require the basic CalGreen compliance plus its own standards for low-impact development and drought-tolerant landscaping. Other counties will have their own compliance requirements.

When it comes to compliance, the session’s leaders recommended that contractors and builders follow the same standards that the largest project requires in all the projects.

Applying the same standards creates less confusion and saves time and energy in trying to recall what standards need to be met with each project, they said.

Ultimately, Weiner recommended that builders “stay current and anticipatory” and to go beyond the code’s requirements when possible, since green technology is always changing and the codes are going to get tougher in the future.

The next free sessions will be held May 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at 2701 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405. 

smitchell@the-signal.com
661-287-5593

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