July 21, 2008

California wants green buildings

As mentioned last Friday, California's Building Standards Commission adopted the first statewide green building standards in the US which will become mandatory in 2010.

The new building standards aim to reduce energy use in building structures by 15% more than current standards; reduce water usage in commercial and residential buildings ( such as 50% landscape water conservation reduction); encourages the use of recycled materials in carpets and building materials; and identifies various site improvements including parking for hybrid vehicles and better storm water plans.

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