ARTICLE 16-47 GREEN BUILDING REGULATIONS

Sections:

16.47.010  Purpose.

16.47.020  Definitions.

16.47.030  Covered projects.

16.47.040  Private building compliance.

16.47.050  Public building compliance.

16.47.060  Maintenance of resources.

 

16.47.010  Purpose.

The City finds that green building design and construction can have a significant positive effect on energy and resource efficiency and reduce waste and pollution generation. The intent of this Article is to promote the environmental sustainability of natural resources by efficiently redirecting the use of recyclable materials away from landfills, by encouraging recycled-content materials in construction,  by reducing the energy consumption needs of structures by making use of efficient construction methods and by promoting groundwater recharge and efficient preservation and use of water resources.

 

16.47.020  Definitions.

For the purposes of this Article, certain words and phrases used herein are defined as follows:

(a)        "Build It Green" means the Build It Green organization. Build It Green is a California professional nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient buildings.

(b)        "Certified green building rater" means a person or organization determined by the building official to be qualified to perform inspections and provide documentation to assure compliance with the rating system developed by Build It Green.

(c)        "GreenPoint Rated" means the rating system developed by Build It Green.

(d)       "LEED" means the leadership in energy and environmental design program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is a national professional nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible.

(e)        "LEED accredited professional" means a person or organization determined by the building official to be qualified to perform inspections and provide documentation to assure compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council LEED requirements.

 

16.47.030  Covered projects.

This Article shall apply to the new construction of the following types of buildings:

 

(a)        New single-family and multiple-family dwellings;

 

(b)        New commercial, mixed-use, and public and community facility buildings.

 

16.47.040  Private (nonpublic) building compliance.

All covered projects shall demonstrate compliance with the following level of green building standards and submit application materials determined by the Community Development Director as sufficient to make such compliance determination:

 

(a)        Single-family and multiple-family dwellings.

 

(1)    Prior to issuance of a building permit, the applicant shall submit verification by a certified green building rater that the dwelling design qualifies for a minimum score of fifty (50) points under the GreenPoint rating system.

 

(2)    Prior to issuance of a final occupancy inspection, the applicant shall submit verification by a certified green building rater that the dwelling was built in compliance with the approved plans which supported the minimum score of fifty (50) points, including the requisite number of points in the specific categories as specified in the GreenPoint rating system.

 

(b)   Commercial, mixed-use, and community facility buildings.

 

(1)   Prior to issuance of a building permit, the applicant shall submit verification by the City building official that the building design will be fifteen (15) percent more energy efficient than required by Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations using a State of California adopted performance method, as approved by the State Energy Commission.

 

(2)   Prior to issuance of a final occupancy inspection, the applicant shall submit verification by the project architect or engineer that the building was constructed per the approved energy efficiency requirements.

 

16.47.050  Public building compliance.

All covered projects shall demonstrate compliance with the following level of green building standards:

 

(a)   Public buildings that are less than five thousand (5,000) square feet in size.

 

(1)   Prior to issuance of a building permit, the City shall verify that the building design will be fifteen (15) percent more energy efficient than required by Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations using a state of California adopted performance method, as approved by the State Energy Commission. 

 

(2)   Prior to issuance of a final occupancy inspection, the City shall verify that the building was constructed per the approved energy efficiency requirements.

 

(b)   Public buildings that are five thousand (5,000) square feet in size, or larger.

 

(1)   Prior to issuance of a building permit, the City shall verify that the building design has been LEED certified at a minimum silver level.

 

(2)   Prior to issuance of a final occupancy inspection, the city shall verify that the building was constructed in compliance with the LEED certification. 

 

16.47.060  Maintenance of resources.

The building official shall maintain a current list of certified green building raters and LEED accredited professionals who are qualified to provide the GreenPoint Rated and LEED certifications, and shall be responsible for administering and implementing the requirements of this Article.