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.

A Green Building Initiative was also recently implemented by Governor Schwarzenegger directing state agencies to reduce energy use at state-owned buildings 20 percent by 2015, as well as reducing the impact state buildings have on climate change.

US buildings account for 70% electricity consumption, 39% energy usage, 12% potable water consumption, 40% raw materials usage, 30% waste output (136 million tons annually), and produce 39% associated greenhouse gases (CO2), according to the US Green Building Council.

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