First statewide green building code released
California has adopted the first statewide green building code.
On July 17, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement on the California Building Standards Commission vote to adopt the nation’s first statewide green building code :
“By adopting this first-in-the-nation statewide green building code, California is again leading the way to fight climate change and protect the environment. This is literally a groundbreaking move to ensure that when we break ground on all new buildings in the Golden State we are promoting green building and energy-efficient new technologies. Cars and buildings are two of the leading users of energy%%MDASSML%%we’re already addressing cars, and these new building standards will ensure that California remains at the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint and conserving valuable natural resources while also protecting our economy. We have already committed to making our state-owned buildings more green and energy efficient and this statewide code will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and conserve water in all new buildings. “With today’s action, California continues to lead the nation and I commend the hard work of the Building Standards Commission to adopt the first-in-the-nation statewide green building standards.”