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Artificial Grass Is Perfect Fit for CalGREEN

Artificial Grass Is Perfect Fit for CalGREEN

California has approved the most stringent, environmentally-friendly building code in the United States that will apply to new commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping malls and homes.

CALGREEN will require that every new building constructed in California

  • Reduce water consumption by 20 percent – artificial grass can do that!
  • Divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills – no more grass clippings, artificial grass can do that!
  • Install low pollutant-emitting materials – artificial grass can do that!
  • Requires separate water meters for nonresidential buildings’ indoor and outdoor water use – no need for that!
  • Requires moisture-sensing irrigation systems for larger landscape projects – no need for that!
  • Requires mandatory inspections of energy systems (e.g., heat furnace, air conditioner and mechanical equipment) for nonresidential buildings over 10,000 square feet to ensure that all are working at their maximum capacity and according to their design efficiencies. – no need for that!

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Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN)

Governor Schwarzenegger championed the first-in-the-nation statewide “Green Building Standards Code” and we call it CalGREEN.

Download PDF of CalGREEN 2010 Guide

Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect on January 1, 2011, these comprehensive regulations will achieve major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and water use to create a greener California.

“Today’s action lays the foundation for the move to greener buildings constructed with environmentally advanced building practices that decrease waste, reduce energy use and conserve resources,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “The code will help us meet our goals of curbing global warming and achieving 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 and promotes the development of more sustainable communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in every new home, office building or public structure.”

History of Green Building Standards in California

The 2008 Green Building Standards Code went into effect on August 1, 2009. The code is currently voluntary unless otherwise adopted by local jurisdictions as mandatory. State mandatory compliance will take effect in 2011.

New Building Construction

CALGREEN will require that every new building constructed in California

  • Reduce water consumption by 20 percent – artificial grass can do that!
  • Divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills – no more grass clippings, artificial grass can do that!
  • Install low pollutant-emitting materials – artificial grass can do that!
  • Requires separate water meters for nonresidential buildings’ indoor and outdoor water use – no need for that!
  • Requires moisture-sensing irrigation systems for larger landscape projects – no need for that!
  • Requires mandatory inspections of energy systems (e.g., heat furnace, air conditioner and mechanical equipment) for nonresidential buildings over 10,000 square feet to ensure that all are working at their maximum capacity and according to their design efficiencies. – no need for that!

    Code To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The California Air Resources Board estimates that the mandatory provisions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent) by 3 million metric tons equivalent in 2020.  Artificial Grass Helps HERE

    “CAL Green Compliant” Opens Green Building Certification

    The new mandatory code, called “CAL Green”  won a unanimous vote by the California Building Standards Commission, and will take effect in January 2011.

    CAL Green

    Property owners can also label their facilities as CAL Green compliant, once they pass state building inspection, without the additional cost of third-party certification programs. The mandatory CAL Green provisions will be inspected and verified by local and state building departments.

    However, the regulations were opposed by several private organizations that offer construction rating systems, including the U.S. Green Building Council, which said it could result in confusion for builders, local governments and the public, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

    More than 40 California cities have some form of green building ordinances.

    “The code will help us meet our goals of curbing global warming and achieving 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 and promotes the development of more sustainable communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in every new home, office building or public structure,” stated Governor Schwarzenegger in a press release.

    CAL Green from California Building Standards Commission:

For more – go to: California Green Solutions – a directory of information about GREEN Building Codes, Regs, Resources and Other links.

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