Jan 1 – 2011
JAN – 2011
CALGREEN STANDARDS MANDATORY
- Are You Ready?
Artificial Grass and Synthetic Turf - as water savings devices – are a perfect fit for CALGREEN!
Artificial grass and synthetic turf fit well into the building codes of CALGreen! Most systems are built to be PERMEABLE – so that watershed can be managed to any ones specification, in any CITY! And – OBVIOUSLY – artificial grass and synthetic turf solutions do not require IRRIGATION solutions, per se, so, as a water savings measure – artificial grass lawns, putting greens and sports fields are ideal choices.
January 1, 2011 is less than 60 days from now – in California and for those that BUILD in California – this will be a day of change.
CALGreen – signed into law by California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – is a two prong program that includes both MANDATORY and voluntary standards and guidelines for ALL NEW projects.
Everyone that does business in California – Architects, Designers, Developers and Installer/Builders – MUST personally step up to the challenge of reviewing these new MANDATORY CALGreen specifications. Third party inspections of plans and final construction are required – your project must pass muster or risk penalties or fines.
Mandatory requirements are spelled out in the DRAFT of the CALGreen guide and then there is the matter of the Tier1 and 2 Voluntary guidelines that each CITY will review and adopt to their own purposes*.
Artificial Grass & Synthetic Turf Designers – Architects – Builders
KEY for Us?
PERMEABILITY and Watershed Management
One of the most important limitations that a city might adopt would restrict a design is that no MORE than 20% of pathways, walkways, parking and patio areas may be “non – porous” – water shedding across the surfaces to drainage solutions. [the voluntary guideline would excludes the driveway and entry walkway would be exempt] Using NON-Permeable surfaces MAY AFFECT YOUR AVAILABLE WATER FOR PLANTS, FEATURES AND OTHER NEEDS!
Professional Classes on
CALGreen from Green-Technology:
Important Information is also available on the CALGreen Site
- CALGreen: www.bsc.ca.gov/CALGreen or www.hcd.ca.gov/CALGreen
- The Bay Area Climate Collaborative: www.baclimate.org
- Green Building In Alameda County (a program of StopWaste.Org): www.buildgreennow.org
- GreenPoint Rated: www.builditgreen.org
- The Northern California Chapter of the US Green Building Council: www.usgbc-ncc.org
- The US Green Building Council & LEED: www.usgbc.org
- American Institute for Architecture, California Council: www.aiacc.org
DRAFTS and Meeting Notes on Tier Guideline Adoption
* Here’s a list of a few of the California City’s evaluations and analysis of CALGreen and the voluntary guidelines that they consider key for their communities.
City of San Francisco
City of Atascadero
City of Burbank
City of Sonoma
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