Monday, October 11, 2010

New CalGreen Standards, Too Onerous?



I provide Location Advice to owners and occupants of industrial buildings in Southern California. The buzz around most location conversations these days is "green". Location advice examined this issue in some detail to see if the new legislation that will take effect in January 2011 will cost owners of industrial buildings dollars to comply with the new standards. I discovered that the new standards outline requirements such as reducing indoor potable water consumption and providing metering, reducing non-hazardous construction waste, limiting VOC emissions, requiring commissioning for new building construction, providing bike racks, and providing parking spaces for zero emission vehicles.


The law firm of Paul Hastings in Los Angeles authored this article. I found the article quite easy to understand and VERY informative! You can read the article in it's entirety by clicking on this link:


CALGreen Building Standards Code: Marketing and Reality


If you have any questions concerning these developing issues, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following Paul Hastings lawyers who penned the article: About the authors, Ryan Trahan, and John Opgenorth


Ryan T. Trahan


213-683-6226


ryantrahan@paulhastings.com


John Opgenorth


213-683-6227


johnopgenorth@paulhastings.com


CALGreen Building Standards Code: Marketing and Reality

BY RYAN TRAHAN AND JOHN OPGENORTH

"This client alert addresses these questions; does CALGreen represent fundamental change in state building standards or is it simply a marketing effort? Moreover, how does CALGreen interact with private building certification systems such as LEED and Build It Green? The article provides a summary of some of the noteworthy provisions in CALGreen, and discusses the effect CALGreen may have on the promulgation of future green building codes."

Conclusion:

"While CALGreen does not represent a large scale shift in building practices, it does begin a process of incremental change for building standards in California. CALGreen does raise certain construction whether its value will be any greater. standards, although the changes are relatively inexpensive. Private ratings systems such as LEED have, in the past, succeeded due to a combination of savvy marketing and quantifiable improvements in environmental and financial performance. Whether CALGreen provides California with a leadership stake in future green building codes may depend in large part on the value that becomes associated with CALGreen certification. The financial cost of such certification appears minimal; the question is whether its value will be any greater. In brief, CALGreen represents a modest change in California’s green building standards."