Currently, buildings in the US are responsible for 30% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Building green means being smart about how we use resources without needlessly damaging the environment. Green buildings can save energy and money while having a positive effect on building occupants' health.
Green Building Codes & Standards
- 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (Effective January 1, 2017)
- Visit the City's Building Division for more information on new code requirements.
- 2016 Title 24 Energy Code (Effective January 1, 2017)
- Construction and Debris Recycling Ordinance [PDF]. In order to help meet the State required 50% reduction in landfill waste, the City of Walnut Creek has initiated a construction and demolition materials recycling program.
- Water Conserving Plumbing Fixture Requirement. Beginning in January 2014, properties built on or before 1/1/1994 are required by the state to replace non-compliant plumbing fixtures with water-conserving plumbing fixtures when adding, altering, or improving a property.
- City of Walnut Creek's planning and building requirements
Resources for Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEs)
- Buildings are major emitters of greenhouse gases and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are a new innovative approach in construction and design that reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. A ZNE building produces as much energy as it consumes through clean, renewable resources over the course of a year. When committing to a high efficiency building, ZNE can have benefits like increasing occupants' comfort and potentially higher resale values.
- Energy Upgrade California is offering a plethora of information on Zero Net Energy buildings. California has set goals for new residential construction to be ZNE in 2020 and new commercial construction to be ZNE in 2030.
- For a general introduction and guidelines for ZNE, check out the following resources:
- Build It Green is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote building green
- LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program through the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
- The Bay Area Regional Energy Network's Codes & Standards program is a joint effort of Bay Area cities and counties to achieve full compliance with the California Energy Code and provides resources on energy and green building codes.
- To encourage residents to "build it green," the City of Walnut Creek offers free, helpful, informational booklets at the Permits Counter on the second floor of City Hall.