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Green Building Requirements

 

Since incorporation in the year 1991, the citizens of the City of Calabasas have been very proactive and environmentally conscious. In support of these community environmental goals, via City Council and the Environmental Commission and their direction to the Community Development Department, we initiate and monitor programs that are innovative and reasonable. One of these many leading efforts was initiated in the year 2008, when in collaboration with the California Building Standards Commission, Calabasas was the first City in the State to adopt the “Green Building Code,” and the first City in the Nation to have a “Codified” Green Building Code.

The term “Green building” is referring to “sustainability” and a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the lifetime of a building, which includes: the design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. These stages require close cooperation of the design team, architects, engineers, the client, and the Building and Safety team at all stages of the project. The Green Building practice shifts goals and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

The City’s approach to administering the Green Building Code is unique and is intended to advocate the community’s vision for sustainability. While most cities only apply the Green Building Code to new structures, the City believes that no matter the size of the construction project, a green measure can be implemented. In order to administer the Green Building Code across the board to all projects (except projects that are already solely Green in nature, I.E. greywater systems, solar panels, tankless water heaters, etc.), the Building and Safety team established a point system. Although projects tend to be unique in nature and hard to categorize into distinctly separate categories, the Team separated various types of projects requiring building permits into 4 categories: Very Small, Small, Medium and Large. A Very Small Project requires 1 point, a Small project requires 2 points, a Medium Project requires 12 points, and a Large Project when applicable to the point system, requires 20 points*.

* A new Single family dwelling is required to comply with “Mandatory Measures” of the Green Building Code and is not subject to the point based system. Similarly, a new commercial building is required to comply with LEED standards and also not subject to the Green Building Code or the Point System.

 

How can a very small project comply with the Calabasas Green Building Code?

The Calabasas Green Building Code is a point based system wherein any given “Voluntary” green measure is awarded a specified amount of points. A very small project (I.E. a water heater or a re-roof) requires one point and would only need to implement one to two green measures.

There are numerous measures that can be found for these simple projects, they are like “low hanging fruit.” (See page 16- 20 of the Administration and Application Checklist) Larger projects can take advantage of the low hanging fruit as well; however, depending upon the size, complexity, and valuation of the work, more than one measure and/or measures more complex in nature may be required.

 

How can a small or medium size project comply with the Calabasas Green Building Code?

The Calabasas Green Building Code point based system is designed to be used like a menu.

A small project requires 2 points of Green Measures and a Medium size project requires a total of 12 points. Navigate through the Administration and Application Checklist and pick items until you reach the required point total.

Itemize your selected green measures on the Building and Safety Green Building Point Template Form, and make the form part of the construction plans.

 

How can a large project comply with the Calabasas Green Building Code?

The Calabasas Green Building Code point based system also applies to Larger projects such as substantial additions to residential estate homes and complete home renovations wherein the scope of work impacts the entire structural system and other major components of the building. These sizable projects require 20 Green Building Points of "Voluntary Measures."

See the Administration and Applications Checklist for most Green Building Measures. Itemize your selected green measures on the Building and Safety Green Building Point Template Form, and make the form part of the construction plans.

 

Calabasas Green Building Code – Administration and Application Checklist

Green Building Code Project Type Matrix

Green Building Point Schedule

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