City of Palo Alto - Green Building Requirement (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of Palo Alto - Green Building Requirement
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, Daylighting, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Hydroelectric, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs







Commercial Code Projects must meet minimum thresholds for compliance under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Build It Green (BIG) Green Point Rated (GPR) green building rating systems. Minimum thresholds vary depending on the size of the project and whether it's a new building or an addition.

The City is willing to consider alternative methods of compliance including other rating systems or building codes if they are deemed equivalent in spirit and stringency to the Green Point Rated system.


















Residential Code Projects must meet minimum thresholds for compliance under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Build It Green (BIG) Green Point Rated (GPR) green building rating systems. Minimum thresholds vary depending on the size of the project and whether it's a new house or an addition.

The City is willing to consider alternative methods of compliance including other rating systems or building codes if they are deemed equivalent in spirit and stringency to the Green Point Rated system.




















Website http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/pln/green_building/about_the_program.asp
Date added to DSIRE 2009-07-23
Last DSIRE Review 2010-10-05



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

In June of 2008, the City of Palo Alto passed a mandatory Green Building Ordinance, which added Chapter 18.44 to the Palo Alto Municipal Code. The new ordinance applies to single-family and multi-family residential, and non residential buildings. It requires specific project types to meet minimum thresholds of compliance under a green building rating system. The ordinance specifically references the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Build It Green's (BIG) Green Point Rated (GPR), but the city leaves open the option for a building to be built in accordance with a different rating system if that system is significantly similar to LEED and GPR. The threshold for compliance depends on the size of the project and whether it is new or additional construction.

At their October 19, 2009 meeting, the Palo Alto City Council approved some changes to the requirements. The new requirements, which took effect January 2010, are shown in Tables A and B. Residential new construction smaller than 1,250 square feet are exempt from the green building requirement. The ordinance also describes other situations where a project may seek an exemption.

In addition to the green building requirements, Ordinance 5070 established energy efficiency requirements for private building projects in Palo Alto. The ordinance specifies the extent to which different types of construction have to exceed to the 2008 California Energy Code.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Green Building Program
Department City of Palo Alto
Division Planning Department
Address 250 Hamilton Avenue

Place Palo Alto, California
Zip/Postal Code 94301
Phone (650) 329-2441


Email greenbuilding@cityofpaloalto.org
Website http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/architectural.asp
     
     


















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"