Newsflash: California’s Green Building Standards Landmark Approval published this deansguide article in Environment-Business section July 18, 2008

In a landmark decision, California became the first state in the country to approve green building standards. In Matthew Yi’s excellent San Francisco Chronicle article, the new green building standards will

“. . . cut energy and water usage, a move that officials say will help the state meet it’s ambitious goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”

Building Requirements

California Building Standards Commission requires all new construction, including commercial, residential, schools and hospitals:

1. Reduce energy comsumption by 15%

2. Reduce water usage by 20%

3. Reduce water for landscaping by 50%

Voluntary participation begins July 1, 2009.

For more information on how to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions go to Reduce-Your-Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions wiki