“Why Build Green?"

We all know that greenhouse gases are polluting our atmosphere and have the potential to drastically alter our climate. But did you know that 48% of greenhouse gases come from buildings? Inefficient homes need more and more energy to function, which puts more and more greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere. A healthy environment has been an important part of Palm Desert’s history and we need to make sure that it is a part of its future.

Green building is a set of integrated design and construction practices that promote the health and well-being of the building occupants, the community, and the environment for years to come.

Save Money - Green building products and construction practices can lower water and energy bills, reduce maintenance costs, and reduce replacement requirements.

Be Healthy - Green building encourages the use of materials, paints, finishes, mechanical systems, and construction methods that reduce or eliminate many sources of indoor air pollution.

Live Comfortably - With smart energy design, proper insulation, and efficient heating and cooling systems, green building helps to ensure that your building is more comfortable.

Reduce Maintenance - Green building guidelines go beyond local building codes to recommend methods and materials that result in durable homes requiring less upkeep.

Protect The Environment - Conventional buildings needlessly consume large quantities of wood, water, fuel, and other materials through their construction and operation. Green building conserves these natural resources.

Visit the International Code Council's "Green" webpage.

Please stop by City Hall to see the "Green Building " kiosk located in the Building and Safety lobby.

 "Green Building Standards"

The new 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen) scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2017 covers commercial and residential construction in the public and private sectors as well as schools of all levels, hospitals and other public institutions. Among the requirements under CALGreen, every new building in California will have to reduce water consumption, divert 65 percent of construction waste from landfills and install low VOC materials. Separate indoor and outdoor water meters for nonresidential buildings and moisture-sensing irrigation systems for large landscape projects will be required. There will be mandatory inspections of energy systems, such as furnaces and air conditioners for nonresidential buildings over 10,000 square feet. According to the California Air Resources Board, the mandatory provisions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,000,000 metric tons by 2020.

Residential Mandatory Requirements Checklist

Non-Residential Mandatory Requirements Checklist

Construction Waste Management Plan (WMP)

Guide to Recycling Construction and Demolition Debris

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