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Raising the Sustainability Bar: San Francisco Amends its Green Building Ordinance to Comply with CalGreen

January 01, 2011

Effective January 1, 2011, San Francisco has an amended and restated green building ordinance. How has it changed, and what is its effect on commercial developers? In the Registry’s August 2008 Annual Green Building issue, we reported on the City of San Francisco’s adoption of its then toughest in the nation Green Building Ordinance ("GBO").1 Since then, the State of California adopted CalGreen, a mandatory green building code of its own that is effective for all new construction beginning January 1, 2011. For the most part, San Francisco’s 2008 GBO contained more onerous requirements than those required by CalGreen. Still, adoption of CalGreen required the City to amend its GBO to include CalGreen specific requirements and unify their respective provisions. The City’s new amended GBO sets higher standards from its predecessor in certain noteworthy respects..

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