San Carlos Passes Green Building Ordinance
August 19, 2010
“Green” Point Scale…
Last week, the the San Carlos City Council approved a “Green Building” ordinance which will mandate stringent eco-friendly guidelines for new commercial and residential construction starting in 2011. The ordinance may also impact some residential remodel projects as well. San Carlos ordinance is very similar to one that was passed recently by the County of San Mateo for all new residential projects in its unincorporated areas.
Under the San Carlos ordinance, builders will be required to achieve at least 50 “green” points, as outlined on an industry standard checklist from non-profit Build It Green. According to Shaun Bishop's article, builders can accumulate point by using water efficient fixtures, solar energy systems, or other eco-friendly building techniques. There are other non-point methods available for builders to gain green approval from the Building Department. The ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gasses that are a by-product of excessive energy consumption.
Starting in 2011.
The ordinance takes effect in 2011, and will obviously have an impact on larger residential remodel projects throughout San Carlos. If you have any questions regarding this ordinance, contact Chris Valley in the San Carlos Building Department.
While the City is trying to minimize the cost impact of these projects, it's pretty clear that going green will likely cost homeowners some additional green.