New Green Building Codes in Goleta and San Luis Obispo to be Honored
On Friday, December 7, the Central California Coast Chapter (C4) of the U.S. Green Building Council will honor local efforts to further green building and sustainable living on the Central Coast.
Awardees include both residential and commercial construction projects as well as innovative programs and products that push the envelope on sustainability. While many awardees will be revealed at the ceremony, the Cities of Goleta and San Luis Obispo have already been announced as honorees.
In October, Goleta approved its Green Building Program, which establishes mandatory green building requirements for certain new construction and provides incentives for voluntary measures beyond existing regulations.
“Goleta's program represents a significant success in bringing greener buildings to the community, said Michelle Zimney, Chair of the Green Awards. “The city's focus on listening to multiple stakeholders meant they were able to craft a code that is flexible, yet meaningful. Builders and architects will have a variety of green rating tools available to them to help design and construct better performing buildings."
The County of San Luis Obispo will also be receiving an award for their Green Building Ordinance taking effect in January 2013. The legislation includes education, incentive and mandatory measures improving energy efficiency, water efficiency and addressing issues of occupant health.
Stacey White, 2012 President of C4 had this to say, “The County of San Luis Obispo was incredibly inclusive in developing the ordinance. With public input over two years, and including 40 subject-area experts in the crafting of the legislation, the result is a simple, cost effective ordinance with a potential for significant impact on existing and new construction.”
The Green Gala and Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 7, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Brooks Institute Gallery located at 27 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA. For more information, contact Michelle Zimney at email@example.com. Website: http://www.usgbcc4.org.