Strict New Building Codes on the SF Horizon

From on March 24, 2008 in Green Remodeling

San Francisco city officials believe SF will have the country’s most stringent green building codes by 2012. On Wednesday, March 19, the Building Inspections Commission voted for new green building standards that would require residential high-rises taller than 75 feet, commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet, and buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to comply with LEED building standards. In addition, all new residential construction would have to comply with GreenPoint Rated standards. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston alone has comparable environmental standards for private construction, though San Francisco’s mandates are more far-reaching. The regulations must pass Board of Supervisor review. If and once that happens, Mayor Gavin Newsom has promised to sign them into law. Foreseeable results of the new standards include a 60,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, 100 million gallons of savings in drinking water, and 222,000 megawatts of power saved. The Chronicle says local builders applaud the stricter codes, despite an initial 5 percent increase in their overall costs. Proponents believe gradual compliance will help the new regulations prove successful over time. Looking for a head start on green building? Contact CalFinder to get free estimates from certified contractors on your green remodeling projects.