California has adopted a green building code that covers all new construction in the state. It is believed to be the first statewide green building code in the U.S, according to www.greenbiz.com.
The code, adopted by the California Building Standards Commission, becomes effective in 180 days on a voluntary basis and will become mandatory in 2010.
The code sets targets for energy efficiency, water consumption, dual plumbing systems for potable and recyclable water, diversion of construction waste from landfills, and the use of environmentally sensitive materials in construction and design.
"This is a huge step in greening the state and the nations," said Rosario Marin, chair of the Building Standards Commission. The code, "sets a floor, not a ceiling," Marin added, noting that builders, cities and counties are encouraged to exceed the standards
The standards cover commercial and residential construction, both public and private, schools, hospitals and other public institutions. Read the complete article here.