Eco Groups Protest California Green Building Code

Eco Groups Protest California Green Building Code

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 11, 2010

Groups like the Sierra Club and Global Green are joining forces in a last-minute attempt to derail portions of a California Green Building Code that is expected to be adopted tomorrow.

No, these groups haven't gone anti-green building on us all of a sudden—they think the new rules fall short of LEED standards already adopted by many California cities.

According to an LA Times article, the new code would "slash water use, mandate the recycling of construction waste, cut back on polluting materials and step up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings statewide."

Sounds good right?

Well, these environmental groups think that because of the way the new code is organized it will be unenforceable by building code inspectors. So lots of non-green buildings will get to call themselves green, and some buildings will get to scoot by without really adhering to the code.

Supporters of the new code argue that these groups are protesting because they don't want to see any competition to LEED in the marketplace.

Read more about it here and let us know what you think.

Image: Dave Getzschman/ for the LA Times

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