Who Needs LEED In California Now That CALGreen Is In Effect

Wayne Engebretson writes for Reed Construction Data on the subject of newly enacted CALGreen. Still subject to adoption by local building departments, California’s energy efficiency and sustainability construction provisions went into effect at the state level on January 1, 2011. While the subject has been discussed before, Engebretson’s comments below are quite interesting:

A key result of the code is that it will allow designers, contractors, and owners to plan and build to a certifiable green standard without having to go through the submittal process, and pay, for third-party certification. The CALGREEN Code mandates required field inspections using a public, transparent infrastructure. The advantage is that one code covers all occupancy types, while various third-party certification systems require a different set of guidelines for each occupancy type covered. There isn?t a point-based system ? standards and regulations replace a measurement system. The regulations were developed by consulting with both the California building industry and environmental groups. Additional provisions were written in case local jurisdictions wanted to adopt even more stringent code. CALGREEN also provides design options that will allow the designer to determine how best to achieve compliance for a given site or building condition.

In other words, the state of California is eliminating the need for third party, proprietary certification standards by establishing a tiered system. Will LEED be relevant in California moving forward?