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California Department of General Services Releases California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)

The State of California Department of General Services released their policy that provides direction to state agencies that build, lease and operate state buildings, on reducing indoor pollutant levels and ensuring healthful indoor environments for occupants in new, renovated, leased, and existing state buildings, as directed in Governor’s Executive Order B- 18-12 and the Green Building Action Plan.

The Green Building Action Plan requires State agencies to implement measures to ensure a healthful indoor environment for their building occupants as follows:

New/Renovated State Buildings: State agencies shall implement mandatory measures and relevant and feasible voluntary measures of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), Part 11, related to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) that are in effect at the time of new construction or alteration. The information is available at http://www.bsc.ca.gov/home/calgreen.aspx

Existing State Buildings: When accomplishing Alterations, Modifications, and Maintenance Repairs and when relevant and feasible, state agencies shall implement the mandatory and voluntary measures of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) , Part 11, related to indoor environmental quality.

New and Renegotiated State Leased Buildings: The Department of General Services (DGS) will encourage Lessors to implement measures of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) related to indoor environmental quality, where economically feasible, for all new or renegotiated leases.

The Code documents the following major steps to ensure a healthful indoor environment:

1. Use indoor products and materials that emit little or no harmful chemicals;
2. Provide appropriate ventilation, filtration and proper Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment maintenance;
3. Prevent water intrusion and the growth of mold;
4. Implement line of sight and “daylighting” for new buildings; and
5. Solicit feedback from tenants every two years

Download the California Green Building Action Plan
Download the California Green Building Standard Code (CALGreen)

Note that some of the cited sources in this document may have become outdated from the time it was released.  However they will be updated as they change.

If you have any questions contact:
Peggy Jenkins, California Air Resources Board, mjenkins@arb.ca.gov; or
Leon Alevantis, California Department of Public Health, Leon.Alevantis@cdph.ca.gov


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