CALGreen Code Consulting
U.S. Commercial Building Inspections (USCBI) offers CALGreen code consulting and green building certification services in Southern California.
We assist commercial developers and builders understand the requirements of the code to assure that a project meets all the requirements of the code.
CALGreen is the first statewide green building code in the United States. Adopted in 2009, CALGreen requires all new commercial construction and major renovations to meet certain standards for water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and more.
It was developed by the California Building Standards Commission in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of new construction.
To meet these objectives, the code requires that certain standards be met in the design and construction of buildings.
Some of the specific standards that buildings must meet include:
All new construction must meet strict standards for water conservation, including low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets. In addition, greywater recycling systems are required for all new commercial construction projects over a certain size.
This includes features like solar panels, double-paned windows, and energy-efficient lighting.
Commercial construction companies must also perform an Energy Efficiency Audit prior to beginning work on any new project.
The audit assesses the project site and determines what measures can be taken to improve energy efficiency and minimize waste during construction.
Materials & Resources:
The code requires that all new construction use recycled materials whenever possible and that any wood used comes from certified sustainable forests. In addition, all demolition and construction waste must be properly disposed of or recycled.
The code also includes provisions for increased ventilation in office spaces and classrooms, as well as enhanced daylighting measures to reduce energy consumption.
To further encourage sustainable construction practices, CALGreen offers financial incentives for builders who exceed the minimum requirements set forth in the code.
In order to receive certification, you must submit an application and fee to the certifying body.
The application will be reviewed to ensure that all requirements have been met.
Once your project has been certified, you will receive a certificate that can be displayed at the site.
As the recognized leader in CALGreen building code consulting, U.S. Commercial Building Inspections (USCBI) provides a full suite of services to support your project from start to finish.
Our team of experts will work with you to ensure compliance with the latest green building code requirements, including the CALGreen code, LEED standards, and more.
USCBI offers a comprehensive range of services, including code research and analysis, code development and drafting, code consulting and training, and much more.
About this Process
U.S. Commercial Building Inspections is a fully licensed, insured, and certified CALGreen Code consulting company. Our service area covers San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
If you’re involved in the construction or real estate industries, it’s important to be up-to-date on the latest green building codes and standards, which include:
– Installing low-flow fixtures to reduce water usage
– Using environmentally friendly building materials
– Maximizing natural lighting and ventilation
– Implementing recycling programs
– Creating a multi-level parking system to encourage alternative transportation methods like carpooling or biking
– Including drought tolerant landscaping
– And more!