The Green Building Program provides presentations, trainings, and technical assistance to staff and elected officials of ACWMA’s 17 member agencies in the following areas:
- adoption and implementation of a Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance
- adoption and implementation of a Civic Green Building Ordinance, a policy to require that green building practices are incorporated in publicly owned and funded buildings.
We have created model documents, including ordinances, contract specifications and general plan language.
Construction & Demolition Waste Management
- Model Civic Green Building and Bay-Friendly Landscaping Ordinance
This model ordinance only covers city sponsored projects, defined as any construction project primarily funded or sponsored by the city or on city-owned land.
Model Green Building Resolution
The model resolution can be adopted prior to adopting an ordinance, to encourage green building for public facilities, commercial and residential projects whenever feasible.
Policy Tools for Green Building Ordinances
There are specific procedures that must be followed when making modifications to the state building code at the local level, including amendment of the California Energy Code, filed with the California Energy Commission, and amendment of the California Building Code, filed with the California Building Standards Commission. StopWaste.Org has developed a summary pathway
for adopting standards and have the following resources:
Cost Effectiveness Study for Alameda County
This study develops cost-effectiveness findings used in filing green building ordinances with the California Energy Commission. View the executive summary
or the full report
Model Findings for Alameda County
StopWaste.Org developed model findings for use in filing green building ordinances with the California Building Standards Commission.
- Model General Plan Language
This General Plan language can be adopted as part of a city’s General Plan Amendment process, to ensure that all green building policies are consistent with the General Plan.
- Model Resolution to adopt Residential Green Building Guidelines as Reference Document
A model resolution for cities to adopt the Alameda County Residential Green Building Guidelines as a voluntary City Reference Document.
- Jurisdictions with Green Building Policies
- Small Commercial Checklist and Verification Key
Green Building in Alameda County has developed a checklist for small commercial projects looking to build green.
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