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Green Codes for California: Progress Report and Recommendations from the LEED & CALGreen User Group

Four years after the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) was enacted in 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council and eight California chapters convened the LEED & CALGreen User Group. The User Group's goal was to look at how the implementation of California's green building code was unfolding and to explore how USGBC and its partners and networks could ensure that California remains a global leader in high performance building design and construction. 

This report presents the User Group's findings and recommendations in the areas of education and outreach, funding for enforcement, code clarity, uniform documentation, a plan for the tiers, regional adoption of tier criteria, continuous improvement, model code alignment, and stakeholder engagement. To read the report, click the Download button above. 

As a result of this effort, the U.S. Green Building Council has approved a new documentation pathway for LEED projects in California (read more about the new documentation path here). 

The LEED & CALGreen User Group was chaired by Wes Sullens, StopWaste's Green Building Policy and Advocacy Manager.