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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces First-in-the-Nation Statewide Green Building Standards Code

Continuing California's efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) unanimously adopted the first-in-the-nation mandatory  Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect Jan. 1, 2011, these comprehensive regulations will achieve major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and water use to create a greener California.  Many of the mandatory provisions in the code are already part of the statewide building code, making verification of CALGREEN an easy transition for local building inspectors.