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Green Codes for California: A Progress Report and Recommendations from 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, organized under the banner of USGBC California, convened the LEED & CALGreen User Group (User Group). This group of green building experts from across the state volunteered to share experiences, lessons learned, and ideas for improving and accelerating green building in California. 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, its partners and networks could ensure that California remains a global leader in high performance building design and construction. To this end, the paper offers nine recommendations and, in follow-up actions summarized in an Epilogue and an appendix, tees up exciting opportunities for streamlining documentation for projects seeking recognition for leadership above and beyond the CALGreen code.
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Authored by: USGBC California