Monday, June 1, 2015
In response to the current drought state of emergency declared by Governor Brown, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) today approved new water efficiency requirements for public school construction.
"In the face of California's unprecedented drought, we must update our building codes to use water as efficiently as possible," said DGS Acting Director Esteban Almanza. "California is serious about water conservation and is committed to promoting cost-effective policies that promote healthier places to live and work.”
The emergency changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) for construction enhance elements of the existing Department of Water Resources Model Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). The emergency measures are intended to improve water efficiency in new exterior landscaped areas. Other existing methods of conserving potable water include the use of captured rainwater, recycled water or graywater in landscape areas.
The requirements apply to K-12 public school and community colleges new construction and modernization projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect later this summer.
Read the press release