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CALGreen Code

CALGreen Code for Schools and Community Colleges

Part 11 of the Title 24 Building Standards Code is the California Green Building Standards Code, also known as the CALGreen Code. This is the first statewide green building standards code in the nation. For more information, visit the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) website at www.bsc.ca.gov.

The CALGreen Code is now published and available through the International Code Council at http://codes.iccsafe.org; and is posted online on the CBSC website at www.bsc.ca.gov/Home/CALGreen.aspx.

The 2016 CALGreen Code became effective on January 1, 2017. All newly constructed buildings on new or existing sites shall comply with the CALGreen Code, Chapter 5.

There are up to three parts to a CALGreen Code submittal to the DSA: California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6), Outdoor Water Regulations, and all other DSA mandatory measures.

  1. The California Energy Code is part of the CALGreen Code in Chapter 5.2. Refer to the DSA Energy Efficiency Regulations web page for the self-certification checklists for the DSA submittal.
  2. Irrigated landscape work, new and rehabilitated, shall comply with the CALGreen Code, Chapter 5, Section 5.304.6. Refer to the DSA Outdoor Water Regulations web page for the self-certification procedures and additional information.
  3. All DSA mandatory measures are summarized in the checklist, GL-4: Project Submittal Guideline for CALGreen Code (PDF - 243 KB), a quick reference to the provisions adopted by DSA.

All of the voluntary measures, as outlined in the Appendix Chapter A5 of the CALGreen Code, are optional and serve as a guideline to further encourage building practices that surpass the mandatory measures. Districts and planners of education facilities are encouraged to exceed the CALGreen Code to improve public health, safety, and general welfare by implementing the use of these building concepts to minimize the building's impact on the environment, conserve water, and promote more sustainable and high-performance schools and community colleges.


CALGreen Code Development

2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle

DSA did not propose code revisions during the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle.


2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle

DSA will hold rulemaking pre-cycle workshop #1 on October 10, 2017 at the DSA Headquarters Conference Room B starting at 9:00 a.m. The meeting agenda includes discussions about ZEV infrastructure and alignment with the nonresidential code adopted by the California Building Standards Commission.

The meeting agenda and documents related to discussion items on the agenda are available for download: