CALGreen Code

In order to promote sustainability, DSA collaborates with stakeholders, experts and public entities to develop green regulations that govern the construction of buildings in California. We propose changes to the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 Overview), as well as develop and publishing interpretations of code and policies and procedures necessary for stakeholder understanding and coordination of enforcement among the DSA regional offices.

The building code becomes law when it's formally enacted by the appropriate authority. We are one of several state agencies that propose changes to the California Building and Administrative codes through the Building Standard Commission’s rulemaking process. The creation of regulation is directed through law. Regulations govern how the law will be enforced.


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.

The CALGreen Code is now published and available through the International Code Council at; and is posted online on the CBSC website.

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. Scoping specifics for existing public schools and community college sites can be found in Chapter 3.

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 "Energy Efficiency Regulations" section on this 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 "Outdoor Water Regulations" section on this 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, 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.

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


45-Day Comment Period – September 14, 2018 through October 29, 2018

DSASS-CC has submitted code change proposals to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for their 45-day public comment period. These items will be reviewed and discussed at the CBSC meeting to be scheduled at a date near the end of the current adoption cycle. A meeting notice will be issued announcing the date, time and location of the public meeting. Written comments will be accepted by the CBSC from September 14, 2018, until 5:00 PM on October 29, 2018. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


California Building Standards Commission (BSC) Green Building Code Advisory Committee Meeting – August 22 and 23, 2018

The California Green Building Code (Title 24, Part 11) code change proposals developed by the Division of the State Architect applicable to California public schools and community colleges will be reviewed and discussed at the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) Code Advisory Committee meeting on August 22, 2018 and, if necessary, on August 23, 2018.

Public comments may be submitted to the BSC prior to the meeting or may be presented verbally during the meeting. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the BSC website.

CALGreen Rulemaking Pre-Cycle Public Stakeholders Meeting - March 14, 2018

DSA will hold a rulemaking pre-cycle public stakeholders meeting on March 14, 2018 at the DSA Headquarters Conference Room B starting at 9:30 a.m. DSA is preparing code amendments to current CALGreen Code requirements for inclusion in the 2019 California Building Code, and is seeking input and comments from public school districts, community college districts, public stakeholders, interested parties and the general public. After two focus group workshops, this is the third and last forum planned to discuss DSA CALGreen Code proposals including two new code adoptions for EV infrastructure and shade trees.

CALGreen Rulemaking Pre-Cycle Workshop #2 - January 18, 2018

DSA will hold rulemaking pre-cycle workshop #2 on January 18, 2018 at the DSA Headquarters Conference Room B starting at 9:30 a.m. The agenda will include discussions about proposed CALGreen Code regulations regarding installation of ZEV infrastructure and shade trees at schools and community colleges.

CALGreen Rulemaking Pre-Cycle Workshop #1 - October 10, 2017

DSA held 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:


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Division of the State Architect

1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811


Ida A. Clair AIA, LEED AP, CASp

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