DSA joins with school districts and community colleges, in leading by example in water conservation and water efficiency efforts. Additionally, we create materials to offer education on some of the programs we administer, such as the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program and project certification.

Available Outreach and Education Materials

In 2015, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) launched an initiative to highlight ways to improve the built environment while simultaneously greening California’s aging school facilities with design concepts that will reduce energy and water consumption at campuses across the state. The initiative, dubbed 7x7x7: Design Energy Water, engaged seven noted architectural firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design, for seven representative school campuses.

DSA would like to thank Aedis Architects, DLR Group, Ehrlich Architects, Hamilton + Aitken Architects, HGA, Lionakis, and WRNS Studio for their participation in this initiative.

DSA would also like to thank Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, XL Construction and Neff Construction for their contributions to 7x7x7.

DSA's partners in this initiative included the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

For more information, check out the 7x7x7 Design Energy Water website.

Through teamwork, open communication, and transparency, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is committed to making the certification process a success for all parties involved.

An informational sheet outlining the certification process as well as the roles and benefits of the process to project inspectors, design professionals, and school districts is available for download. To conserve resources this informational sheet was designed to be viewed online, but if printing is your preference, we have provided a printer-friendly 11 x 17 option.

Senate Bill (SB) 1186 (Chapter 383, Statutes of 2012) created Government Code Section 4467. This statute was recently amended by Assembly Bill 1379 (Chapter 667, Statutes 2017). 

The purpose of the fee is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements. Additionally, the fee assists local jurisdictions in supporting the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program and provides the Division of the State Architect (DSA) with funds to maintain oversight of the CASp program.

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DSA joins with school districts and community colleges, in leading by example in water conservation and water efficiency efforts. DSA created  Water Conservation Tips for Schools (PDF) and Water Conservation at School Facilities (PDF) as water conservation resources for schools and community colleges to share with students, staff, landscapers, and janitorial crews.

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Division of the State Architect

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