The Buy Clean California Act, (Public Contract Code § 3500-3505), states the Department of General Services (DGS) is required to establish and publish the maximum acceptable Global Warming Potential (GWP). Its targets embedded carbon emissions of structural steel (hot-rolled sections, hollow structural sections, and plate), concrete reinforcing steel, flat glass, and mineral wool board insulation. These materials must have a GWP that does not exceed the limit set by DGS.

 

Find key legislation dates below.

 

January 1, 2020 – Awarding authorities will require submission of EPDs.

January 1, 2021 DGS will publish the maximum acceptable GWP for eligible materials.

July 1, 2021 – Awarding authorities will gauge GWP compliance of eligible materials with EPDs.

 

EPD submissions shall be developed according to the Product Category Rules (PCRs) found in the resources section below.

News

November 6, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.

 

November 6, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with Sierra Club.

 

October 31, 2019

DGS conducted a second External Stakeholder Meeting.

 

October 23, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with UL Environment.

 

October 16, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with SCS Global.

 

October 9, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

 

September 27, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with UL Environment.

 

September 25, 2019

DGS conducted a follow-up Awarding Agency workshop.

 

August 6, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with California Department of Transportation.

 

July 23, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute.

 

July 17, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with the American Institute of Steel Construction.

 

June 10, 2019

DGS participated in a teleconference with the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.

 

DGS expects to continue engaging with internal and external stakeholders as we implement the Buy Clean California Act.

U.S. Green Building Council is proud to assist manufacturers of steel, flat glass, and mineral wool insulation through the Buy Clean Incentive Program by offering incentives of up to $15,000. The incentive can be used to acquire their Environmental Product Declaration and green their own supply chain and manufacturing processes. 


Program Operator Consortium (POC) develops PCRs, reviews and verifies EPDs, reports Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and publishes customized Type III environmental declaration formats in accordance with the International Standard ISO 14025.

 

Find PCRs and EPDs on their website programoperators.org.

UL Environment develops PCRs and verifies EPDs alongside the POC.

Find PCRs that are under development or may not be covered by the POC.
Find 
EPDs in the UL SPOT database. Once there, enter the product name, look for certifications, then EPDs.

 

UL Environment develops PCRs and verifies EPDs alongside the POC.

Find PCRs that are under development or may not be covered by the POC.
Find 
EPDs in the UL SPOT database. Once there, enter the product name, look for certifications, then EPDs.

 

Reference PCRs for eligible materials:

Structural steel and concrete reinforcing steel
Title: North American Product Category Rule for Designated Steel Construction Products
Valid through: May 5, 2020
Version: 1.0
Program operator: SCS Global Services

 

Flat glass
Title: GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711
Valid through: March 31, 2020 (extended per PCRext 2019-101)

Program operator: NSF International

 

Mineral wool board insulation
Title: Part B: Building Envelope Thermal Insulation EPD requirements
Valid through: April 10, 2023
Version: 2.0
Program operator: UL Environment


External Outreach Materials

 

October 31, 2019

DGS held a second external stakeholder meeting. Presentation slides are available at the link below:

External Stakeholder Meeting Slides

 

June 26, 2018

DGS held its first external stakeholder meeting. Comment period responses are available at the link below: 

DGS Response Summary


If you would like a copy of all industry comments, please send a request via email to
BuyCleanCalifornia@dgs.ca.gov.

CONTACT

Engineering Branch

Department of General Services
Procurement Divsion

707 Third Street, Second Floor
West Sacramento, California 95605

BuyCleanCalifornia@dgs.ca.gov

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