Buy Clean California Act
State agencies, University of California and California State University System, construction materials industries, other interested parties can learn more about the embedded carbon emissions of construction materials used in public works projects.
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). It targets embedded carbon emissions of structural steel (hot-rolled sections, hollow structural sections, and plate), carbon steel rebar, 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.
Awarding authorities will request submission of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
Awarding authorities will require submission of EPDs.
DGS will publish the maximum acceptable GWP for eligible materials.
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.
- The City of Berkeley has adopted Resolution No. 68,893-N.S. to support the implementation of the Buy Clean California Act along with the city of Cupertino (Resolution No. 19-040) and Richmond (Resolution No. 68-18).
- The Buy Clean California Act of 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Contractors can be found by clicking on the FAQ tab below.
- DGS released Management Memo No. 19-01 for the Buy Clean California Act. Beginning January 1, 2019, awarding authorities will request successful bidders for public works contracts to submit current facility-specific EPDs for all eligible materials.
April 17, 2019
Title: North American Product Category Rule for Designated Steel Construction Products
Valid through: May 5, 2020
Program operator: SCS Global Services
Title: GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711
Valid through: March 31, 2020 (extended per PCRext 2019-101)
Program operator: NSF International
Title: Part B: Building Envelope Thermal Insulation EPD requirements
Valid through: April 10, 2023
Program operator: UL Environment
DGS held an external stakeholder meeting on June 26, 2018 and had a comment period to receive stakeholder feedback. Find DGS responses by clicking on the link below:
If you would like a copy of all industry comments, please send a request via email to BuyCleanCalifornia@dgs.ca.gov.
Department of General Services
West Sacramento, California 95605
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