By: Bill Warkentin
The history and application of zoning codes until quite recently remained an evolutionary tale that began after the Chicago fire in 1909 and spread across the nation, big cities and small, dense urban areas and rural communities as well. The result is a century of antiquated, badly conceived and poorly written zoning codes. In particular, at least in Southern California, there are some significant gaps between current zoning law and sustainable development criteria, resulting in conflicts to designing and developing green buildings and communities. RESCUE Greens Bill Warkentin has studied this problem in some local jurisdictions and what follows are examples of discrepancies and conflicts between zoning codes and sustainable design criteria.
By: Andrew Walcker
The new Cal Green Building Code is to Architects as the Regional Water Board’s Order No. R8-2010-0033 / NPDES No. CAS 6180033 is to Civil Engineers! Not to be forgotten by all the anticipation of the new building code, the above mentioned revisions to Region 8’s Water Quality Management Plan will create many changes in storm water mitigation. The new order was adopted on January 29, 2010 and will come into enforcement July 29, 2011 by Riverside County Flood Control District (Principal Permittee) and all 15 cities (Co-Permittees).
By: Jon Dougal
Rebates and tax incentives are the engines that drive the solar business. The Rebates or subsidies can be used in various ways as incentives while producing two very different results. Rebates here in the U.S. (just federally reauthorized) work for home owners by reducing their capital outlay for energy upgrades (by approx 30%). The now defunct PACE program which was a means of financing energy efficiency levied a lien on the mortgage of a building to be paid off over the duration of the loan, thus defraying upfront costs while realizing the benefits of efficiency, this program will be reinstated. Rebates or tax incentives therefore drive demand.
By: Laurie Williams
LEED Automation was announced at GreenBuild 2010 and has the potential to positively impact the industry for many years to come. It provides bi-directional integration with LEED Online, which is the USGBC’s tool for submitting all of your documentation and project certification requirements. LEED Automation allows third-party tools to deliver value to the LEED certification process and is the next phase of the market transformation, ultimately streamlining the process. It improves efficiency, reduces cost and is a natural evolution as the green building industry matures.