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Green buildings reduce energy consumption, use water more efficiently and utilize materials with recycled content, thus saving money and natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.

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City of Fremont – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

All new single and multi-family residential projects in Fremont that are subject to discretionary approval must incorporate green building measures as a condition of approval.

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City of Huntington Beach – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Huntington Beach offers permit fee waivers for energy efficiency and solar upgrades and provides recognition to homeowners for installing green features in their homes through the Huntington Beach Green Scorecard program.

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City of Morgan Hill – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Morgan Hill incorporates green building measures as part of its annual competitive housing allotment process.

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City of Richmond – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Richmond’s green building ordinance requires mandatory compliance for all new and enlarged single and multi-family residential projects, as well as for new and renovated commercial/industrial projects. The green building requirements vary depending upon the size of the building.

Case Story San Rafael's 2010 Green Building Ordinance

City of San Rafael’s Green Building Ordinance

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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City of Santa Cruz – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

In order to receive a building permit, all new construction and most remodeling projects in Santa Cruz are required to earn a minimum number of green points from the city’s customized green building program.

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City of Santa Rosa – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Santa Rosa’s green building program covers new and existing residential and commercial buildings to assist the city in achieving its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2015.

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City of Riverside – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Riverside has a variety of green building programs, including the Riverside Green Builder program which offers new home builders expedited processing and utility meter approval. In addition, rebates are available through the city’s municipal electric and water utilities for energy and water efficiency retrofits on existing residential and commercial buildings.

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City of West Hollywood – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

West Hollywood requires all new and remodeled development to meet minimum green building standards.

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Town of Windsor – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

Windsor’s green building program is based upon Build It Green and LEED and applies to both new and expanded residential and commercial projects.

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County of San Mateo – Green Building Program to Address Climate Change

San Mateo County’s green building ordinance requires all new and remodeled residential and commercial projects to earn a minimum number of green points on either the GreenPoint Rated or LEED checklists.

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