CALGreen Building Code

California Green Building Standards Code

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) became effective throughout the state on January 1, 2014. CALGreen creates uniform regulations for new residential and non-residential California buildings that are intended to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy, and reduce environmental impacts during and after construction.

Residential buildings subject to CALGreen include multi-family residences and 1-and 2-family dwellings that have 3 or fewer stories. Non-residential buildings subject to the code include buildings used for retail, office, motels, hotels, and medical services.

The 2013 CALGreen now applies non-residential addition and alteration projects with or without sleeping accommodations and meeting the following criteria:

  • The permit application is submitted on or after January 1, 2014
  • The floor area for the addition (if any) exceeds 1,000 square feet
  • The permit valuation for the alteration (if any) exceeds $200,000

The 2013 CAL Green also applies residential addition and alteration where the addition or alteration increases the building's conditioned area, volume or size.

CALGreen Appendix Chapters A4 & A5 Tier 1

The City of Cloverdale City Council adopted CALGreen Appendix Chapters A-4 and A-5 tier 1 requirements for new residential buildings over 3,000 square feet and for non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet. Applicants for CALGreen Tier 1 projects are required to hire an approved third party CALGreen specialist for plan review, inspections, and documentation.

CALGreen Submittal Documents

The CALGreen residential and non-residential mandatory measures must be incorporated into building plan sets and the checklists shall be listed on 1 or more plan sheet(s). Additionally, 2 copies of the CALGreen checklists are to be provided on 8 ½ inches by 11 inches size paper and submitted to the Building Department with the building plan sets. View the 2013 California Green Building Checklist.

In addition to providing 2 copies of the CALGreen checklists, the City of Cloverdale requires a Waste Management Plan (WMP) as a condition of construction and demolition. The City of Cloverdale encourages efforts made by contractors to responsibly manage construction and demolition waste by diverting it from the landfills and directing it to an appropriate facility for recycling, salvage or reuse. The required goal is to reuse or recycle at least 65% of project waste.

Please consult your Building Department for a Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan Form for Reporting. View the Waste Management Form (PDF).

CALGreen Waste Management Plans

The 2016 California Green Building Code (CALGreen) requires construction and demolition projects including additions and alterations to divert from landfills at least 65% of the nonhazardous construction and demolition debris generated during the project.

To comply, contractors may either:

  • Obtain and maintain a waste management plan (PDF) from the City of Cloverdale Building Department and document diversion and disposal.
  • Utilize a waste management company that certifies a minimum 65% waste diversion.
  • Document and validate a combined disposal weight of less than or equal to 2 pounds per square feet in new construction of non-residential and residential low rise (3 stories or less). Or less than or equal to 3.4 pounds per square feet in new construction of residential high rise (4 stories or more).

For more information about CALGreen Waste Management requirements, please download a Construction and Demolition Recycling Program Brochure (PDF).