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Residential Green Building Guidelines. Karen Kho Alameda County Waste Management Authority. Alameda County Guidelines. Developed to provide guidance on how to build green Target audiences: Municipalities Building professionals General public. Residential Guidelines. 2004. 2001. 2000.

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Residential green building guidelines

Residential Green Building Guidelines

Karen Kho

Alameda County Waste Management Authority

Alameda county guidelines

Alameda County Guidelines

  • Developed to provide guidance on how to build green

  • Target audiences:

    • Municipalities

    • Building professionals

    • General public

Residential guidelines

Residential Guidelines




Content of guidelines

Content of Guidelines

  • Describe green building practices

  • Explain consumer benefits

  • Provide data for appropriate material applications

  • Demystify ways to build green

  • Identify proven green building methodologies

  • Sales tools for building and remodeling green

New home construction guidelines

New Home Construction Guidelines

  • Developed in collaboration with local builders (Pulte, Centex, Ponderosa, Greenbriar, Toll Brothers), design community and building officials

  • Residential Green Points Rating System has been used by builders since 2000 (Pleasanton – over 500 homes)

Home remodeling guidelines

Home Remodeling Guidelines

  • Developed in collaboration with local builders and remodeling industry

  • Over 150 Certified Green Building Professionals – NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry)

  • Green Remodelers Guild

Multifamily guidelines

Multifamily Guidelines

  • Developed in collaboration with architects, project managers, contractors, non-profit housing developers and city housing staff

  • Rating tool to evaluate green projects in pilot phase

Regional coordination

Regional Coordination

  • Other jurisdictions in Northern California have reprinted guidelines

  • Build It Green Public Agency Council

    • 50+ Cities in Northern California

    • Began working on revisions to guidelines to create “regional guidelines”

Statewide guidelines

Statewide Guidelines

  • Voluntary residential guidelines for California

  • Based on Alameda County New Home Construction Guidelines

  • Provides the “big tent” for all green building programs from NAHB to USGBC

Revision to new home guidelines

Revision to New Home Guidelines

  • Technical corrections

  • Broader geographic application

  • Title-24 changes

  • Incorporate California Green Builder Program, forthcoming NAHB guidelines and LEED-Homes guidelines

Development timeline

Development Timeline

California green points

Provide a reference system for comparing different programs

California Green Points

Build it green taking green building mainstream

Build It Green:Taking Green Building Mainstream

David JohnstonFounding Advisor to Build It Green

What is build it green

What is Build It Green?

  • A non-profit organization dedicated to transformation of housing market

  • Founded by suppliers that participated in Alameda County program



  • Promote collaborating of major stakeholders to increase supply of green homes

  • Raise consumer awareness about benefits of green homes to increase demand

Challenges ahead

Challenges Ahead

  • Marketplace confusion from competing guidelines on definition of “green”

  • Trade associations

  • Need for consumer outreach and education

  • Coordination among jurisdictions

Build it green s approach

Build It Green’s Approach

  • Work with all stakeholders

  • Employ strategies appropriate for each group

  • Use persuasion rather than coercion

  • Take advantage of market forces

Associate council activities

Associate Council Activities

  • Supported formation of Public Agency Council and Green Remodelers Guild

  • Real Estate Council and Non-Profit Council in formation

  • Builders Council and Suppliers Council planned for early 2005

Build it green councils guilds

Build It GreenCouncils & Guilds










Public Agency Council

County/ Regional


Suppliers Council



Non-Profit Council


Real Estate Council




Environmental Groups



Support for statewide guidelines

Support for Statewide Guidelines

  • Create infrastructure to support municipal programs

  • Deliver educational programs for building industry professionals

  • Coordinate consumer marketing activities

  • Create home rating system based on guidelines

  • Facilitates public/private/civic sector partnerships

Build it green s 2005 work plan

Build It Green’s 2005 Work Plan

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