Los Angeles Plans to Clear the Smog!

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What, they don’t like the big gray cloud that hangs over the city?! The Los Angeles Planning Commission has just approved measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions through green building programs.

Even though California currently has the strictest building codes in the U.S., the city of L.A. recognizes that it needs to do more. New buildings with more than 50 units or 50,000 square feet would be required to meet the basic certification level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. These efforts will not only increase energy efficiency and utilize renewable energy sources in the 2nd largest metropolitan area in the nation, but will also reduce demolition and construction waste, as well as conserve water.

The U.S.G.B.C. also awards higher levels of LEED certification at the silver, gold and platinum levels. In fact, for projects seeking to achieve silver status, permits will be expedited in the City of Angels.

According to the article in the Los Angeles Times, “More than 25 cities nationwide already require LEED certification for publicly funded buildings, such as fire stations, schools and libraries.” We’re realizing that we can make a huge difference in regards to the environment with green building. Since our power needs are immense, our efforts will reduce pollution and the impact of global climate change.

Tag(s): Energy, Green Building, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming

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