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Regulating green building codes


There are a lot of positive changes happening to make the world a greener place. Green building, emission-reducing automotives, new agricultural practices and energy-efficient appliances are a few of the mainstream changes we’re seeing. There’s just one problem: as more green items become available, there needs to be a regulatory system in place to ensure they deliver on what they promise.
We’ve seen the issues that arise due to improper regulation when it comes to Energy Star appliances and there could be a similar problem with green building. — which is why Calgreen, an initiative out of California, has come up with a plan and spearheaded a regulatory system.
In the United States, California has often been the state to set a green standard, so the fact that it is enforcing mandatory regulations for eco-friendly building isn’t surprising. While all buildings can choose whether to seek green status, those that do must recycle and use recyclable construction materials, measure water usage and comply with HVAC guidelines.
California has chosen to regulate green building as part of their greenhouse gas reduction goals for the next decade. However, their model is one that governments and independent businesses should adopt. It’s all fine and good to label something green, but if it’s not regulated and no standards are set then it becomes a question of “says who?”

(Image Courtesy Office of the Governor)