The emergence of CALGreen confronted the Los Angeles City Council with a dilemma -- how to integrate its existing LEED-based Green Building Program with the new state regulations? The twin goal was not to step back from its progressive sustainability policies, while also avoiding two overlapping, and potentially conflicting, standards. So, with the CALGreen deadline looming, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance effective December 27, 2010 that substantially revises the Green Building Program to replace the LEED standard with CAL Green. The product is the Los Angeles Green Building Code, which requires in accordance with state law that all new buildings meet the baseline requirements of CALGreen. The Green Building Code exceeds the scope of the state provisions by applying not only to new structures but also to all building additions and alterations over $200,000 in valuation, and by requiring ?solar ready? roofs and electric vehicle-ready components for all new buildings.
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