Effective January 1, 2011, the New 2010 Building Codes will be enforced Click the links below to view California Green Building Standards Code and City's Ordinance and Staff Report
Green buildings require the use of fewer natural resources and provide a healthy, productive indoor environment for occupants by using an integrated design approach that incorporates:
Early in the design process the entire life-cycle of the building and its components are considered, as well as the economic and environmental impact and performance. The project team looks at all aspects of the building design to make a conscientious assessment of how to lessen the environmental impacts associated with the project. The design team may include:
Increasingly, designers, builders, and property owners are becoming interested and involved in green building as the benefits become readily apparent. Benefits of building green include:
Green buildings can ultimately result in enhanced economic affairs, lead to market transformation, and provide for responsible, farsighted development.
Realizing that Pasadena’s rich architectural fabric and community livability should be complimented with environmentally sound buildings, the City pursued the development of a green building program focused on new devolpment.
In early 2005, Pasadena retained the services of a green building expert; reviewed existing City regulations; analyzed building activity; examined other jurisdictions’ environmental programs; and solicited advice from development groups with the goal of having a green building program approved by year end. A green ribbon committee of industry and community stakeholders was formed to provide guidance. As a result of these efforts, on December 19, 2005 (view staff report below), the Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a green building program with three components:
As stated by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, “Pasadena is a city that is committed to creating a livable community and our green building policies are intended not only to be efficient so that they are profitable but also so they are protective of the environment.”
Remarks of Mayor Bill Bogaard Pasadena’s Green Building Program October 20, 2005
Effective as a permanent city policy on April 15, 2006, the City Council approved a set of progressive green building regulations for public and private sector buildings – Pasadena Municipal Code Chapter 14.90 Green Building Practices Ordinance. Buildings required to comply with Chapter 14.90 include:
These thresholds were chosen as they represent a majority of construction projects in Pasadena and coincide with thresholds for other mandatory City reviews.
To increase the environmental performance of buildings in Pasadena, the City Council approved amendments to the above thresholds and requirements as follows:
These new requirements go into effect May 16, 2008 for projects that have not registered with the USGBC prior to May 16.
2007 Green Building Workshops
Workshop 1 "Green Building for the Homeowner"
Workshop 2 "Greening Your House" - Part I
Workshop 3 "Greening Your House" - Part II
Workshop 4 "Exterior Green: Landscaping for the Environment
Workshop 1 "Intro to Green Building and Green Building Ordinance"
Workshop 2 "The Costs and Benefits of Building Green"
Workshop 3 "Green Tenant Improvements/Maintenance and Operations"
Workshop 4 "Green Building Maintenance & Operations for the Exterior and Core
To measure a building’s “greenness” in a fair and consistent manner, the Green Building Practices Ordinance adopts by reference the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) green building rating system. Compelling reasons for selecting LEED over other green guidelines, and in lieu of creating separate guidelines for Pasadena, include LEED’s recognition as a national green building rating system, its flexibility, and its integrated approach to achieving “greenness.”
LEED awards points to buildings based on five main categories:
For more about the US Green Building Council and LEED go to http://www.usgbc.org/
Click here for information on the LEED green building rating system and portfolio of the green checklists.
The following steps are provided to assist in the review and approval of a project with a building that meets one of the Green Building Practices ordinance thresholds: Pre-Plan Check Steps:
Initial Plan Check Submittal (typical turn around time 30 days)
Plan Check Corrections:
The Green Building Development Guide provides architects, developers, property owners and others developing property in Pasadena an understanding of the relationship between the city of Pasadena's Green Building Practices Ordinance (Pasadena Municipal Code Chapter 14.90) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System. The intent of the guide is to explain Pasadena's plan check review and submittal requirements as it pertain to each LEED credit. Permit Center Plans submittal checklists
As an incentive to building green, the City offers LEED Accredited Professional experts to guide new projects through the green building review at no cost to the project applicant. For more information on this program contact a plans examiner at the City’s Building Division - 626 744 4200.
After a building is completed, the City offers $1,000 rebates for each affordable housing unit provided in a green building. This is above and beyond other affordable housing incentives offered by the City. The City’s Water and Power Department offers a variety of incentives, assistance, and rebates for green buildings and energy and water saving features.