About Green Building

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What - Green Building

Sustainable design or building "green" is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings. It provides cost savings to all Californians through improved human health and productivity, lower cost building operations, and resource efficiency. Most importantly, it moves us closer to a sustainable future.

Why - Responsibility to Environment

As part of West Hollywood's Vision 20/20, the City stated its commitment to protecting and facilitating a healthy environment.

In 2003, West Hollywood asked its residents and businesses what policies the updated General Plan should include. An overwhelming number of respondents concluded that green building should be a core principle of West Hollywood's General Plan.

  • 74% of participants thought it was appropriate to give incentives, such as increased density and building height, for developments that incorporate green building practices.
  • 91% of participants strongly agreed that the City should incorporate green building techniques into its own capital improvement programs and operations in order to minimize the consumption of natural resources and reduce pollution.

Recent studies show that the construction and maintenance of buildings are responsible for 40% of energy use in the U.S. as Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Research also shows that indoor air quality is poor in over 30% of buildings. Thus, the opportunity for green building to reduce energy use and improve indoor air quality cannot be overlooked or ignored. Development and construction practices have a major impact on the environment and our health.

How - The Green Building Program + Point System*

West Hollywood adopted its own Green Building Program, which mandates that:

  • All public buildings must meet LEED "Certified" standards.
  • All new residential buildings of three (3) or more units and all new commercial buildings must comply with Green Building Point System (effective October 1, 2007 with optional compliance on August 15, 2007).
    • 160 total points available
    • All projects must achieve 60 points minimum.
    • Projects that achieve 90 points are eligible for one incentive [PDF] of their choice.
    • Covers wide options, from bike parking and landscaping to floor finish materials.
  • All renovations and tenant improvements must comply with baseline standards.
  • Requirements are included in the new "Green Building" section of the Zoning Ordinance.

*You can view our Green Building Ordinance and a helpful, interactive Point System spreadsheet by following the links below.

 

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